SIMA Aguilas (PDL) 0, Jacksonville Armada (NPSL) 2
After a victory in its play-in game against The Villages SC, Jacksonville Armada put in a strong second half showing to overcome the SIMA Eagles. The squads traded shots in the first half but went into the break scoreless. Early in the second half, Joshua Castellanos broke the deadlock. Following a combination off a corner kick, Michael Melvin launched a ball into the box. It bounced off Camilo Portilla and fell to Castellanos, who swung it home past the goalkeeper to the left side.
After gaining the lead, the Armada ratcheted up the pressure, and its tenacious press provided a chance to double the lead. As the Aguilas attempted to build out, Conor Doyle forced a turnover at the edge of SIMA’s defensive third. He took a few dribbles to the top of the box and launched a rocket inside the right post. Jacksonville will take on Florida foe Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) for its Second Round fixture.