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First Half Double Lifts Blue Team Over Red Team in 2013 Academy Showcase Select Game

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2013) – The U-15/16 Academy Select Game ended in a 2-0 win for the Blue Team at Premier Sports Campus.

Blue Team midfielder McKenzie Gaines and forward Ethan Zubak scored goals in the 15th and 29th minutes, respectively, while the defense, led by goalkeeper Andrew Romig, held the Red Team offense in check to secure the shutout.

After a back-and-forth midfield battle in the opening 10 minutes, the Blue Team worked its way into the ascendancy with Gaines warming the palms of Red Team goalkeeper Seth Steibel with a close-range effort.

The Blue Team then earned a free kick in a dangerous area just outside the Red Team’s penalty area that Zubak blazed over the bar. Moments later, he turned provider. After he did well to break away from a defender down the right flank, Zubak sent in a low centering feed for Gaines to snap home.

Near the 20 minute mark, the Red Select Team began to carve out some chances of its own, with Isaiah Young going close, and Devyn Etling breaking through to put a shot into the stomach of Romig.

Five minutes later, the Blue Team’s Jaret Townsend showed off some excellent skill, performing a difficult spin move to create space for a shot that Steibel did well to keep out.

As the half hour mark approached, Gaines made another nice run down the right flank and cut into the box where he was tripped by the Red Team’s Trey Vinson. Zubak converted the resulting penalty kick with a low drive to the bottom right of the goal that left Steibel rooted to his spot.

Both teams used all available subs at half time before playing out a scoreless second half that featured few opportunities, the best of which fell to Townsend, who collected the ball in the Red Team box after a spell of Blue Team pressure, but he sent his uncontested shot narrowly wide of the far right post.

-U-15/16 Academy Select Match Report-

Match: U-15/16 Academy Select Blue vs. U-15/16 Academy Select Red
Date: Dec. 12, 2013
Competition: 2013 Development Academy Winter Showcase
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 500
Weather: 53 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
BLUE                        2 0 2
RED                          0 0 0

BLUE – McKenzie Gaines (Ethan Zubak)  15th minute
BLUE – Ethan Zubak (Unassisted)          29

BLUE: 1-Andrew Romig; 10-Juan Riley, 9-Jordi Avila, 16-Miles Stray, 7-George Espina, 5-Wan Kuzain, 6-Bryant Huerta, 3-David Portugal, 4-McKenzie Gaines, 15-Ethan Zubak, 8-Jaret Townsend
Subs: 20-Gabriel Rosario, 2-Alejandro Lopez, 11-Julian Hall, 12-Orlando Lopez, 13-Sam Bacon, 14-Chaz Burnett

RED: 20-Seth Stiebel, 10-Matthew Real,16-Trey Vinson,11-Sean O’Hearn, 6-Fuki Goto, 13-Suniel Veerakone, 4-Danny Griffin, 3-Alex Soto, 8-Ivan Gutierrez, 5-Devyn Etling, 7-Isaiah Young
Subs: 1-Andrew Verdi, 2-Theo O’Malley, 9-Josh Burnett, 12-Sebastian Padua, 14-Eric Matzelevich, 15-Nathaniel Adamolekun

Stats Summary: BLUE / RED
Shots: 9 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 4
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Paul Berg
Assistant Referee 1: Justin Lopez
Assistant Referee 2: Janessa Gunn
Fourth Official: Anya Voigt