Congratulations to Christen Press and Göteborg FC for being crowned 2012 Swedish Cup Champions!
October 11, 2012 / Swedish Cup Final / Göteborg FC 2 - 1 Tyresö FF
Last year, it took both extra time and penalties to separate Göteborg and Tyresö in the 2011 Swedish Cup Final. This year, Göteborg salvaged a victory during extra time in 107th minute, and became Swedish Cup Champions for the second year in a row.
Göteborg got to play the final on their home field, had an early lead, and controlled the game - you could almost call it a successful recipe.
In the ninth minute, Göteborg’s Christen Press challenged Tyresö’s central defender, Karin Lissel, to score the opening goal. After a distinctive ankle flick to get past Lissel, the American dribbled the ball from the midfield to the right side of the penalty area, where she sent the ball flying into the back of the net - a class goal.
Tyresö’s coach, Tony Gustavsson, wanted to see more movement and better clearances from his side after half-time rest, and to a certain extent, he got it- the second half offered more chances for Tyresö, but Christen Press had her chances to score more goals through vigilance and good runs down the pitch.
Tyresö’s answer to Göteborg came twenty minutes into the second half. Göteborg’s Anita Asante dropped the ball in their own half, and Caroline Seger was able to push the ball to Marta in the penalty area. Despite intense pressure, Marta was able to get a shot through and score a goal for Tyresö.
With the scoreline reading 1-1 when the final whistle blew, the match went to extra time and a certain safety approach began to characterize both teams’ actions. However, at the start of extra time, Tyresö’s Elaine brusquely fouled Press in the penalty area and referee Linn Andersson pointed undoubtedly to the penalty spot. Göteborg’s Marlene Sjöberg stepped up and made the score 2-1 in favor of Göteborg.
Sunday, October 14, 2012 / Damallsvenskan / vs Linköpings FC
Studio KGFC focuses this time on the derby against Jitex and the upcoming second leg of the Champions League against Serbian team ZFK Spartak. Christen Press helps Olle in the studio to straighten out the terms and conditions before matches, and Johanna Almgren is also interviewed for a player profile.
September 26, 2012 / UEFA Champions League / Göteborg FC 1 - 0 ZFK Spartak
It became a 1-0 victory (1-0) for KGFC in away encounter with ZFK Spartak in the first round of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
The match was played in the sweltering Serbian heat. Spartak had a better start and put high pressure, but made no direct scoring opportunities.
After about twenty minutes into the match, KGFC took control of their opponents and clearly became the better team. Yael Averbuch had a venomous free-kick that was saved by the goalkeeper, and Christen Press had a good shot that the keeper also narrowly saved.
KGFC will meet ZFK Spartak at home in Gothenburg on Wednesday, October 3 for the second leg of the Round of 32.
September 30, 2012 / Damallsvenskan / vs Jitex BK
Christen Press and her teammates go horseback riding to prepare for an upcoming league game [x]
September 22, 2012 / Damallsvenskan / Göteborg FC 3 - 0 Kristianstad DFF
It was a clear 3-0 victory at Valhalla as Göteborg FC took advantage of their chances in the game.
Anna Ahlstrand scored the opening goal in the 28th minute after receiving a pass from Anita Asante. Her shot sailed into the roof of the net and was unreachable for Kristianstad’s goalkeeper.
Problems in defense for Kristianstad also appeared clearly when Göteborg scored its final two goals in the second half. American forward Christen Press retrieved the ball after a mistake from the opposing side, advanced forward, and rounded Swedish national team goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. She put the ball in the net in the 72nd minute, and made the scoreline 2-0 in favor of Göteborg. Unfortunately for Lindahl, she injured herself when she twisted her left knee in the hunt for Press and ball.
The nail in the coffin and the 3-0 scoreline came from Göteborg’s new American midfielder, Yale Averbuch, after a corner. Averbuch shot the ball at random in a seemingly difficult angle out from the right, but the ball sailed into the goal behind a noticeably stagnant Lindahl.
"We took over the game in the first half, lost it again at the beginning of the second. But then I think we finish the game better and won fairly," says Göteborg goalscorer Anna Ahlstrand.
Now, Göteborg must prepare for their Champions League game this upcoming Wednesday. With their 3-0 win against Kristianstad, the team now has five straight victories, and a burst of team confidence. [x] [x]
September 26, 2012 / Champions League / vs ZFK Spartak
[THE PITCH] To get into the heart of a team, you have to let your teammates into your heart. That’s what I have been trying to do here in Sweden. And that’s exactly why this experience has been so meaningful to me. Perhaps it doesn’t seem like such a feat… becoming friends with your teammates?… but for a person who spent years building a fortress to protect my feelings, it was hard work tearing down that wall and letting people in. Then, to be told that perhaps this very behavior is thwarting my football career and progress….well…it is something to consider.
Last week, my coach Torbjörn requested we have a meeting. Lying on our turf field, he said that he had noticed that I seemed particularly stressed and uninspired during our frustrating last match. He had his theories and talking points, but one particular comment grabbed my attention. He diagrammed our lineup (X’s and O’s) on his napkin in typical Torbjörn form. Drawing a circle around the central players on the team—the center-backs and the center-midfielders—he pointed to the circle and said, “This is the heart of the team.” He explained that wide players have their roles and relationships, but sometimes they get left out if the ball stays on one side…. But he continued, “…and I know how it feels as a forward, a forward has a different role. And that role is to be alone. You have to be a certain type of person to be a striker; the type of person who thinks about themself. That type of person can find a way to win a game even if the team deserves to lose… without getting frustrated.” He looked at me and said… “Both on and off the field, you try to come in here, to the heart of the team. And we need you to be a forward, alone, and we need you to score.”
My blog is often about the parallels that run between my game and my life… and here was an analogy that I had clearly missed: what your position says about who you are… Is it possible to analyze a person based on her position on a team? Hmmm….
- Continue on at Christen’s blog [x]