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Baltimore Bays Chelsea Take Three Points from Weston FC in Second Game at Finals Week

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (July 11, 2011) -- Baltimore Bays Chelsea FC took an important win against Weston FC in the second game for both teams at the U-17/18 Development Academy Finals Week. A Michael Gamble goal in stoppage time of the first half opened the scoring for Bays, and Logan McHugh added an insurance goal just minutes from the final whistle.

With the win, Bays stayed alive in Group 2 and will be looking for three more points from their third match against CASL Chelsea FC Academy while Weston will round out the group stage looking for its first points of the tournament against FC Dallas. Both games will kick off at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 13.

Both the Bays and Weston started Monday’s match with intensity, as both teams had dangerous opportunities in the first 19 minutes. Weston went on the attack in the 12th minute as Alex Valle slipped through the Baltimore Bays defense and was in alone on goalkeeper Andrew Harris. Harris did well though to come off his line and stifle the breakaway.

In the 19th minute, the Bays’ Michael Kovach flew down the right wing and drove a hard cross into the box that was cleared away well by the Weston defense. During that clearance, Weston defender Anthony Ricci suffered an apparent broken leg just in front of his own goal that paused the game for 18 minutes as he received treatment.

Less than 10 minutes after the game restarted, Weston took another blow as Simon Rojas was sent off for a reckless challenge, forcing the Florida club to play the remainder of the game with 10 men.

Fifteen minutes into the allotted stoppage time, Gamble broke the scoreless draw. Baltimore Bays won a free kick in their attacking end that Romilio Hernandez flicked into the box with the outside of his foot. Gamble ran onto the ball and fired it past Carlos Catano from close range.

Just a minute later, Gamble nearly added another goal when he went on a breakaway and was able to chip the ball over Catano, but it smacked the crossbar.

Bays continued their pressure in the second half, but Catano kept the game close with his team down a man. The Weston goalkeeper and Man of the Match made an excellent save in the 50th minute to deny a shot from Logan McHugh that seemed destined for the upper 90. In the 66th minute, Ryan Kennedy was sprung on a through ball and Catano was forced off his line. He pushed Kennedy wide to his right and forced a shot from a difficult angle that missed the target.

With just two minutes remaining, Bays were finally able to score a second goal. After a scramble in the box, the ball wound up at McHugh’s feet. With Catano scrambling as the ball came across the goal mouth, McHugh hit a hard shot into a virtually empty net that made it a 2-0 final.

Match: Weston FC vs. Baltimore Bays Chelsea
Date: July 11, 2011
Competition: 2011 Development Academy Finals Week – U-17/18 Group 2
Venue: Time Warner Cable Stadium; Uihlein Soccer Park
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 78 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:      1    2     F
Baltimore Bays Chelsea   0    0    0
Weston                         0    0    0

BBC – Michael Gamble   45+15 minute
BBC – Logan McHugh    88

BBC: 1-Andrew Harris; 8-Christian Wulff (19-Elliott Andelman, 71), 12-Joseph Calahan, 14-Matt Shinsky (7-Jeremy DeGraffenreidt, 74), 21-Malcolm Harris; 17-Ryan Kennedy (11-Jacori Hayes, 45+3), 3-Logan McHugh, 18-Seth Moses (15-Tanner Vosvick, 68), 6-Michael Kovach (29-Richard Greensfelder, 53); 13-Michael Gamble, 4-Romilio Hernandez (20-Joseph Glos, 68)
Subs not used: 28-Zachary Davis
Head Coach: Steve Nichols

WES: 1-Carlos Catano; 48-Anthony Ricci (6-Jason Wellington, 38), 4-Esteban Montano, 18-Jason DeFaria, 25-Oliver Katz; 7-Matthew Muralles, 23-Nicolas Perea, 20-Simon Rojas; 12-Alex Valle (14-Xavi Silva, 45; 56-Alexander Marotta, 62), 17-Brian James (46-Martin Giordano, 66), 10-Felipe Noguerol
Subs not used: 9-Verneri Valimaa, 11-Tomas Granitto, 25-Oliver Katz, 26-Julian Musa,
Head coach: Marcelo Neveleff

Stats Summary: BBC / WES
Shots: 7 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 13 / 15
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
BBC – Joseph Calajan (caution)      12th minute
WES – Simon Rojas (sent off)         40
WES – Alex Marotta (caution)          72
WES – Jason Wellington (caution)    75
BBC – Hays (caution)                      80
BBC – Michael Gamble (caution)      82
BBC – Malcolm Harris (caution)       85

Referee: Kevin Terry, Jr.
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Klinger
Assistant Referee 2: Elie Aguilar
Fourth Official: Michael Miscannon Man of the Match: Carlos Catano