Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Our First Victory as a Coach with Neuberg II"

Our First Victory as a Coach with Neuberg II
"On Saturday, my roommates (Courtney Bradley and Jessica Jenkins) and I were asked to coach the Neuberg Highlanders II.  We gladly accepted.  We traveled on the bus with the girls to Linz as they were playing Ice Cats Linz.  We were excited to coach the young team but very few of them could speak English.  This made it difficult in our ability to coach, but I was able to speak to Captain Katja Weiss about the game.  She translated to the rest of the girls on the team for me.  I was in charge of the offensive lines while Jenkins covered the defensive lines.  Bradley was named „door girl.“  She opened and closed the door for the girls entering and leaving the ice. 

We rolled three sets of lines for the first two periods.  The Highlanders proved to be the dominant team after the first period, taking a 1:0 lead.  In the second period, Linz tied the game, 1:1.  I made a risky coaching decision by changing the lines.  I came up with two strong lines to play in the third period.  As Linz took a 2-0 lead at the start of the third period, I was worried that I made the wrong decision.  Luckily, the Highlanders responded scoring two consecutive goals and regained the lead.  With 0.2 seconds left in the match, the Highlanders put the cherry on top as they scored the final goal of the match.  Bradley, Jenkins, and I gave each high-fives on the bench to celebrate our first victory together as coaches!  Although we enjoyed coaching, the three of us are excited to move back to our player positions on Wednesday as we play Gipsy Girls Villach in Kapfenberg."


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