GC Damen: 0:7 defeat against Rotweiss Wettingen

The cold, wet Sunday weather did little to dampen the GC spirits, who were in fine form and were fired up from the start of the game.

The Rotweiss forwards looked sharp from the beginning and dominated the play in the first five minutes. But GC showed that they were up for the challenge and counter-attacked with Inga, who was able to outrun the RWW defence to get the opportunity to get a shot on goal, showing great individual skill.

Wettingen was able to make a break through when the forwards made a quick one-two in the D and were able to slot the ball passed Jose.

A dangerous RWW counter-attack moved fluidly up the field and it looked as though it would be another opportunity for them to strike on goal, until Tanja made a driving tackle that would made a stuntman nervous to relieve the forward of the ball and bring the possession back to GC.

GC continued to defend strongly but conceded numerous short corners. Rotweiss extended their lead from one of these, despite an excellent double save from Jose. Their third goal came a few minutes later when a Rotweiss forward found herself free in the D and slotted the ball home from the penalty spot.

It looked like it would be 4:0 at half time, when a RWW midfield took the ball and skilfully avoid not one, not two but three GC players. Luckily Jose was ready and waiting and easily blocked the ball and the player from inflicting any further damage.

As the rain continued to pour down in the second-half, both teams were wondering if they should have brought snorkels and flippers instead of hockey sticks. The surface water was collecting all over the pitch making it increasingly difficult to make sharp, clean passes. The water took any speed off the ball which caught both teams out on several occasions.

In the third quarter, GC pushed hard as a unit. The forward line were able to produce sustained pressure by running the ball down quickly. The Wettinger defence looked flustered under the pressure and some good running from Clara on the left, around the back of the defence, was sadly in vain as the RWW keeper was ready to smoother the ball and prevent the waiting GC attack from tapping the ball home.

Rotweiss Wettingen increased their lead by 3 more goals in the third quarter but the goals came more from the growing unpredictability of the pitch as it became physically hard to clear the ball from the D and the RW attack pounced on the opportunities to tap the ball away. However, Tilia made some solid saves to keep the score low.

After a short discussion about whether the match should be abandoned, the fourth quarter began. The GC attack again worked hard to stretch the pitch but opportunities were lacking. The final goal from RWW came from a tap in on the far post after some frantic defending on the near post.

The result flattered the home team slightly as the final score didn’t reflect the effort and determination that the GC team put into the match.

GC Players:
Josefine Quack (GK), Tilia Schneider (GK), Tettje Halbertsma, Mathilde Dupin (C), Laura Poulastrou, Lyndsay Lomax, Virginia Friedrich, Clara Baumhauer, Luntu Ntloko, Inga Bartels, Julia Fröschner, Tanja Melle, Wendela Koelman, Anna Denkeler, Nina van der Veen, Hanna Wettstein, Nicole Arlt

Coach: Lukas Roloff