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Vardar Defeats Baltimore 3-0 To Take Group 2

CARSON, Calif. (July 15) — Vardar defeated Baltimore Bays Chelsea 3-0 in their final match of group play at The Home Depot Center, putting them atop Group 2 and into the U-17/18 championship match. Peter Jacobson scored his first of two goals just before halftime to start the onslaught before adding his second just after the break. Substitute Ugoochuwku Uche added the final tally in stoppage time to send Vardar into the first place match against Crossfire Premier on Saturday night, while Baltimore ends up in third and will face FC Dallas in the 5th place match earlier Saturday afternoon.

Vardar began the match with their foot heavily on the accelerator, and quickly earned three corner kicks in the first five minutes of the match, but all were dealt with confidently by the Baltimore defense. They continued their attack in the 21st minute, with a turnover in midfield resulting in a 2v1 with Caleb Stanko and Ezekiel Harris leading the charge but the final pass fell a step behind, allowing the Bays’ defense to catch up and clear.

With the chance to take first place in the group open to both teams with at least a win, much of the first half hour was spent with careful passing to avoid any costly mistakes. A foul in the 41st minute proved to be one such error made by Chelsea however, and Peter Jacobson capitalized for the Michigan side to put them up 1-0.

A free kick deep along the left sideline was taken by Stanko, whose inswinging cross fell right in the center of the six yard box. Leaping at the last second, Jacobson got a slight graze on the ball to deflect it past the waiting hands of goalkeeper Tim Peitsch and allowed Vardar to enter halftime ahead.

The break proved short lived for the Baltimore Bays though, and Jacobson again punished them just two minutes into the second half. Rob Dolot got a touch past his defender in the box and was tripped while following the ball, leading referee Cedric Adams no choice but to point to the spot. Jacobson stepped up and drilled his shot to the right side netting while halftime substitute Robert Benzig went the other way on his first faced shot of the game.

Down 2-0, Baltimore began to use more of their subs in hopes of stemming the tide, but Vardar held firm against all comers. Goalkeeper Jonathan Jebson played particularly well, coming out to slide and stop two breakaways as well as a point-blank shot in the 69th minute after a Chelsea free kick was headed down and fired by Mamadou Kansaye just a few yards out from goal.

In the closing minutes and needing one more goal to go ahead of Real So Cal (simultaneously playing on the next field over), Vardar continued to press without mercy. The Bays cleared cross after cross, but a scramble on a long ball from a midfield free kick in the 92nd minute somehow snuck through the crowd and crossed the line before a Bays defender kicked it out.

As the final whistle blew, an elated but nervous Vardar squad ran to watch the conclusion of the Real-Concorde Fire game, aware of the stakes. With real unable to get one more goal in their 5-1 victory, Vardar takes first place and will face Crossfire Premier Saturday, July 17 at 7 p.m. for the 2009-2010 Development Academy U-17/18 National Championship. Baltimore finishes the week in third place, and will face FC Dallas on Saturday at 3 p.m. in a match to decide 5th place in the league. 

                                            Development Academy Finals Week Match Report

Match: Vardar U-17/18 vs. Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-17/18
Date: July 15, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. local time

Scoring Summary:             1     2     F
Vardar                                 1     2     3
Baltimore Bays Chelsea          0     0     0

VAR – Peter Jacobson (Caleb Stanko)         41st minute
VAR – Peter Jacobson (penalty kick)           47
VAR – Ugochuwku Uche                            90+2

VAR: 0-Jonathan Jebson; 23-Zach Schewee, 2-Zachary Carroll, 4-Joseph Dillon (capt.), 18-Mario Teixeira; 20-Garth McClellan (19-Miche’le Lipari, 53, (12-Ugochuwku Uche, 80), 5-Derek Schrauben (22-Fatai Alashe, 75), 8-Rob Dolot, 21-Caleb Stanko (14-Dario Folino, 66); 11-Ezekiel Harris, 10-Peter Jacobson
Subs not used: 1-Dean Dziewit, 7-Blake Skamiera, 12-Michael Pugh, 15-Mahamoudou Kaba,
Head Coach: Demir Muftari

BBC: 14-Tim Peitsch (24-Robert Benzig, 46); 1-Joseph Meyer (4-Diego McQuestion, 80), 15-Oumar Ballo, 12-Joseph Cahalan, 9-Moses Makinde (16-Jackson Weiner, 50); 18-Mamadou Kansaye, 3-Eli Dennis (17-Marquez Fernandez, 64), 20-Alexander Bullington (23-Jeremy Kirkwood, 46), 10-Geaton Caltabiano; 6-Michael Raley (7-Peter Caringi, 28), 8-Brian Graham (5-Jonathan Guzman, 75)
Subs not used: 11-Michael Molloy, 19-Mikias Teketele, 25-Matthew Tyrie
Head Coach: Steve Nichols

Stats Summary: VAR / BBC
Shots: 15 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
BBC – Oumar Ballo               (caution)                 24th minute
BBC – Moses Makinde           (caution)                 45
VAR – Miche’le Lipari            (caution)                 56

Referee: Cedric Adams
Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Johnson
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Reed Christy