City Dominates in Win over New Jersey
After a tough loss to Sporting Maryland, City regrouped and dominated in the second regular season game of the 2018 National League of Professional Futsal Season against Copa F.C, New Jersey. The game started with City controlling most all of the possession and creating numerous scoring opportunities. It didn't take long for those opportunities to break.
2 minutes into the game Aldony Mendez weaved his way through traffic to slot home the first goal for City. That goal seemed to break open the flood gates. Belliard got in on the action with a brilliant ball to Ryan Derby, as City's second goal went in the net. Shortly after, Jeremy Klepal terrorized Copa's defense taking players on left and right, scoring 4 goals in the first half and assisting on another 3. It seemed that all the chances City couldn't capitalize on during the Sporting Maryland game, where finding the back of the net in this game.
Going into the break
Right before halftime, City gave up a goal to Copa FC, off of a rather brilliant effort by one of Copa's Ala's. Copa got another break when a questionable P.K was called on City's Buegar, who slid out to stop a shot. Buegar answered with a thundering PK save that seemed to crush any confidence Copa had. With 10 seconds to go in the half, City's Jeremy Klepal, took off on a run, spinning around a defender and slotting a ball to Belliard who finished on the back post. The goal, however, was called back when the referees deemed that the buzzer had sounded before the ball went into the net. City went into halftime up 9-1.
Rough Start, regained Control
The second half started with City giving up two quick goals in a shaky second half start. Copa's confidence was on the rise and a comeback started to seem possible. City's Klepal and Belliard began to slow the game down to keep possession, forcing Copa F.C to step out and press the game. That was all the space City's Aldony Mendez needed. Mendez charged at the Copa defense netting 3 goals in the second half, putting a complete halt on any hope Copa might have had. The rest of the second half was a breeze, as City controlled possession and stayed disciplined defensively. The game concluded with City winning running away by a score of 12-4.
Home Opener on May 11th
City will take on Columbus Futsal next Saturday at Columbus, for the 3rd regular season game in the National League. The following Friday, on May 11th, City will host Toronto United for their 2018 National League Home Opener at the new court at the Summit Sports and Ice Complex. Kickoff is at 7:30 P.M. This is going to be one to remember.