VaHi ATLetic FC DELIVERS ANOTHER “MANITA” ON THE ROAD!
GOAL SCORER (ASSIST):
1-0 (15′) AARON KING (JOHN-ERICH KING)
2-0 (60′) AARON KING (NICO GARCIA)
3-0 (70′) AARON KING (DELV CLARKE)
4-0 (80′) FELIPE LOBELO (PK – FARIS GHAWI)
5-0 (85′) DEYE GONYON (JONATHAN PEART)
MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD: AARON KING
(VaHi ATLetic FC 2012-2013 TEAM PHOTO SPORTING NEW JOMA UNIFORMS)
VaHi ATLetic FC kept their winning form and improved their record this season to 3-0-0 by delivering another “manita” (5-0) on the road, this time to former D2 side Pelicans White FC. The game was played at 1 pm at Pelicans’ home field, Point University in East Atlanta, GA. ATLetic was also proudly sporting their new JOMA uniforms for the 2012-2013 season.
(PRE-GAME WARM-UP – NOTICE STARTING ELEVEN PASSES ON THE PITCH)
It was a beautiful fall afternoon in Atlanta and Point’s University field was in really good shape, perfect conditions for a football afternoon and for ATLetic’s possession-style game to flourish. The team’s confidence was high from the previous week 2nd half performance and management was looking to replicate that spirit from the get go. ATLetic started strong, dominating the midfield, pressuring high, passing the ball and finding last week’s man of the match and hat-trick scorer, Aaron King as well as second forward John-Erich King. The “Kings” tormented Pelican’s defense by constantly making runs, diagonals and finding each other. JEK tested the keeper a couple of times with powerful shots from the top of the box. However, it was only time for ATLetic to find the first goal and it indeed came on the 15th minute when Lobelo found JEK on the top of the box who in turn flicked the ball to his buddy up top. Aaron finished once again perfectly with a driven low shot to the keeper’s right corner.
ATLetic did not sit on their early lead and kept pressuring high and bombarding Pelicans’ box with crosses and shots. Several chances went wide begging or were saved by their busy keeper. Eventually, Pelicans found a second wind and attempted a few breakaway runs that were deactivated by ATLetic’s defenders Juan Torres, Milos Kvasay and Nick Link and on one occasion keeper Scott Stilwell. The 2nd half ended with Atletic’s at times loosing possession of the ball and their midfielders having to scramble to clear balls and maintain the clean sheet.
Instructions at half-time were to get back to the game-plan: simple possession football, create but improve efficiency, finish chances and kill the game. The starters did exactly that and put the game away quickly.
(HALF-TIME TACTICAL DISCUSSION – TEAM CAPTAIN (#4) ADDRESSING THE SQUAD)
After a couple of missed chances, the 2-0 came in the 60th minute when midfielder Nico Garcia send a perfect lob pass through the middle of Pelican’s defense to Aaron who found space behind the central defenders and lobbed to the ball over a rushing keeper.
Smelling blood, ATLetic kept pressuring and using the wings to stretch out an already tired Pelican’s defense. The strategy prove effective when Delv Clarke made one of his trademark runs on the left wing, crossing a low-driven ball that Deye Gonyon could not reach. Aaron, however, was hungry to repeat his last week’s hat-trick performance and was perfectly positioned to easily tap the ball for the 3-0 at the 70th minute. Outstanding performance again by Aaron who once again wins the MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD. During pre-season Aaron proved he is a deadly finisher with a perfect sense of positioning, strenght and the necessary opportunism that every goal scorer needs. His back-to-back hat-trick performances catapulted him to the top of ADASL D3’s golden boot (“Pichichi”) race.
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ATLetic finished the game strong, triangulating the ball in the middle and changing pace to find extra goals. On one of those situations, Faris Ghawi found a loose ball on the top of the box and got tripped when dribbling inside the box for an easy PK call. Lobelo, the designated PK taker for the team, was looking to convert his first this season. He kept his good pre-season form that saw himconverting 4 out 4 and added his name to ATLetic’s goal scorers for the 4th of the day on the 80th minute by putting the ball in the upper-right corner.
The “manita” was complete when left back Jonathan Peart found Deye Gonyon on a breakaway who scored the fifth goal of the afternoon with a low driven shot at the 85th minute. There was time for a final save by Scott on a shot that took a deflection in the defense. The keeper had little work during the game but when called to action showed he kept his focus on the game and responded with agility and speed to protect his clean sheet.
Another dominating performance by VaHi ATLetic FC that propels them to the top of their divisional table. ATLetic knows that they can count on their red-hot forwards to deliver this season, with Deye Gonyon and Aaron king on good form and with JEK and Delv Clarke playing unselfish football, feeding them, opening spaces and surely scoring in future games. The team’s success, however, starts with a strong back line that has helped Scott Stilwell keep his 3rd clean sheet in a row. Out of the 31 ADASL teams this season, only last season’s D1 champions Melchester Wings arealso yet to concede a goal. Likewise, ATLetic’s positive goal differential (+11) is the second best in the league behind Nuesoft II, the team at the top of D2. The squad’s balance gets reflected in the performance of the midfielders and wingers so far. They show commitment and responsibility to help out in defense, sustain the high pressure and possess the ball to create scoring chances. ATLetic also enjoys the advantage of a very deep team, having 7 subs that immediatelyhave an impact on the game.
Stay tuned for future game reports! Next Sunday 10/28/2012 VaHi ATLetic FC will face Nuesoft III at their home field at Boulevard Crossing Park at 3 pm. The game will mark the first home match for ATLetic who will be looking to make their home-court a fortress against one of the toughest teams in D3 that currently sits 3 points behind them on 2nd place in the divisional table. ATLetic knows if they keep their so far composed, professional performances, they will control their destiny on the long road for promotion to D2 this season. One game at a time is however the team’s mantra this season. As Atletico Madrid’s “mister” Diego Simeone says: in football what you did yesterday does not matter, only what you do today.
Here is a summary of a player’s performance on the match (90 minutes) as measured by micoach