by Jimmi Hemmenbach, staff writer
This season’s White team combines
players from last season’s Green and White teams and includes
one new player, Dalchung Kim, a Swedish midfielder from Stockholm.
The team has high expectations for this fall season, reinforced
by Coach Scott Liedtke, who believes that the team is capable
of winning all three competitions: the regular season, the play
off championship, and the Robledo Cup.
However, their hope for an undefeated season was ended by the
The teams seemed evenly match in the game’s opening quarter
hour. Both teams tried to keep possession of the ball without
either succeeding. After 15 minutes, Alf Kristian Amundsen gave
Akihide Adachi a through ball. Adachi dribbled past the Bull’s
goalie for a 1-0 score.
After the goal, HPU dominated play, forcing the Bull’s
players to chase the ball. At halftime, Liedtke was only somewhat
satisfied. “I think we kept possession of the ball pretty
well,” he said. “The score could have been 2-0 or
more, but we didn’t take advantage of our chances.”
The second half had a totally different face. HPU seemed satisfied
with its lead, while the Bulls looked for the equalizer. It came
60 minutes into the game. Against a sleepy HPU defense, a Bull’s
player managed to take the ball inside the HPU penalty box and
past White team’s keeper Nicholas Neacsu.
Instead of taking the goal as an alarm bell and therefore working
harder, the White team got anxious and insecure. Seventy-five
minutes into the game, the Bulls took advantage of an HPU defensive
mistake and scored the winning goal.
Liedtke expressed his disappointment after the game. “The
Bulls kept the pressure up throughout the game. We didn’t,” he
said. “The loss of Björn Lidman at the end of the
first half hurt us,” he added.
“As a group, I don’t think they are where they should be [physically
and tactically],” he said. “We have some work to do.”