Round 6 of NPL Victoria women’s saw Heidelberg United’s winning streak ended by Box Hill United, with the Bergers edged out with a final score 1-2 at Olympic Village.
In what was just the second narrow defeat so far this season, it was a showcase of the evenness of the senior women’s competition, with the Warriors defeated by the same margin by Alamein back in Round 2.
The loss is obviously a setback, but the ‘Bergers are still up for the fight, doggedly refusing to be blown away on the park. In fact, the most recent result still had its share twists and turns.
Box Hill got the opener through Laura Pickett, but in true Warriors style, the response was not unexpected.
Danielle Wise encapsulated what this squad is all about this season, putting her body on the line to somehow squeeze in an equaliser. It was a courageous and determined act, highlighting the resolve of the playing group.
With the skills of Grace Jale in particular on display from an attacking sense, there was always an ominous threat going forward. Box Hill replied with its own threat, however, as Anais Josefski pinched the lead back for the visitors.
Not for the lack of trying, the persistent ‘Bergers kept pushing. It may well have been a totally different outcome, but for an Emily Roach goal that was disallowed with only 10 minutes left on the clock for a tight offside call.
Box Hill did eventually hold on to take away the three points, but through their recent league and cup exploits, it ain’t over yet for this group of Warrior Women.
Heidelberg United 1 (D. Wise 21’) – Box Hill United 2 (L.Pickett 10’, A.Josefski 66’)
1 – Melissa Maizels (GK)
2 – Emily Roach
4 – Danielle Wise
5 – Elly Torre (18 – Eve Tiktikakis 73’)
6 – Felicity Georgopoulos
7 – Stephanie Galea (c) (25 – Miette Georgio 77’)
8 – Kathryn Vlahopoulos (9 – Kelly Lockhart 58’)
10 – Rebecca Burrows
16 – Isabella Wallhead
22 – Elwen Parbery
23 – Grace Jale
Subs not used:
3 – Maxine DiBlasi
20 – Natasha Stathopoulos (GK)
29 – Catriona McDonald