CARSON, Calif (July 12, 2009) – IMG Academy kept its hopes of reaching the championship game of Development Academy Finals Week alive with a 2-1 win against FC Greater Boston on Sunday afternoon at The Home Depot Center. Forward Luis Calzadilla scored both goals for the Bradenton, Fla.-based club.
Both teams had several chances in the back-and-forth affair, but most were stifled by solid goalkeepng from IMG’s Larry Jackson and FC Greater Boston’s Ciaran Nugent. The Bolts looked like they were going to get on the board in the 21st minute after Cecil Jeffrey beat his man into the box and drew a foul, which the referee immediately called as a penalty.
Charlie Rugg took a good shot, low to the left, but Jackson reached out to make the stop. Later in the first half, Nugent was called upon to make two reaction saves in a row to keep the game scoreless after 45 minutes.
FC Greater Boston finally got on the board in the 66th minute, when Charlie Rugg received a ball from the right side, took a touch and smacked a low shot that skipped into the netting on the far side of the goal.
The lead did not last long, however, as IMG answered back just three minutes later. Luis Calzadilla snuck behind the defense and into the box, where he received a well-struck cross with a one time shot that leveled the score.
With less than 10 minutes to go, it was Calzadilla again receiving the ball at the top of the box, all alone. He took a touch, looked up and saw Nugent closing in on him before slipping the ball into the net for what would prove to be the game winner.
Match: U-17/18 FC Greater Boston vs. IMG Soccer Academy
Date: July 12, 2009
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Weather: 85 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
FCGB 0 1 1
IMG 0 2 2
FCGB – Charlie Rugg 66th minute
IMG – Luis Calzadilla 69
IMG – Luis Calzadilla 82
FCGB: 13-Ciaran Nugent; 10-John Miller (28-, 85), 19-William Donovan, 50-George Hodge, 14-Owen Fox; 12-Scott Prozeller, 55-Cecil Jeffrey, 37-John Danesh, 43-Sam Kelley; 51-Charlie Rugg, 11-Nick Vozzella (22-Leon Brown, 66)
Head Coach: Marco Koolman
IMG: 18- Larry Jackson; 2-Jon Eckford (4-John Rayha, 46), 3-Chase Miller, 12-James Bradley Doliner (8-Ambry Ricardo Moss , 46); 17-Ricardo Batista (20-Reinaldo Brenes, 46), 5-Alex Walters (19-Jorge Risquez, 54), 14-Luis Ocejo, 7-Migues Medina (15-Joe McDowell, 46), 18-Tyler Currence; 16-Benjamin Barshai (21-Fernando Mares, 57), 9-Luis Calzadilla
Head Coach: Tom Durkin
Stats Summary: FCGB / IMG
Shots: 10 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 14 / 8
Offside: 1 / 4
FCGB – Ray DeLeon (caution) 68th minute
IMG – Joe McDowell (caution) 80
IMG – John Rayha (caution) 81
FCGB – John Danesh (caution) 90+