Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Terminus 2012 champs
Terminus: Champions, 5-1 record; defeated Truck Stop 15-10 in finals
Chain Lightning held down the home field advantage this weekend, winning Terminus at the Georgia Soccer Park. Along the way, the team lost once but avenged that Truck Stop defeat from Sunday morning pool play with a wire-to-wire victory in the finals.
In the early morning Truck Stop game, the visitors from D.C. pulled away at the end, looking more focused in the heat and humidity. Chain earned the finals rematch by besting Atlanta masters team Reckon and Tanasi in the quarters and semis.
The finals for the ATL began with a quick score on offense followed by 2 breaks from the defense, and Truck Stop was in a hole they never climbed out of. The score at half was 8-3 Chain, and the 2nd half played out 7-7, for a 15-10 final score. In that 2nd half, both teams scored efficiently downwind, essentially trading goals even in the face of intense man-to-man by both D squads.
Chain spread the scoring around, but was clearly taking advantage of having some personnel who were missing at the U.S. Open, such as Dylan Tunnell, Sammy C-K, Elliott Erickson, Robert Runner, and rookie Matt Bailey. Veteran-but-Chain-rookie Jared Inselmann particularly made his presence felt. Chain had most of its roster available, but was absent Asa Wilson, Jason Simpson, Joel Wooten, Nick Lance, and Will Lokke.
Truck Stop, as usual, was tough, moving the disc quickly and playing hard. #2, Sean Keegan, especially stood out in the finals with multiple big plays high in the air.