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Baltimore Bays Take Third Place at 2010 Finals Week with 3-1 Defeat of De Anza Force

CARSON, Calif. (July 16, 2010) – Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16 took third place at the 2010 Development Academy Finals week in Carson, Calif. with a 3-1 victory against De Anza Force U-15/16.

After conceding a goal in the 2nd minute from Brendan Ruiz, Baltimore bounced back to tie the match just before halftime when Matthew Shinsky converted a corner kick in the 40th minute. The Maryland club then scored two goals in quick succession in the second half to put the game out of reach, despite having gone down to 10 men in the 42nd minute.

“After the red card, we actually played our best soccer of our four games here,” noted Baltimore Bays head coach Steve Nichols. “I think we dominated the second half and we were able to score two goals in the second half and come out deserved 3-1 winners.”

De Anza got off to a flying start with a goal in the 2nd minute but it would be their only tally of the match as they could not unlock the Baltimore defense for the following 78 minutes. The goal came from a deep throw in the Baltimore half. After De Anza was able to work a cross into the box, the Bays were not able to clear properly and a bouncing ball fell out to Ruiz who hit it from 20 yards. The goalkeeper misjudged the flight of the ball as it hit his hands and looped backwards into the net for a dream start for De Anza.

The rest of the first half consisting in physical play with much of the game contested in the midfield as the teams tried to get a handle on the proceedings. Michael Gamble of Baltimore was leading the attack in search of an equalizer, while Christian Dean was a constant threat down the left flank for De Anza – particularly dangerous on the counter.

Gamble created to two chances for himself just after the half hour mark, one particularly dangerous and just kept out by a kick save from goalkeeper Paul Blanchette in the De Anza. The ensuing corner was taken by Malcom Harris from the left and he found the head of Shinsky crashing at the near post. His glancing heading flew across the face of goal and found its way inside the far post to even the score and give Baltimore momentum going into halftime.

However, the Bays hopes were tempered when Michael Kovach was sent off just two minutes into the second half for a late challenge on the ‘keeper. With the scales tilted in De Anza’s favor, Baltimore dug and defended resolutely by killing the pace of the game. By the hour mark, neither team was able to sustain much possession, but Baltimore had succeeded in breaking De Anza’s rhythm and killing their man advantage.

De Anza showed flashes of creativity still and put together a good passing move down the right side in the 65th minute to create a shot. However, Baltimore came directly back down the field and won a free kick almost 40 yards from goal. Harris delivered a high floating ball that was helped along by the wind and over the goalkeepers head, just under the bar. The unlikely score seemed to lift Baltimore, who found their feet after the goal and started to take control of the match.

Just three minutes later, substitute Kyle DeVinney scored the Bays’ second and all but sealed the match. His skillful solo run from left to right across the top of the box left three defenders stabbing at air before he finished back across the goal with his right foot to make it 3-1.

He almost duplicated the feat in stoppage time for a memorable double, but the result had been written after his first. Baltimore killed the game off and ran out third place winners.

Development Academy Finals Week Match Report

Match: Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-15/16 vs. De Anza Force U-15/16
Date: July 16, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT

Scoring Summary:   1   2   F
BBC                           1   2   3
DEA                          1   0   1

DEA – Brendan Ruiz                               57th minute
BBC – Matthew Shinsky (Malcolm Harris)  40
BBC – Malcolm Harris                             66
BBC – Kyle DeVinney                             69

BBC: 24-Nick Voyton (1-Andrew Harris, 28); 12-Zachery Wenger (11-Kyle DeVinney, 56), 22-Michael Greene, 15-Christian Wulff (5-Steven Anderson, 79), 23-Ossy Onumonu (19-Elliott Andelman, 28); 17-Ryan Kennedy (6-Michael Kovach, 28), 18-Seth Moses, 14-Matthew Shinsky, 21-Malcolm Harris; 13-Michael Gamble, 20-Joseph Glos (10-Justin Breidenstein, 41)
Subs not used: 0-Matthew Sanchez, 2-Derek Chan, 3-Logan McHugh, 7-Ishmaiah Calwrie, 8-Richard Greenfelder, 16-Joel Carter, 25-Kyle Fowler Lucas Winters
Head Coach: Steve Nichols

DEA: 9-Paul Blanchette; 20-Alfred Edmonds (capt.), 8-Anthony Panayides, 7-Matthew Escobar (23-Colby Trah, 54), 3-Jorge Herrera (6-Nick Marechal, 59); 58-Hector Joya, 43-Michael Madding (18-Evan Filipcyzk, 58), 10-Stefano Bonomo, 22-Brendan Ruiz (32-Hector Herrera, 71), 33-Christian Dean; 16-James Huffer (14-Kazuya Otani, 78)
Subs not used: 2-Emmanuel Espinoza, 5-Christopher Pace, 12-Marc Pelosi, 21-Ryan Masch, 24-Henry Cullen, 26-Michael Amick, 36-Luc Brubaker, 40-Brian Kelleher, 42-Sean Lyons, 44-Aaron Ho, 93-Masatoshi Nishizaki
Head Coach: Chris Dangerfield

Stats Summary: BBC / DEA
Shots: 10 / 14
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 9
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
DEA – Stefano Bonomo (caution) 19th minute
BBC – Joseph Glos (caution) 26
BBC – Malcolm Harris (caution) 35
BBC – Michael Kovach (sent off) 42

Referee: Christina Ibanez
Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Johnson
Assistant Referee 2: Danny Thornberry
Fourth Official: Eric Weisbrod