Mavs Nip Bulldogs 1-0

     The Mavericks travelled to Boiling Springs looking for a season sweep of the Bulldogs.  The Mavs played into a stiff wind to start and did well keeping the ball down and playing to feet.  The two teams spent the first minutes trying to find weaknesses to exploit and it was Mauldin that found the first crack.  Emily Smith intercepted a short clearance and slotted the ball through to Jordan Mosher on the left.  Jordan’s quick shot caught the keeper leaning the wrong way but she somehow got an outstretched glove to the ball.  The game resumed its back and forth ebb but the hustle and hard work of the Mavs middies began to shift control of the midfield.  Sydney Shaw was tenacious in the center and started a couple nice combinations down the right with Angela Possidente and Jordan.  The Bulldogs failed to clear a corner kick and Brooke Sweetenburg played the ball low to the near post, but an alert keeper just beat two Mavs to the ball.  Angela started another attack, sending the ball across to Jordan who found Heather Madden in the arc.  Heather spotted Brooke unmarked to her left and played her in behind a defender.  Brooke shot low to the post and it took two saves by the netminder to prevent the score.  The ‘dogs could not hold the Mavs all day and Mauldin found their success late in the half.  Angela collected a ball near midfield and sent it diagonally through the first defenders.  Jordan raced behind, beating two more to the ball before sliding her shot under a charging keeper to celebrate her birthday put the Mavs ahead.

     Mauldin opened the second half much as they came off the field.  As the Bulldogs started to give the Mavs more space on the ball and concede some challenges, Mauldin continued their domination with the ball.  A disciplined back line calmly dealt with the few instances a Bulldog found its way near the Mauldin penalty area.  Meghan Edwards and Kristine Arnau showed good cover and depth on the right while Sadie Smith provided high pressure on the left.  Allison Rushing mopped up the strays in her energetic style.  Ten minutes into the half the Mavs were reduced to ten for retaliation for a missed foul.  The Mavs rallied and the impact on the quality of their game was trivial.  Emily led the charge with a long high shot and Jordan was there looking for a rebound.  The Mavs mounted several waves of pressure on the goal and forced Boiling Springs to pack in their back eight.  Brooke, Brianna Bassie, Meaghan McGinty and Heather combined for several good attacks on the right while Lauren Hawley, Emily and Angela forced the play on the left.  Brianna showed her mettle after being dispossessed deep in the Bulldog end. Their center mid played a long ball to the center to launch the only counter attack of the half.  Brianna made up the twenty-five yards and won the ball back at the edge of the circle to stifle the play.  The Mavs continued to keep the ball in the Bulldogs’ end and look for a second goal.  They continued to probe the area but the drawn in defense crowded out the final touch needed.  At full time the Mavs had another road shutout for Olivia Baker, a challenging but valuable tactical lesson, and a birthday girl with a goal.  Nice job Mavs!!