Chaos nails down berth in quarter-finals
The Richmond Girls Soccer Association Chaos is moving on.
The Metro Women's Soccer League Third Division side has had advanced to quarter-finals of Cup play following an 8-1 victory over the Dunbar Thunder last weekend.
The Chaos and Thunder had won both of their Cup round-robin games with the same goal differential—an aggregate five goals for and five against. And with Chaos without leading scorer Kelsey Lawrence, swing defender/mid fielder Alexis Ford, star midfielder Jenny Lyons and steady outside midfielder Dani Pacheco out the lineup, Chaos coach Al Groff expected a very close match.
While usual striker Lauren Tasaka was pressed into service as a centre midfielder replacing Lyons, and paired with Erin Lee, the duo took only four minutes to combine to set striker Asia Robinson free on a Tasaka feathered lead pass. Robinson made no mistake one timing the ball past the Thunder keeper. Robinson then returned the favour about 20 minutes later setting up Tasaka in the middle of the field with a great centering pass. Tasaka hit the ball strongly getting the ball to go in just inside the far post. This was after several Chaos attempts to score hit crossbars and posts by striker Natalie Sczerkowsky, Robinson and Lydia Pengilley who usually patrols the back end for the Chaos.
Then against the flow of the play, the Thunder struck quickly with a volley kick from their midfielder Lorah Delaney. She made perfect contact to a clearing kick from Chaos keeper Julia Badock. The ball floated just over Badock’s head. Just before the end of the half, the Chaos scored again. Robinson putting a Janessa Murao centering pass into the back of the net. The half ended Chaos 3 - Thunder 1. The right to go to the next round of Cup play now would be decided by the goal differential: the Chaos relative to the other group leaders. Coach Al Groff urged the team at half time to keep control of the ball, take the good shot and goals would come.
In the first play of the second half Tasaka, spotted Sczerkowsky on the seam in the middle and the Chaos striker made not mistake scoring from fifteen feet out. A few minutes later, Tasaka was fouled in the box by the Thunder defence. Murao scored on the awarded free kick struck the ball low to the left of the Thunder goalie. The Chaos got even on the floater goal they gave up in the first half when Chaos defender Jen Forsberg boomed a stolen ball from about 30 yards out into top of the Thunder net. As the game opened up, Robinson scored her hat trick goal on give-and-go with Victoria Groff. Groff also usually is a defender but was in the other striker spot for much of the second half. Robinson one timed it past the Thunder keeper. The Chaos finished their scoring the way they started with Robinson scoring her fourth on another lead pass from Tasaka. This time the ball went to the keeper’s right side on a hard strike by the Chaos player.
Chaos keeper Badock thanked her defensive four made of Groff, Pengilley, Forsberg, Sarah Little and Andrea Bertram. With outside mids Ana Pacheco, Kirstin Sullivan and Murao in control of the outside it let the Chaos attack the middle of the field throughout the game.
The Chaos will return to action Sunday, March 3.