For all of you bowlers out there you know a “turkey” is when you get three strikes in a row. The Cheesesteaks are on the cusp of the WPS version of the turkey with the chance to win our third game in a row this weekend against magicJack.
I am never one to count my chickens before they hatch so consider it a mere turkey suggestion rather than a foregone conclusion. The timing really couldn’t be better considering my birthday is the day after and it also marks the start of our World Cup break. What could be a better birthday present than celebrating the Turkey in fine fashion with all my closest friends in the dear city of Philadelphia? The answer: Nothing.
Many of you probably want details on our two huge wins these past weekends. I can tell you that the games could not have been any more opposite. For starters, the game against Western New York was a defensive battle with few chances created and few chances given up. The announcers were correct when they said the game was there for the taking. Luckily with the insertion of two huge substitutes (which speaks volumes on the depth of our team) we secured the victory through a pinpoint pass from Lianne Sanderson to Danesha Adams for a clean header that rippled the back of the net. A 90th minute goal that fundamentally changed our season and gave WNY their first loss in the history of their program.
One week after making WPS history (it felt so good), we again decided to make WPS history with a 6-0 win over magicJack. As you can tell from the score line, this was not a defensive battle, and in all honesty, the score could have been 10-5. But, lucky for us, Val Henderson flexed her Cheesesteak muscles and came up with a couple of key saves in the second half that kept magicJack off the scoreboard and propelled us to greater scoring heights. Everyone got in on the action. Frida scored her first goal of the season, Danesha Adams added two more to her latest game winner, Veronica Boquette recorded her first ever goal for the club, Lianne Sanderson got her second goal of the season, and we can’t forget Natasha Kai joining in with one too. Wow, talk about a victory that left smiles on the players, coaches, fans, and staffs faces.
After two huge wins I would have suggested we fly to Las Vegas to ride the wave of our winning ways. Throw me on the black jack table and let’s see how much we can make =) A very tempting idea, however, difficult to pull off in such a short time. Instead, Lianne Sanderson, Paul Riley (yes, our coach), and I decided to enter into a soccer-tennis tournament dressed clad in Canada jerseys. Why Canada? Our friendly neighbor to the North deserves a shout out every once in a while.
Team Canada was made up of the three most competitive people you will ever meet. Literally stepping out of the car and directly onto the playing field, we had no time to stretch and no time to talk tactics, but our winning ways would not cease. We won and we won again and we won again until we reached the finals with a unblemised record. There was nothing stopping us, regardless of all those rooting against our team (we were the Miami Heat of soccer-tennis). 21 points later and we were the champions. Sweet sweet victory.
Yes, we are still riding that wave and although Vegas is out of the question for the time being there is still this weekend. So much is on the table: The WPS Turkey, Philadelphia Independence History (we have never won 3 games in a row), my 29th birthday, and the chance to go into the World Cup Break with all of our chickens hatching.
The 28th year of my life and the possibility to go out a winner. A tantalizing idea. Come see how it turns out. Saturday, 5pm, Widener Stadium. Come early and stay late….very late =)