Defensively the Chrome are stacked and Coach Soudans choice to run what are essentially four defensive midfielders paid off. The team was able to constantly push transition with little worry about subbing or getting back on defense. Mike Manley held former MVP Matt Rambo scoreless and even found himself on the stat sheet scoring the opening goal of the game. Sean Sconone was solid in net at a 56% save percentage and even he would admit that there were a few more saves he felt he should have made. His ability to quickly outlet the ball to streaking players created a lot of transition and ultimately took the Whipsnakes defense out of their game plan.
Where the Chrome can Improve
Connor Farrell was 12/24 at the stripe and while 50% isn’t a bad day by any means, there was room for improvement from the faceoff unit as a whole. There were several contested groundballs off of the faceoff that the Whipsnakes were able to capture. At attack Logan Wisnauskas struggled to capitalize on his looks, scoring one goal on six shots while also committing four turnovers. He didn’t have his best day but we know what he’s capable of, no need to sound the alarm.
As a whole Coach Soudan was discouraged by the “uncharacteristic behavior and decision making,” in the second half. Week one usually consists of sloppy play and mistakes across the league, but we’re sure that Soudan will have the men ready for week two.
Tune in Friday June 9th at 6pm as the Chrome LC takes on the Archers LC on ESPN+.