CARSON, Calif. (July 14) — In the final day of Group 2 play for the U-15/16s, Baltimore Bays Chelsea defeated Cal Odyssey 2-0 on goals by Malcolm Harris and Michael Gamble. Cal Odyssey had already clinched first place in the group, but the win puts Baltimore in the third place match by finishing second in the group.
Cal Odyssey entered the match with little to play for, having already assured themselves of a spot in the U-15/16 championship match after day two of group play. Nonetheless, head coach Scott Alcorn chose to start his regular lineup, keeping his players active two days before their return to the title game. Baltimore was fighting for the chance to still take home hardware, as a place in the third place match was still up for grabs.
In the warmest day yet for Finals Week, the match started slowly with some light possession for both teams as they attempted to string together several passes. The Bays were able to use their backline as part of the attack, several times beginning their movement forward with passes from defenders.
But it was Cal who had the first shooting chance of the game on an attack of their own through the middle. In a skillful show of passing, Gregory Antongnoli came back from his forward spot to gather a pass in midfield and laid it off to attacking midfielder Villyan Bijev. Looking left, Bijev found Eduardo Rueda on the left side to stretch the attack out wide and then continued his run forward. Rueda took one touch before passing it back towards the center where Bijev dummied and let the ball roll to Daniel Flores. Flores took one touch left along the top of the box, and fired from just left of center but his cross-body shot went wide right.
After a string of corners earned by Baltimore, the Chelsea squad finally capitalized in the 38th minute through the run of play. A diagonal ball from the defense was collected by Michael Gamble, who had his back to the goal approximately 40 yards out. Holding up the ball, Gamble turned to his right and passed to Malcolm Harris coming in from the left wing. Cutting inside, Harris fired with his right foot from the top left corner of the box and curled his shot over Cal goalkeeper Matt Dishno, into the back side netting for a 1-0 lead.
Coming out of halftime, Cal Odyssey owned the possession, at one point stringing together eight passes from the back line all the way into the attacking third. With only two shots on goal however, the Group 2 leaders found their finishing ability lacking on the day.
The insurance goal for the Bays came in the 51st minute, again earned by the work of Gamble. Patient possession in the attacking third finally opened up space in a bunkered in Odyssey defense, and Gamble took the ball from the right side and cut into the box. Pushing it past defender Erik Posada with a quick first step, Posada had no chance but to pull the forward down. While Gamble set up the ball from the penalty spot, referee Joshua Brooks showed Posada a yellow card. Second-half substitute Cesar Hernandez guessed to his left, but Gamble’s hard shot to the left beat him for a 2-0 lead.
With both teams exhausting nearly all their subs, the game had a renewed vigor in the final minutes but failed to net any more goals. Cal Odyssey ends group play with a 2-1-0 record and finishes in first place in the group, while Baltimore Bays Chelsea ends up in second with five points and a 1-0-2 record. The placement matches will be played Friday, July 16.
Development Academy Finals Week Match Report
Match: Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16 vs. Cal Odyssey U-15/16
Date: July 14, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. local time
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Baltimore Bays Chelsea 1 1 2
Cal Odyssey 0 0 0
BBC – Malcolm Harris (Michael Gamble) 38th minute
BBC – Michael Gamble (penalty) 51
BBC: 1-Andrew Harris; 10-Justin Breidenstein (12-Zachery Wenger, 53), 22-Michael Greene, 15-Christian Wulff (17-Ryan Kennedy, 72), 19-Elliott Andelman (23-Ossy Onumonu, 71); 16-Joel Carter (6-Michael Kovach, 36, 25-Kyle Fowler, 72), 18-Seth Moses, 14-Matthew Shinsky, 21-Malcolm Harris; 13-Michael Gamble, 20-Joseph Glos (11-Kyle DeVinney, 53)
Subs not used: 0-Matthew Sanchez, 2-Derek Chan, 3-Logan McHugh, 5-Steven Anderson, 7-Ishmaiah Calwrie, 8-Richard Greenfelder, 24-Nick Voyton, Lucas Winters
Head Coach: Steve Nichols
CAL: 1-Matt Dishno (0-Cesar Hernandez Saenz, 41); 3-Jordan Patterson, 8-Joshua Alvarez, 20-Erik Posada (14-Angel Parra, 53), 16-Nicholas Watson; 4-Jon-Paul Medina, 6-Vicente Rodarte, 9-Villyan Bijev (capt.) (15-Ricky Coppo, 48), 21-Eduardo Rueda (5-Edward Fernandes, 68); 10-Gregory Antongnoli II (19-Oswel Mariles, 62), 12-Daniel Flores
Subs not used: 2-Ross Kreighoff, 7-Jon-Paul Medina, 11-Elijah Martin, 13-Eric Velarde, 17-Cesar Gutierrez, 18-Timothy Vue,
Head Coach: Scott Alcorn
Stats Summary: BBC / CAL
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 2
Saves: 2 / 6
Corner Kicks: 9 / 1
Fouls: 7 / 7
Offside: 5 / 0
CAL – Erik Posada (caution) 51st minute
Referee: Joshua Brooks
Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Johnson
Assistant Referee 2: Danny Thornberry
Fourth Official: Eric Weisbrod