ATLetic falls for the first time this season
GOAL SCORER (ASSIST):
1-4 (65′) DELV CLARKE (JOHN-ERICH KING)
2-6 (80′) DELV CLARKE (BRANDON JOYNER)
MAN OF THE MATCH: DELV CLARKE
VaHi ATLetic FC traveled to the Georgia Soccer Park in East Point, GA to face D3 second place team, Piramex. The game was played at 1 pm under rainy and cold conditions.
ATLetic started the game on the right foot by applying pressure up top and creating several good chances. Unfortunately they were unable to convert them and they paid a hefty price. By the 20th minute the game went south for ATLetic when their control of the ball began slipping. Piramex’s midfield establish themselves and chance after chance they tested ATLetic’s second keeper, Chris Downs, who responded well in several occasions.
(KEEPER CHRIS DOWNS CLEARS THE BALL)
Piramex’s pressure was relentless however, and they found their 1st goal when a cross-shot from the right wing ended up in the back of the net. ATLetic found themselves in an unfamiliar position, trailing for the first time in 5 matches this season. ATLetic’s players kept hustling and attempted to create chances but they lacked the team cohesiveness that this particular game required. Piramex kept controlling the ball and creating chances and quickly found their 2nd one of the afternoon. A soft foul call on the top of the box allowed Piramex’s Napoleon Onate to curl a perfect left-foot shot around the wall and into Down’s right top corner for the 3rd of the game. A ball lost in the left flank was crossed into the box for a crashing header in the 43rd minute for the 4th of the game.
(ATLETIC MIDFIELDERS #8 NICO GARCIA AND #4FELIPE LOBELO CONNECTING)
ATLetic found themselves stunned by the scoreline and the half-time talk was an attempt to lift the team’s spirit.
For the 2nd half ATLetic began a bit more composed and again created several chances to score. Delv Clarke was able to find space behind Piramex’s defense after a 40 yard ball from John-Erick King. Clarke’s pace was too much for the defender and he stretched to touch the ball pass a rushing keeper.
(LEFT WINGER DELV CLARKE WINS THE BALL – CLARKE SCORED ATLetic’s TWO GOALS OF THE DAY)
With the score-line 4-1 and 35 minutes to play, ATLetic still had some hope. After all, in 2 previous games this season they were able to score 4 goals in the second half. However, their approach all afternoon was unbalanced and relied too much on individual plays and too little on passing and team effort to attack and defend. It was clear that without the ball they could not attack. Instead of packing the middle to win the ball back and find chances to score, ATLetic “broke” up in two sides, a group of 6 attacking minded players and the 4 defenders. With a huge hole in the middle Piramex kept moving the ball in the middle knowing the clock was on their side and enjoyed little pressure from an ATletic side that was tired and too focused on attacking. With acres of space and time they found 2 more goals with through balls behind and outstretched ATLetic’s defense.
(ATLetic’s SKIPPER FELIPE LOBELO PRESSURES THE BALL)
Delv Clare was again the only real threats to Piramex’s defense when he headed a perfect cross from right-winger Brandon Joyner for his second of the day. Clarke wins a man of the match award for his performance up top but in general the team did not play smart football. Piramex had time to find a last goal in the final minutes of the game for a final 7-2 score.
(PIRAMEX DOMINATED THE BALL WELL IN THE MIDDLE)
A strong home win for Piramex that puts them closer to ATLetic’s 12 points in the season. ATletic still at the top of D3 but their unbeaten streak was stopped rather violently. The players and team management understand that they were not a perfect team after their initial 4 wins. They also know that their 7-2 defeat by Piramex does not reflect the strength of the team or the difference between the 2 teams. Adapting to different situations of the game, including trailing games and facing tough opposition will be key for ATLetic’s season as they will face quality squads throughout their campaign. Managing the anxiety to always be on attack mode and having a more balanced approach to games will be required to succeed this season.
(TOUGH DEFEAT FOR ATLetic BUT THEY STILL ATOP OF ADASL D3)
Next Sunday, 11/11/12 ATLetic faces D2 side Terminus FC for their Perrin Cup first game. The game will be played at Terminus’ home field: Riverwood High School turf at 1 pm. ATLetic will be looking to bounce back from a tough loss and keep their Perrin Cup chances alive against an experienced opponent that they have faced several times in previous seasons. Please come out and support the team!