Monday, April 25, 2011

Piteå drops its first game of the season

After starting off to a 1-0-1 record, Pitea lose to their first match of the season to 2009 Damallsvenskan Champions.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Piteå squared off against Linköping for the second time this season. Piteå were pushed into their end in the early going of the match.

Suddenly in the 4th minute something horrifying happened. Pitea defender Faith Ikidi collided with Madelaine Edlund and crashed into the fence behind the goal. She suffered a broken leg and was sent to the hospital. This serves ad a major blow for Ikidi. Not only is her club season is in jeopardy but also her chances of playing in the Women's World Cup with Nigeria are at a stand still. (Canada will face Nigeria July 5)

As unfortunate as this injury was, play must go on and Lena Blomkvist stepped in for her teammate.

Linköping continued to press. 32 minutes in, Linköping were awarded with a free kick that reached Kirsten van de Ven who quickly blasted the ball past Labbe. 

The second half, Linköping picked up where they left off--dominating. After creating a number of opportunities, Josefine Öqvist  scored off cross from Katrin Schmidt. 

The game ended 2-0 for Linköping. Piteå shouldn't feel bad about this loss though. They lost to a really good team. Labbe in particular played a great match allowing only 2 goals on 21 shots. 

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