CARSON, Calif. (July 11, 2009) – Cal Odyssey stayed focused and resilient to get a late game-winner from Gregory Antognoli II in the 64th minute to open their U-15/16s Finals Week campaign with a victory. It was a tough defeat for Greensboro 'keeper Ryan Hanson, who stopped a penalty kick in the 16th minute but was unable to keep the the California side at bay.
The tightly-contested match saw few solid chances for either team in the opening minutes, with crosses and corner kicks missing attackers on both ends. Greensboro got the first opportunity, as Jordan Lessard took a free kick from 25 yards out to the left. Trying to curl it into the near post, the effort lacked pace and was an easy catch for Cal Odyssey goalkeeper Matt Dishno.
One minute later, Cal got their best chance of the half, when a long ball sent into the Greensboro box hit the arm of a defender. With the referee pointing to the spot, Odyssey’s Villyan Bijev stepped up to take the kick. Striking it to the lower right side, Greensboro ‘keeper Ryan Hanson saved the shot and kept the scoreline level at zero.
Putting the missed opportunity behind them, Cal stayed on the attack, and in the 18th minute a shot by Bijev from the top of the box was deflected in the air. Hanson rushed out to punch it away, but Antognoli beat him to the ball with a header that just went over the bar.
Neither team made substitutions at halftime and in the second half, Cal Odyssey continued their attack. After a Greensboro turnover at midfield, Jose Segura passed to Antognoli, who had come back to receive the ball just inside the attacking half. Holding the ball up, the striker waited, eventually chipping a ball over the top to an onrushing Bijev. Receiving with his back to the goal, Bijev headed it to the top of the box where Segura had followed up—but his 61st minute volley went wide of the goal.
Four minutes later, Cal finally broke through, and once again Antognoli was at the center of the attack. Taking possession at midfield, defender Isaiah Trejo slid a ball straight down the heart of the Greensboro midfield. With a diagonal run, Antognoli touched it around a defender and shot it past the helpless Hanson. The goal adds to Antognoli’s team-leading total.
Up next for Greensboro Youth Soccer is another west coast team in Washington Premier FC, while Cal Odyssey will face off against east coast side PDA. Both matches will take place on Monday, July 13th, at 6 and 7 pm PT, respectively.
Match: Cal Odyssey vs Greensboro Youth Soccer
Date: July 11, 2009
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week; Group 2
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Weather: 78 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
CAL 0 1 1
GYS 0 0 0
CAL – Gregory Antognoli II (Isaiah Trejo) 65th minute
CAL: 1-Matt Dishno; 4-Trevor Spurgeon, 16-Christopher Young, 18-Isaiah Trejo, 3-Kyle Cadigan; 11-Jon-Paul Medina, 33-Nicholas Watson, 13-Villyan Bijev (8-Joshua Alvarez, 63), 12-Chris Newmark (6-Jesus Garcia, 23; 22-Nana Yaw Ameyaw-Sakyi); 10-Gregory Antognoli II (14-Ruben Chavez, 77), 19-Jose Segura
GYS: 35-Ryan Hanson; 34-Charles Keeley IV (26-Patrick Parker, 71), 41-Jonathan Campbell, 21-Thomas Allen Jr., 22-Austin Dunker; 32-Jordan Lessard, 31-Hans Lohmeyer (25-Andrew Walker, 26; 37-Alhaji Kanneh, 66), 9-Eduardo Alvarez, 38-Hassan Kouyateh (36-Myles Mansfield, 78), 24-Matthew Mills; 39-Mamadee Nyepon
Stats Summary: CAL / GYS
Shots: 11 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls: 16 / 8
Offside: 2 / 2
CAL – Jon-Paul Medina (caution) 65th minute