Over the past couple of days, Warren Regina soccer coach Stefano Moraccini has been racking his brain to conjure a defensive strategy that might shut down a dangerous Detroit Country Day attack.
Though he feared sharing the game plan after the fact, he relished in its result Thursday night.
Regina (15-6) didn’t allow a single shot on goal in its girls soccer regional championship match with Country Day (17-6), making Chloe Scott’s tally the difference in a 1-0 game.
“I told the girls we were going to change [the game plan] after practice, that way the girls knew what we were going to do,” Moraccini said of his adjustments. “Nobody was surprised by the changes I made.”
In short, Moraccini’s plan was to control the midfield and limit the damage that could be done by Country Day’s forwards.
“I thought we had an advantage playing in the middle of the field,” Moraccini said. “We tried to get the ball up to the forwards, and hold it and give the midfielders time to come forward.”
With fifteen minutes remaining in the first half, Regina’s efforts at midfield came to fruition.
Mariana Muskovac won a header, sending the ball into the attacking zone and starting a footrace between Scott and the Country Day goalkeeper. Scott got there first, danced around her opposition, and put it in the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead.
“It was a well-played ball through the gap,” Moraccini said.
Still, other than Scott’s goal, clean chances came at a premium for Regina during most of the match.
“It was a great defensive matchup between those teams. Country Day played phenomenal,” Moraccini said. “I have nothing but respect for their girls and that coach. They left everything on the field just like my girls did.”
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