LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2012) – The Academy Select U-17/18 Blue team defeated the Red team 1-0 on Saturday at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. De Anza Force forward Jason Romero scored the lone goal of the game for the Blue Select team in front of 300 boisterous fans.
After a scoreless first half, Romero broke the deadlock in the 71st minute. Kevin de la Torre carried the ball up the middle of the field and drew in his defender, slipping it forward and to the right behind the defense. Romero checked to make sure he was onside, then faced Red team goalkeeper Avery Miller one-on-one, slamming it to the right of Miller and into the net. Miller had come in for goalkeeper Randall Black at halftime.
The first shot on goal of the game came in the 18th minute when the Red Select team, coached by Brian Johnson, controlled on the left side of the field and Romilio Hernandez sent a low driven shot to the far corner. But Blue Select goalkeeper Marius Heislitz read the ball well and got down to make the save.
Jose Garcia of the Red Select team had a close look on goal in the 55th minute, taking a few settling touches in the box before shooting low, but Blue Select goalkeeper Jake McGuire – who came in for Heislitz in the second half – did well to get down to make the save.
Romero’s first look at goal was in the 58th minute when he dribbled around the goalkeeper near the end line. He broke free and shot on goal but defender Brandon Aubrey was on the line to make the save and clear the ball from danger.
The Blue team’s de la Torre tested Avery Miller in the 65th minute when he carried the ball up the middle and blasted a shot toward the middle of the goal. Miller was ready, though, and made the difficult save.
De la Torre made one final attempt in the 90th minute, carrying up the ball in the middle and unleashing a rocket that just missed the mark. The Blue Select team was coached by Chris Brewer.
--Blue vs. Red U-17/18 Academy Select Teams Match Report--
Match: U-17/18 Academy Select Red vs. U-17/18 Academy Select Blue
Date: Dec. 1, 2012
Competition: DevelopmentAcademy Select Teams
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 68 degrees, clear and breezy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
BLUE 0 1 1
RED 0 0 0
BLUE – Jason Romero (Kevin de la Torre) 71st minute
BLUE: 20-Jake McGuire (1-Marius Heislitz, 46); 13-Jose Ocampo, 15-Trevor Haberkorn (19-Garrett Jackson, 46), 14-Grant Lillard (4-Matias Fracchia, 46), 3-Dylan Greenberg; 6-Marco Delgado (7-Ricardo Perez, 46), 5-Antonio Murillo, 11-Brian Iloski; 9-Paul Arriola (10-Carlos Ibarra, 46), 18-Jeffrey Farina (12-Jason Romero, 46), 16-Marcus Epps (8-Kevin de la Torre, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: None
Head Coach: Chris Brewer
RED: 20-Randall Black (1-Avery Miller, 46); 10-Kristoffer Reaves, 17-Matt Miazga (11-Brandon Aubrey, 46), 13-Michael Amick (12-Christian De Luna, 46), 3-Suliaman Dainkeh (2-Christian Sady, 46); 16-Kainoa Bailey (8-Kellyn Acosta, 84), 4-Leandro Lemache (5-Daniel Johnson, 46), 8-Kellyn Acosta (14-Michael Catalano, 46), 15-Romilio Hernandez (6-Jose Garcia, 46), 18-Justin Dhillon; 9-Alex Ramos
Substitutions Not Used: None
Head coach: Brian Johnson
Stats Summary: BLUE / RED
Shots: 13 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 4 / 5
Offside: 1 / 1
Referee: Christina Ibañez
Assistant Referee 1: Albert Calise
Assistant Referee 2: Chris Gordon
Fourth Official: Marc Lawrence
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Brian Iloski