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FC Greater Boston Closes Out Group Play with a 4-2 Victory over Dallas Texans

Charlie Rugg scored early in each half as FC Greater Boston took three points from their final group match to move up to third place in Group 1 at the 2009 Development Academy Finals Week. Zachery Barnes also netted a brace for the Dallas Texans but the team from the Lone Star State could not reel the game back in after Rugg’s fourth minute opener.

Boston struck early in the match as a move down the left ended with Scott Prozeller finding an open Rugg just on the right side of the area. Rugg took the pass on the hop and side footed passed the onrushing Colin Murasak to open the scoring. Marco Koolman’s men struck again within 10 minutes to double their lead. A long ball out of the back was deftly touched out wide to spring a break down the right flank. The resulting cross was headed off the crossbar only to be followed up on the back post by Chris Pettiglio, who netted from close range with a header of his own in the thirteenth minute.

The game started to settle by the twentieth minute as Dallas tried to orchestrate a way back into the match. After having a close chance from a corner, the Texans made a breakthrough from a long throw on 27 minutes. The throw came from the right touch line where it skipped across a defender’s head and was headed onto the crossbar by a Texas player. Barnes was immediately on hand to nod the rebound into the back of the net from inside the six yard box.

The half would conclude with some physical play and two cards in the closing moments to Boston as Dallas started mounting pressure in search of the equalizer. FCGB would weather the storm and the game went into halftime at 2-1.

Rugg extended Boston’s lead only eight minutes into the second half when he finished a well orchestrated free kick 25 yards out. His pile driver found the top right corner of the goal leaving the keeper with little chance to make a stop.

The next spell of the game saw neither team establish a real rhythm. Boston was content to defend their lead while Dallas was searching for a way to cut into the two goal deficit. However, it was Boston that would add another in the 76th minute. Following a nice build up in possession, a fine passing move saw Hamade Cantave get free on the right and reach the end line after beating a defender. His low cross found Gideon Gyasi at the far post for a tap in.

Dallas did mount somewhat of a comeback as the game opened up considerably after Boston’s fourth goal. Blake Wise and Barnes worked a good combination at the top of the box on the left flank. Barnes slipped behind the defense and beat the keeper for his second.

The remaining time would see Dallas hit the crossbar twice as they were unfortunate not to recover at least one goal to cut the 4-2 deficit in half. Boston, taking their lone victory from this match, finished Group 1 with three points and in third position. Dallas picked up their lone point in a draw with IMG Academy and finish the tournament in fourth position in the group.

Match: Dallas Texans U-17/18 vs. FC Greater Boston U-17/18
Date: July 14, 2009
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Weather: 75 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:    1    2    F
DAL                               1    1    2
FCGB                            2    2    4

FCGB – Charlie Rugg (Scott Prozeller)            4th minute
FCGB – Chris Pettiglio                                        13
DAL – Zachery Barnes                                         27
FCGB – Charlie Rugg (Scott Prozeller)            53
FCGB – Gideon Gyasi (Hamade Cantave)      76
DAL – Zachery Barnes (Blake Wise)                83

DAL: 99-Colin Murasak; 47-Beau Breckenridge (39-Kalon Parman, 51), 46-Mark Daus, 45-Aaron Reifschneider, 51-Jacob Garnett (48-Ethan Meyer, 81); 60- (49-Lenox Evans, 85), 52-Brett Helm, 53-Zachery Barnes, 54-Gino DePaoli (57-, 57); 58-Conor Doyle (55-Ray DeLeon, 62), 59-Chris Sendejas (56-Blake Wise, 57)
Subs not used: 88-Ryan Aubrey, 50-Mizael Najero, 60-Daniel Gonzalez
Head Coach: Hassan Nazari

FCGB: 3-TJ Van Riper (13-Ciaran Nugent, 66); 10-John Miller, 19-Will Donovan, 50-George Hodge, 9-Kaegan Kelly (14-Owen Fox, 31); 22-Leon Brown (42-Sean Fitzgerald, 90), 12-Scott Prozeller, 15-Hamade Cantave (55-Cecil Jeffrey, 46), 4-Brendan Caslin (37-Josh Danesh, 46), 5-Chris Pettiglio (28-Gideon Gyasi, 66); 51-Charlie Rugg
Subs not used: 11-Nick Vozzella, 16-Chris Pratt, 43-Sam Kelley
Head Coach: Marco Koolman

Stats Summary: DAL / FCGB
Shots: 12 / 9
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 5 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
FCGB – Hamade Cantave (caution)        38th minute
FCGB – Scott Prozeller (caution)              45
DAL – Aaron Reifschneider (caution)      52
FCGB – Cecil Jeffrey (caution)                  84