Sunny afternoon at Brodeur saw D1 United women take on the high flying Bays team who were sitting in first place.
Both teams were hurting for numbers on the day, but the home team started brightly & opened the scoring within ten minutes. Great forward checking by Michelle saw the ball break free to Kaitlin who made no mistake with her first goal of the season.
Hungry for more, United kept the momentum going, working hard to break up attacks & create chances of their own. There was a great shot from Sydney that beat the Bays keeper, cannoned off the inside of one post, across to the other (fans cheering thinking surely it was in) but it bounced out... luckily, team captain Becca was on hand to tap home & made it 2-0 at half time.
Things got tougher & more physical in the second half with the ref siding with Bays on most calls. Unfortunately for Bays they picked up an injury that left them a player short. This seem to spur them on to create some half decent chances.
About 25 minutes into the second half Bays got a break into the box where Chloe came out to challenge. From the sidelines it looked like she made contact with the ball & then the striker. This is not how the ref saw it & he blew for a pk. Meanwhile Chloe was down hurt as the ref loomed over her with a card. At this point the AR called the ref over to make sure the card was going to be yellow & not red.
This was the lifeline Bays were praying for. But not today, as Chloe had other plans & made a great save on the spot kick.
Bays did manage to pull one back with about 10 minutes to go which started to make for a nervy few minutes until Michelle bagged a third as she lobbed the keeper from a tight angle to end any hopes of a come back for Bays.
Well deserved victory for United as they demonstrated a greater hunger for the three points.