Sunday, February 15, 2009

Match Day Two In Bermuda Ends In Victory

After a morning classroom session the team headed to St. George for a brief sightseeing trip. We were surprised to find that many of the locals not only knew the score of our match with Sochaux, but also knew that we have given up a late goal the night before. It was fun banter while wandering the streets of this historic settlement. The island is truly in tune with the event.

In the afternoon attention turned back to the task at hand, the first of Bermuda’s two U15 National Team’s. The game was marked by sloppy play on both sides early. Bermuda struck first off a corner kick. Their athleticism caused problems for most of the first half and it was only minutes before the halftime whistle that the young Rapids settled in. Just before the half Ricardo Perez curled a free kick into the box where Geno Bigelow glanced it passed the goalkeeper to tie the score.

The second half began better for the Rapids as they found more possession. Bigelow was fouled in the box and Perez finished the penalty with authority to give the visitors the lead for good. For a second straight night goalkeeper Brad Holub made two acrobatic saves to secure the lead. Following some decent buildup and with just moments remaining, Delfino Balderas put the game on ice with a clever finish over the top of the closing Bermudan goalkeeper.

It was a short night for Bigelow as he had to leave the island at dawn to travel in to the U15 National Team camp in Florida. The rest of the team will wrap up the trip by taking on the other half of Bermuda’s U15 split squad this evening.

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