Cervesa Modelo Woman of the Match: Mel Johnson

June 10th, 2017

The Force Women played host to the Twin City Union in NWPL action Saturday afternoon at Gordon Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.  A light sprinkle at the beginning of the match was all the wet that either teams would see from the weather and a pretty good game was ahead of us.

Things got of to a bit of an odd start when GM and PA Announcer Micah McMonagle realized that the US Flag was mysteriously missing from it's normal spot in the corner of the field.  Some quick improvisation resulted in fans and players standing to face the TCU goal keeper, Emily Sorenson who was wearing West Coast Goal keeping's Freedom Gloves which proudly display the flag on the back of them, which Emily proudly displayed above her for all to see.

The first half was mostly Force in the first 15 minutes without a whole lot to speak of in the way of chances.  The second 15 minutes was a little more even between the sides and still neither team could produce a really great scoring opportunity.  The final 15 minutes of the first half were about as even as the game could be.  Each team would get a shot within a minute or two of each other.  TCU's difficulty in scoring due to the defense of the Force and the Force couldn't do much going forward with the ball. 

In the second half, Head Coach Jason Jarrett decided to make some changes to try and get some more offense going.  This would likely add a little vulnerability to the back line but it didn't seem like anything they couldn't handle in this one.  Unfortunately, a bit of a blunder in the back gifted the first goal to TCU only 4 minutes into the second half and now the Force would need the extra offense to get back into the game.  For the next 25 minutes, it worked.  The ladies were more dangerous on the attack, with more opportunities going forward as well as some near misses and free kicks as well.  This extra offense gave TCU a couple of chances on the quick counter but GK Ricci Wiedbrecht was up to the challenge.  A big key to the extra attack and being able to anchor things down with fewer players in the back was CDM Melissa Johnson.  Mel seemed to find every passing lane and get in on every tackle.  She supported the defenders and fed the midfielders consistently through the whole game which earned her the Cervesa Modelo Woman of the Match.

In the 75th minute, the Force were on the attack and a rare ball given away in the midfield saw TCU looking to break quickly the other way.  "I was in the back by myself, holding a deep position,  I saw we gave possession away and instantly knew the girl was going to turn and play it long.  I stepped up a good 5 yards before she even turned with the ball putting the forward in an offside position but for some reason he kept his flag down.  It really wasn't close," said Force center back Kruzner.  That goal would put the Union up by two and the Force really had to push.  Unfortunately, this resulted in another close call in the offside department in added time that again ended up giving the Union another goal.

A huge thank you to Dr. Dave Damon of the Force Medical Team and Kitsap Physical Therapy and Sports Clinics for doing such a great job all day with both the women and the men keeping them in one piece.

The women will travel next weekend to Everett to take on Fuerza FC before returning home to face the Washington Timbers at South Kitsap High School on the 24th on South Kitsap Soccer Club Benefit Weekend.  Kickoff set for 2pm, with the kid's summer camp starting on the 22nd.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CAMP.