Monday, February 20, 2017

Game Recap: U14B (Viola) Edge U14B (Lefebvre)

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U14B (Viola) edged the U14B (Lefebvre) yesterday in a league game at the Gorham Sports Center.

Kaleb Cox ('22) opened the scoring in the 11th minute for U14B (Lefebvre), but the U14B scored three unanswered goals, with Ryan Harjula ('21), Jackson Thayer ('21), and Michael Darasz ('21) scoring.

Game Recap: U14G (Kaplan) Defeats Gorham

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U14G (Kaplan) defeated Gorham yesterday in a league game at the Gorham Sports Center.

Carolyn DiBiase ('21) had four goals, Emma Tinkham ('23) had two goals, and Riley Shaw ('22) added a goal for the Rosies.

Game Recap: U14G (Tray) Defeats Bonny Eagle

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U14G (Tray) defeated Bonny Eagle yesterday in a league game at the Gorham Sports Center.

Abigail Thornton ('23) and Sidney McCusker ('22) each scored two goals, while Kayla Flanders ('22), Gracie Hodgkins ('22), and Natalie Kirby ('22) each added a goal.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Game Recap: U10B Played Windham

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U10B played Windham yesterday in a league game at the Gorham Sports Center.

Henry Huntley ('25) scored two goals and Chuma Johnson ('25) and Jackson Richter ('25) each scored a goal for the Bull Moose.

Game Statistics

Time of Possession
ROSE- 56%
WIND- 44%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 121
WIND- 67

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 188
WIND- 104

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 40%
WIND- 27%

Game Recap: U10G Played Girl Power

The Rosevelt Soccer Club U10G played Girl Power yesterday in a league game at the Gorham Sports Center.

Sydney Broadbent ('26) had three goals and Sawyer Vonderhaar ('26) added a goal for the Rosies. Haley Vickery ('26) had five saves in the shutout.

Game Statistics

Time of Possession
ROSE- 54%
GLPR- 46%

Completed Passes
ROSE- 130
GLPR- 97

Completed Passes/90'
ROSE- 202
GLPR- 151

Pass Completion Percentage
ROSE- 35%
GLPR- 29%

Friday, February 10, 2017

Staying Connected on the Soccer Field and the Chess Board

Team sports are at their most beautiful when choreography among individuals creates a sum greater than its parts. In basketball, the best examples are the 1986 Boston Celtics, while the best model for football has been the Tom Brady-led offenses of the New England Patriots.

This seemingly effortless choreography doesn't happen without underlying connections, though. Or more specifically, connections in space and connections in movements. Take, for example, this analytic video of FC Barcelona:



The connections in space and in movement among Barca's players represent the geometry that exists below the surface of Barcelona's choreography.

Likewise, this screenshot from the sixth game of the 1972 world chess championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky demonstrates how connectivity plays a similar role on the chess board:


As the red arrows indicate, fifteen of white's (Fischer) sixteen pieces are connected to at least one other piece within the first seven moves (only the pawn boxed in yellow on b2 is unprotected), and Fischer maintains connectivity when he continues his attack over the remaining thirty moves.