MILWAUKEE (July 15, 2011) – Weston FC took seventh place in the U-17/18 age group at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2011 Finals Week after defeating Players Development Academy 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 3-3 draw in regulation.
PDA took a 2-0 lead into halftime, but Weston refused to quit and scored three goals, including two from ussoccer.com’s Man of the Match Felipe Noguerol. PDA scored the equalizer in the 88th minute and when the matched ended even in regulation time, the result would have to be decided from the penalty spot.
Weston FC came out of the gate determined to score and created some early chances, however PDA was first to get on the board with a goal in the 18th minute. Christian Hernandez carried the ball down the right flank and released it to the speedy Christiano Francois, who took a hard shot that was too hot to handle for goalkeeper Juan Diego Cano.
Moments later, PDA’s Shaquille Hamilton was brought down in the box, setting up a penalty kick and the potential to net a quick second goal. Hernandez tried to catch Cano guessing and fired up the middle, but Cano was able to stand his ground enough to make a kick save.
After breaking down the Weston defense on previous attempts, PDA did double their lead in the 41st minute. Robert Kroschwitz took a shot from inside the penalty box that deflected off a defender and into the air. He took flight to get a head on the ball, sending it over Cano’s head and into the net.
Weston remained undaunted and eagerly pushed to score before half. They landed an opportunity with a corner in the final minute that was directed towards the goal amongst traffic. The ball bounced off the crossbar and back down on the goal line, keeping the game at 2-0 going into the half.
In the 57th minute, PDA’s Noah Sadaoui fouled Weston FC in the box, setting up the second penalty kick of the game. Verneri Valimaa fooled David Giddings by directing the ball left as he dove right, giving Weston life with a little more than 30 minutes to play.
Weston tied the score 2-2 in the 71st minute with the scorer of their first goal setting up the second. Valimaa strode down the right flank and hit a shot that caromed off the goalkeeper. He collected his own rebound with Giddings already off his line, and carried the ball to draw out defenders before passing backwards to Noguerol who made no mistake.
Just four minutes later, Noguerol scored again when he collected a deflected shot off the goalkeeper and delivered a shot from 25 yards out that found its way into the back right corner. His second goal put Weston FC in the lead for the first time in any match at Finals Week.
PDA would not settle for three unanswered goals and kept pressuring Weston’s defensive line. They were able to earn a couple corner kicks that Weston easily cleared. Just when the game looked over, Hayden Harr scored the equalizer that kept PDA alive in the 88th minute. Getting on the end of a long cross from the left side, Harr directed a shot on goal that Cano dove to save. With Cano on the ground, Harr collected his own rebound which he planted into the far left corner.
Immediately after the goal, Weston FC head coach Marcelo Neveleff brought in Tomas Granitto and Xavi Silva in preparation for penalty kicks. PDA made no changes as they had used already their seven substitutions throughout the match.
Granitto nailed the fifth and decisive penalty for Weston FC after Valimaa, Matthew Muralles, and Silva had all scored. PDA missed two penalties which set Granitto up for the game-winner. His shot gave Weston the edge and secured seventh place at 2011 Finals Week.
- U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report -
Match: Players Development Academy vs. Weston FC
Date: July 15, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week; U-17/18 – Seventh Place Game
Venue: Marquette High School (Quad Park); Milwaukee, Wis.
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Players Development Academy 2 1 3
Weston FC 0 3 3
PDA: Hernandez (goal), Falk (goal), Leggett (saved), Murphy (goal), Sadaoui (saved)
WES: Valimaa (goal), Noguerol (saved), Muralles (goal), Silva (goal), Granitto (goal)
Weston FC advances 4-3 on PKs
PDA – Cristiano Francois (Christian Hernandez) 18th minute
PDA – Robert Kroschwitz 41
WES – Verneri Valimaa (penalty kick) 57
WES – Felipe Noguerol (Verneri Valimaa) 71
WES – Felipe Noguerol 75
PDA – Hayden Harr 88
PDA: 1-David Giddings; 10-Matthew Wiltse (16-Oliver Murphy, 82), 6-Matthias Sheeleigh (30-Andrew Falk, 82), 5-Derek Luke, 22-Christopher Scott (3-Derek Luke, 66); 9-Shaquille Hamilton (8-Hayden Harr, 55), 20-Rishi Desai (11-Nathan Bruccoleri, 66), 19-Maxx Wurzburger (29-Noah Sadaoui, 55), 7-Christian Hernandez; 18-Cristiano Francois, 17-Robert Kroschwitz (28-Trey Leggett, 55)
Subs not used: None
Head coach: Sam Nellins
WES: 18-Juan Diego Cano; 6-Jason Wellington, 4-Esteban Montano, 19-Jason deFaria, 25-Oliver Katz (7-Matthew Muralles, 57); 9-Verneri Valimaa, 17-Brian James, 20-Simon Rojas (2-Colby Abrahamoff, 77), 23-Nicolas Perea (46-Giordano Martin, 69; 11-Tomas Granitto, 90), 12-Alex Valle (56-Alexander Marotta, 46; 14-Xavi Silva, 90); 10-Felipe Noguerol
Subs not used: 16-Carlos Catano
Head Coach: Marcelo Neveleff
Stats Summary: PDA / WES
Shots: 7 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 10
Saves:7 / 4
Corner Kicks:4 / 6
Fouls:4 / 5
Offside: 7 / 7
PDA – David Giddings (caution) 1st minute
PDA – Robert Kroschwitz (caution) 23
WES – Felipe Noguerol (caution) 31
WES – Esteban Montano (caution) 37
WES – Nicolas Perea (caution) 54
Referee: Ben Trevino
Assistant Referee 1: Joshua Brooks
Assistant Referee 2: Tyler Turner
Fourth Official: Aaron Hernandez
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Felipe Noguerol (Weston FC)