Hayward, Mathers Tally First-Half Goals to Pace Solar Chelsea
HOUSTON (July 16, 2012) – Solar Chelsea SC’s U-17/18 team tallied two goals in a five-minute stretch in the first half and defeated Baltimore Bays Chelsea 2-0 on Monday in its opening match of Academy Finals Week at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
Sam Hayward scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 30th minute and Zach Mathers followed with a free-kick goal in the 35th minute.
Hayward attacked from the left side of the field during his sequence, receiving a through ball and placing his shot in the net past Baltimore Bays goalkeeper Andrew Harris for a 1-0 lead. Approximately five minutes later, Solar Chelsea SC drew a prime set piece opportunity when Colton Missimo was tripped up just outside the box by Baltimore’s Tanner Vosvick, who drew a yellow card for the tackle.
That set the table for Mathers, who struck his perfectly placed free kick in the upper right corner of the frame for a 2-0 lead. It proved to be more than enough as Solar Chelsea SC’s defense took care of the rest.
Goalkeeper Oshick Shams made three saves for the clean sheet, all of them coming in the first 45 minutes. Two of Shams’ stops came against Baltimore’s Yaw Amankwa. In the 12th minute, Amankwa worked his way into a one-on-one situation against Shams, but the Solar Chelsea SC goalkeeper blocked the shot for the game’s first save. In stoppage time of the first half, Shams parried the ball away against Amankwa to maintain the two-goal lead. In the 32nd minute, Shams dove to his right to stop a shot from Baltimore Bays Chelsea’s Mike Gamble.
With FC Dallas and Chivas USA playing to a 1-1 draw in Monday’s other Group 2 match, Solar Chelsea SC holds sole possession of first place in the early stages.
Solar Chelsea SC faces Chivas USA in its second group match at 8 p.m. CT on Wednesday, July 18, while Baltimore Bays Chelsea takes on FC Dallas at 8 p.m. CT on July 18. Both games are at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
-Development Academy Finals Week Match Report-
Solar Chelsea SC vs. Baltimore Bays Chelsea
Date: July 16, 2012
Competition: 2012 Development Academy Finals Week – U-17/18
Venue: Houston Amateur Sports Park (Field 5)
Kickoff: 9 p.m. CT
Weather: 82 degrees, mostly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
SOL 2 0 2
BBC 0 0 0
SOL – Sam Hayward 30th minute
SOL – Zach Mathers 35
SOL: 0-Oshick Shams; 10-Murphy Short (4-Reagan Dunk, 73), 5-Thomas Elder, 7-Trevor Haberkorn, 12-William Webb; 2-Chandler Crosswait (11-Alan Winn, 79), 8-Mason Miller, 16-Ryan Condotta, 15-Colton Missimo (6-Adam Bonville, 82); 21-Zach Mathers, 3-Sam Hayward (23-Jesse Toledo, 66)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Adam Esparza, 19-Hayden Partain
Head coach: Kevin Smith
1-Andrew Harris; 14-Matthew Shinsky, 27-Tanner Vosvick, 6-Michael DeGraffenreidt, 5-Alex Ponvert (11-Christian Morales, 46; 12-Jeremy DeGraffenreidt, 74);
21-Malcolm Harris, 10-Romilio Hernandez, 4-Jacori Hayes, 3-Logan McHugh; 9-Yaw Amankwa (8-Richard Greensfelder, 46), 13-Mike Gamble
Substitutions Not Used: 17-Ryan Kennedy, 19-Christian Porras, 20-Samuel Tana, 24-Nick Voyton
Head coach: Steve Nichols
Stats Summary: SOL / BBC
Shots: 16 / 8
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 8
Offside: 2 / 5
BBC – Romilio Hernandez (caution) 17th minute
BBC – Tanner Vosvick (caution) 34
SOL – Samuel Hayward (caution) 60
BBC – Logan McHugh (caution) 77
Referee: Chris Mercado
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Mercado
Assistant Referee 2: Jeff Greeson
Fourth Official: Richonne Clark
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Zach Mathers