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West coast 5-3 Highlanders we had a horrible game that took a while to get going. To give them credit they pressured hard and finished their chances. It was 3-0 before we woke up. We pressed hard and got to 4-3 before they scored late.
Ref was a joke. We showed up at Pitt and they had no lights. Had the game moved to Karina LeBlanc. We then started the game at 8:20 and the ref said we will try and get the game in. Both sides agreed to have no half time. The ref then proceeded to call the first half at 35 min. We asked what was up and he said he had stuff to do. Second half he failed to see us clearly score and called the second half at 35 min too. It was earlier than if we had started on time and played 45 min halves. Pretty sure with 20min more we win this game.
Yep. He claimed the lights were going to go off too early, but they remained on for 30 minutes after he ended the game.

Tale of two halves. Once we got it to 4-3 (plus a disallowed goal that was a good 2 feet over the goal line), Westcoast seemed to panic. Unfortunately we had to throw everybody forward 10 minutes earlier than we should have, and they caught us on the break to open the 2 goal lead again.

We created our own hole, but the ref really didn’t give us much chance to get ourselves out of it.
 

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Highlanders 4-2 Guildford. We went up 1-0 15min on a beaury bike from our winger from just inside the box. Their one guy up front, the only quality player on their team, burned us for two quick ones before we were able to contain him for the rest of the game. We leveled before half with about 70% of the possession. Their keep made a number of decent saves and some of our finishing was sub par. We owned most of the second half as well and got two more for the win. If you can contain their Golden Boot candidate they have nothing else. Big game with Rockets next week.
 
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SAFC 2 - TWU 0

Their keeper was splendid. No excuse on our part but missing both our keepers, 2/4 of our starting D line. 2 other starters to injury from previous game and myself and another starter were at our D1 game and had to come late. Was 0-0 when I showed up. Good effort from TWU, even though they’re winless to this point I’m sure they can upset a team or two if they didn’t take them serious going into the match.
 

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How are you all finding the officiating this year?

Ours started with some bad and even terrifying refs who really lost any control and allowed for some really violent play go, then the last three games we have had really good refs.
To be clear my expectations for a good ref is managing the game and maintaining a flow. Obviously a ref with no linesman is going to miss some plays in a game and I find that acceptable, particularly when they own it.
 
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1-0 over Poco fc unicorns don’t know how the game went after 35 min mark as I had to leave to our D1 game but we were all over them when I left. Seems things changed for our boys with it coming to a closer finish then they wanted.
 

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Couple better results for us these past 2 weeks after a real bad stretch.
Went back to basics and trying to actually defend. Quite an innovative idea, figured we'd give it a try.

Not sure how Guildford has gotten the results they have...not a good team.
 

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ND 91’s 3-0 LUSA C

First off, I’m a Langley boy, but it was much more of a 1-0 than a 3-0 game. 91’s first goal was a ridiculous deflection off our cb and their second was from the spot on a meh call.

Anyone else had Jianu as a ref before? Guy has to be one of the worst refs i’ve seen.
 
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Westcoast Strikers 1-1 Highlanders. Strikers are a good team that pass the ball around quite well. They like to shoot from distance and would probably have more success if they attempted to penetrate our back line a little more. Their goal was a bullet from 25 yards out that took a deflection on its way through and caught our keeper. We scored shortly after on a rebound from a free kick from just outside the box. 1-1 at half. We almost got another if not for the post and the cross bar. They had more of the ball throughout the night, but we held them and countered well enough to out chance them. Sure could have used the three points but a draw was a fair result.
 

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Highlanders 4-3 Unicorns. Gotta love crappy wet grass fields. Still got the needed 3 points. Big game next week with Benders.
 

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Felt good to give a first loss of the season to Langley. Sure they were short handed, but we will gladly take it.
 

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Highlanders 2 - 1 Benders

Pretty tame game compared to the usual battles between us. Benders went up early on a great strike that our keeper had no chance on. We equalized just before half on a scramble off a corner that our center back popped in. We grabbed the winner with about 10 left off another corner that our other center back tapped in.

Good game as always against those guys, they were missing a couple key guys though. Onto Celtic next week.
 

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Highlanders 3-1 Celtic
Celtic showed with 10 men and put in a solid effort. We scored early on a nice through ball and finish from our CM. They replied as their striker put away a breakaway. He created some problems for us and when they put him onto their back line they didn't generate alot more after that. The second half they tired and we controlled the game. With a full squad it would have been a good battle. With a TWU reschedule next week we're off until the new year when we're welcomed back by the Hawks. Hope there isn't too much rust on the old bones by then.
 

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The last few games, depth of squad has played an increasing role in the outcome of games. Having a few subs when the opponent has none has been a big factor in recent wins.

Gotta get the job done to win... but being able to pull away at the end helps with more rested bodies ready to go.
 

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The last few games, depth of squad has played an increasing role in the outcome of games. Having a few subs when the opponent has none has been a big factor in recent wins.

Gotta get the job done to win... but being able to pull away at the end helps with more rested bodies ready to go.
Groundbreaking beer league soccer observation
 
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Highlanders 0-0 Hawks. We took it to them the entire game with no ability to finish. They didn't get a quality chance in the game and seemed quite content with the tie. Sure wish we would have finished one of our dozen chances. Hope we get our finishing touch for the next game with TriCity.
 
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7 wins in a row now for NorDel Titans. Lots of angry, cheap shot players out there this year, seems more prevalent than other years.
 
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Highlanders 0-0 Hawks. We took it to them the entire game with no ability to finish. They didn't get a quality chance in the game and seemed quite content with the tie. Sure wish we would have finished one of our dozen chances. Hope we get our finishing touch for the next game with TriCity.

LOL not the post game scouting report I heard. But hey what ever they’ll be D2 next fall so
 
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