U12 North American Finals Day 2|
Cambra's second half goal earns Match Fit 1-0 victory
2012 Super Y-League North American Finals
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Bradenton, Fla. - Parsippany SC and Match Fit Chelsea have met in league play but no meeting was as big as Saturday’s showdown as the two teams entered the game coming off victories. In a very even game it was Michael Cambra’s second half goal that proved the difference lifting Match Fit Chelsea to a narrow 1-0 victory at the Super Y-League North American Finals presented by Umbro.
Chijioke Uche had an immediate influence on the game up front for Match Fit as the speedy striker looked to race past the Parsippany defense. In the fifth minute Uche showed his athleticism rising above everyone to win the header sending it just over Alex Roch’s crossbar.
After the initial wave or pressure, Parsippany grew into the game and had a decent chance when the ball fell into the box at William Stroud’s feet. The forward couldn’t direct his shot on frame and the game remained scoreless.
With both teams so evenly matched chances were at a premium. Roch was called into action making a wonderful point blank save on Dylan Akay’s shot to keep Match Fit at bay.
The teams went into half with all to play for. In a game both teams may look back at rueing missed opportunities, Cambra made no mistake eight minutes into the second half.
"Just keep working. Keep working and put their back four under a little bit of pressure," said Match Fit Chelsea head coach Steve Dematteo. "I thought we could break it down if we went forward." And it worked.
Nigel Woodroffe played a lovely ball through the defense to Cambra who was flying down the right side. Roch came out of net but Cambra’s deft shot was too good as he slid the ball into the bottom corner.
The goal forced Parsippany SC to push up field to find the equalizer. Five minutes from the whistle they had their best chance of the game. Korey Roman was played through into the left side of the penalty area. Running onto the ball he was unable to steer his shot on target as it grazed the crossbar.
Match Fit locked it down on defense the last few minutes of the game to preserve Trevor Hogan’s cleansheet.
Parsippany falls to 1-1 and faces the Alpharetta Ambush on Sunday while Match Fit will enter their game on Sunday against West Pines unbeaten in group play.
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Ashby scores twice as Kalamazoo wins 5-0
Bradenton, Fla. - Emily Ashby scored on either side of halftime to help lift the Kalamazoo Kingdom to a 5-0 victory against the Long Island Rough Riders on Saturday morning at the Super Y-League North American Finals.
Kalamazoo entered Saturday’s contest coming off of a 2-0 victory on Friday against VSI West Florida and rode that momentum early. The Kingdom came out flying and were soon rewarded for their constant pressure as Madison Myers’s free kick from outside the penalty box sailed over Brittany Shaneberger’s head into the far netting in the fifth minute.
"It was very good. We played well," said Kingdom head coach Lewis Robinson. "We talk about starting early and both games we’ve got a goal in the first five minutes, which helps our cause a lot. It helps us relax."
Riley Tanner and Emily Ashby were a constant threat to the Rough Riders’ back line and the duo combined to put Kalamazoo up 2-0 in the seventh minute of play. Tanner made an incisive run down the left side and squared to Ashby who made no mistake.
Long Island settled the game and gained confidence and possession after giving up the two early goals but couldn’t create anything in the way of chances as the first half came to a close.
Kalamazoo began the second half as they did the first by pressing forward looking to put the game out of reach. Five minutes in and Tanner and Ashby again combined to make it 3-0 in favor of the Kingdom.
Moments later, Elise Blakely hit the post but would not be denied for long. Turning her defender, Blakely curled a lovely shot from distance over Long Island’s second half goalkeeper substitute Elaine Liu’s outstretched arms.
Facing constant pressure, Liu made several key saves that kept the scoreline at 4-0.
Sophia Terzes completed the scoring in the 50th minute taking a free kick from 25 yards out that Liu simply could not get high enough to tip over the bar.
Kalamazoo now sits at 2-0 in the tournament and faces the Northern Virginia Majestics in their final game of group play. Long Island will look to get win in the column tomorrow facing VSI West Florida at 8 a.m.
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