- DAY 1 -
July 3, 2021 - Bryan Park Soccer Complex / Greesnboro, NC
Day 1 of the Boys ECNL Postseason is a wrap. 3 of the 6 boys teams competed today: 02/03s, 04s, and 05s.
The GSA 02/03s started slow and conceded a PK two minutes in to a committed Florida Elite group. GSA Goalkeeper, CJ Wyborn (Piedmont U. commit) made a TERRIFIC save and that seemed to wake up GSA which dominated the match from that point and was able to dictate play for most of match creating some great chances.
We broke through on a great goal by Akinni James (UAB commitment) midway through the second half, the team was able to maintain pressure on Florida Elite. GSA conceded a goal late in the second half while playing a man down from a second half send off. Regulation ended in a 1-1 draw, and GSA lost in penalties to knock them out of the single elimination 19U playoff.
After a slow start the 04’s went down 1-0 early to a penalty, and endured a lot of pressure after that but were able to hold to a 1-0 deficit at half time. Second half started much more positively and was rewarded with an equaliser early in the half. The game opened up and a we were caught out by some fast counter attacks. As we chased the game, NEFC took advantage of the space and unfortunately ran away with a 4-1 win. Many lessons learned and hopefully those lessons will be applied to the next two games.
Time to rest, recover, and plan for a busy Day 2 which sees conference champs 08s and 07s, as well as our 06s beginning play.