A few days ago, my club, the Western New York Flash, played our biggest game of the season. We played against magicJack, the second-place team in the WPS.
We knew heading into the game it was going to be a battle. Both teams are completely stacked, with up to 15 players between the two teams who will be representing various national teams during this summer's World Cup.
The women's soccer world is very small, so most of us have played with and against each other for many years. Most of us are great friends off the field, but as soon as the whistle blew, we were competing very hard. The opening half was a battle. MagicJack played an attacking formation, with only three defenders. As a result, the game was end to end with both teams creating multiple chances.
Personally, I hit the crossbar and missed a breakaway. But as a forward it is all about creating chances, when you aren't creating chances -- that's a problem. We scored two goals in the first half, but we knew the game was not over with the immense talent on the other team.
The second half saw both teams settle down and the game was much tighter. There were fewer chances, but we were able to score late in the game on a penalty shot to win the game 3-0. It was a great victory for us as it separated us from the rest of the teams in the league.
Even better than the game was the number of fans who came out to support the two teams. We had more than 8,000 fans watching two of the best women's soccer teams play. It was amazing. So a big thank you goes out to all of our fans!
It was an amazing environment, I hope it can continue throughout the rest of the season.
I now have only two weeks before heading over to Europe for the last time before the start of the World Cup. I am very excited and can't wait to get back training with my Canadian teammates.