Dateline: September 26, 2009, Lindberg Park. Helen Leboe and the Torpedoes' offense proved unstoppable this morning, while the defense held the ball almost entirely in Firebolts' end, providing the blue-jersey fans with an exciting morning of scoring and the first shut-out of the season. Torpedoes beat Firebolts 10-0 in a wild match on a wet pitch to improve their record to 2-1. It was never close.
The outlook started cautious for the ladies, as overnight rain threatened a cancellation and notable absences left the squad a bit shorthanded. Lauren Flowers and Erin Sullivan were absent, so every lady was forced to play harder and coach Nikolai was left with fewer options for substitutions. "I need everyone's best effort, and I need our team first to the ball," he coached them before the match. He got both.
Meanwhile, on defense, the ladies looked a little bored. Coach Nikolai had re-vamped the formation, putting defenders Failor, Buress, and Steadman on the pitch to help out rookie goalie Maura Reilly. But they barely saw the ball, lining up across the midfield and arching the ball back into the Firebolts' side any time it came close.
"I told the girls to stop scoring and save some goals for the next match," said Coach Nikolai after the match, "but they just couldn't help themselves."
"That was easy," said Sarah Go-San Steadman. "Be careful," responded her father, Assistant Coach Paul Steadman. "Football is never easy. Don't get overconfident. We'll get all we want from the other side next week I'm sure. If we take them for granted, we'll be on the wrong side of the next lopsided score."
Sports exploits of the amazing Steadman children.