WOMEN'S SOCCER HOME WIN VS SUN DEVILS AS EXPECTED

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  1. WOMEN'S SOCCER HOME WIN VS SUN DEVILS AS EXPECTED
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    It was 3-1 victory for Troy with two second-half goals. The Sun Devils had their lone goal also in the second half. Yet, the margin didn't adequately reflect USC's dominance with attack after attack been foiled by the Devils or ending with non-threatening shots.

    If USC were a public corporation, shareholders would justifiably be worried over the poor rate of return from their attacking investments. This is not a criticism but perhaps a suggestion that attacking efficiency should become a point of emphasis during practices. The coach himself lamented this scoring paucity during the halftime interview.

    The USC defense was mostly good although the Devils created a few instances for concern. A penalty kick that could have given USC its first goal in the first half was frittered away when Savannah Demelo struck the crossbar with her shot. It was just as well as I thought it was another example of how easy it has become to be awarded penalty kicks at all levels of soccer these days.
     
       
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    Not that I’ve ever played or really know soccer that well, but I know that any team averaging 3 goals a match has an excellent offense. My opinion is that soccer is different from other sports in that it is so difficult to score a goal. I enjoy watching the good offense even if the goal efficiency is seemingly “poor”.

    Objective #1: don’t let the other team score; #2: control the ball; #3: put your team in good positions to score; #4: convert those opportunities. Converting opportunities is so freaking hard in soccer that the men who can do it consistently well are paid hundreds of millions of dollars.

    I’d be more concerned about how the rare goal against happened.
     
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    THE WAY IT WAS STRUCTURED...

    ...soccer is not a high scoring game compared to just about any sport but this is not a problem for fans of the game. Other than the structure of the game, part of the reason for the low scoring is the excellence of the defenders. So if one teams pays a lot to get the great scorers, the opponents must counter by getting great defenders to stop them. So, IMHO, a great defensive player is just as valuable as a great offensive one because a goal prevented has the same value as a goal scored. In practice, however, the offensive player gets all the notoriety. And dough.
     

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