May 16, 2006
Vertigo Suffers Series of Upsets
Trouble around the nets wastes many scoring opportunities

PLEASANT HILL - With an opportunity to avenge their last-minute loss in Carson City, Davis Vertigo appeared instead to be suffering from that earlier defeat. A combination of poor finishing and defensive mistakes resulted in few goals for Vertigo, but plenty for their opponents. The first fifteen minutes in the rematch against the Pleasant Hill Ballistic set the tone for the day. Vertigo controlled the run-of-play and created four excellent goal-scoring opportunities in the first quarter, yet failed to convert. The team then handed Ballistic two goals in two minutes to start the second quarter, on plays where Pleasant Hill did not have a strong attack.

This trend continued, with Vertigo creating more shots and opportunities than either the Ballistic or Pleasant Hill Vengeance, yet losing the games by scores of 1-5 and 2-3. In the middle game, Vertigo faced a formidable opponent in the Concord Invasion. Defensive lapses found Davis down 0-4 at half. However, Vertigo responded with some solid soccer in the second half, playing the Invasion (who did not let up) to a scoreless tie and perhaps creating the greater number of scoring opportunities.

Vertigo must now put this series of disappointing losses behind them and prepare for the Concord Cup, where the bracket make-up figures to give Vertigo a good chance to make the finals.