Frenetic Start Sees Washington Premier FC Come Away with 2-1 Victory
In a match that saw three goals within the first 20 minutes and both teams finish the game with 10 men, Washington Premier FC came out on the winning end as Jamael Cox netted two goals within three minutes to give the West Coast team the victory.
The match started at a high pace with both teams getting chances within the first five minutes. Both teams came into the game searching for their first points of the tournaments and from the outset, it was clear that both coaches were intent on securing a victory. Greensboro struck first on just eight minutes as Alhaji Kanneh led a break down the left flank. He was met by a defender at the top of box and was almost dispossessed but eventually pushed a pass inside to the onrushing Eduardo Alvarez. The midfielder, making a late supporting run, slotted the ball high to the keeper’s right to open the scoring.
Greensboro seemed to be taking control of the match but Washington drew level from a well taken free kick by Jamael Cox in the 15th minute. After a foul on the right side, approximately 25 yards from goal, Cox stepped up and curled a sailing shot into the upper left corner of the goal. Cox would then give Washington the lead just three minutes later. James McAlister’s men countered and as a cross from the right skipped across a defender’s head to Cox at the corner of the area, he collected and smashed a far post shot past the recovering Ryan Hanson.
The rest of the first half would see a gritty battle in midfield as Greensboro searched for the equalizer.
The second half consisted of much of the same until Greensboro was reduced to 10 men in the 53rd minute when defender Jason Nadar was sent off for a foul he committed as the last man back that stopped a Washington counter attack. However, parity was restored in the 61st minute when Jacob Bechtel received two yellow cards in quick succession and was subsequently sent off.
With two less men on the field, the game opened up through the midfield a bit. Greensboro was able to sustain pressure on Washington, who looked to extend its lead on the counter. However, after several half chances, the team from North Carolina could not find the equalizer and Washington came away with three valuable points to take into the third day of group play.
Match: U-15/16 Greensboro Youth Soccer vs. Washington Premier FC
Date: July 13, 2009
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
GYS 1 0 1
WAP 2 0 2
GYS – Eduardo Alvarez (Alhaji Kanneh) 66th minute
WAP – Jamael Cox 15
WAP – Jamael Cox 18
GYS: 35-Ryan Hanson; 27-Jonas Nader, 41-Jonathon Campbell, 21-Thomas Allen, 22-Austin Dunker; 32-Jordan Lessard, 31-Hans Lohmeyer (38-Hassan Kouyateh, 39), 9-Eduardo Alvarez, 24-Mathew Mills, 37-Alhaji Kanneh (26-Patrick Parker, 59); 39-Mamadee Nyepon
Subs not used: 1-Jonathon Brooks, 23-Benjamin White, 25-Andrew Walker, 28-Stuart Miller, 29-Paul Freeman, 34-Charles Keeley
Head Coach: Chris Little
WAP: 19-Eric Owen; 8-Chase Hanson, 14-Kenneth Phillips, 17-Jeremy Wentzel (15-Brandon Brockway, 41); 6-Evan Robicheau (4-Christopher Chu, 75), 9-Troy Peterson, 7-Sean Okoli, 10-Pablo De la Cruz, 11-Jamael Cox; 16-Darwin Jones (2-Max Thomas, 80+), 20-Andrew Weisshar (71-Jacob Bechtel, 41)
Subs not used: 12-Nathan Boatright, 18-Nathan Cox
Head Coach: James McAlister
Stats Summary: GYS / WAP
Shots: 12 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 4
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 12 / 12
Offside: 1 / 5
GYS – Jonas Nadar (ejection) 53rd minute
WAP – Jacob Bechtel (caution) 59
WAP – Jacob Bechtel (caution) 61
WAP – Jacob Bechtel (ejection) 61
WAP – Brandon Brockway (caution) 69
WAP – Darwin Jones (caution) 79