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Chaos adjusting to life in soccer’s higher tier
Richmond Chaos are quickly learning how challenging life in the Metro Women's Soccer League Second Division is.
An undefeated regular-season in the Third Division a year ago earned the Richmond side promotion. But after two matches to kick off the 2013-14 campaign, they're still winless.
"It's definitely a little tougher," said coach Al Groff, whose Richmond Girls' Soccer Association team was a pair of goals shy in a 4-2 loss to the North Shore Girls' Soccer Association Fusion last weekend. "We had a couple of injuries and players away, but we missed two early opportunities we needed so as to make (Fusion) play catch up."
Chaos did score first, however, as striker Kelsey Lawrence found the back of the net after Kirstin Sullivan's initial shot deflected off numerous legs. Fusion, which also earned promotion following a stellar 2012-13 season, drew even 10 minutes later as a corner kick led to a goal on a set piece. The ball was placed to the goalmouth and directed in by an alert North Shore striker.
Then is was Fusion keeper Heidi Osborne's turn to shine, keeping the Chaos at bay with some stellar saves including off strikers Lawrence, Asia Robinson and Kaeli Alexander. Not to be outdone, Chaos keeper Julia Badock also stood tall before the Fusion took a 2-1 lead late following a wave of scoring chances. The go-ahead goal was a clear shot from just inside the 18 yard box.
The North Shore squad began the second half continuing to pressure the Richmond reps, eventually breaking through midway through on a great play from the left side. A hard shot was stopped but its momentum carried into the net.
Richmond narrowed the score to 3-2 when Janessa Murao one-timed a corner kick from Lawrence into the top of the net from 20 yards out. Inspired, Richmond's play was textbook for the next 10 minutes but failed to produce the equalizer. Eventually, Fusion was able to put the game away following a good passing play that freed up one of its strikers.
Chaos is scheduled to return to action next Sunday against the Richmond Football Club Olympics at 11 a.m. at Brighouse Elementary School.