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VaHi ATLetic looking to rebound from opening day defeat
After suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat to Little Five FC, ATLetic is looking to turn things around when they face Majestic Red (1-1), who themselves rebounded from their opening day trashing by Arsenal Atlanta (11-1) with a solid win last Sunday over Pelicans Blue (3-0).
ATLetic’s game last week vs KSA18s got postponed which allowed the team to prepare for this upcoming important fixture. Team management underscored the importance of attention to detail in defense while finishing chances in attack as the key to competing in a long and grueling ADASL season.
The game will be held at Georgia Soccer Park field #1, Sunday October 19th with kick-off at 3 pm. We hope you can come to support your neighborhood team and catch some of the best quality futbol in town.
The team will be heading to their Sponsor Rira after the game for much needed re-hydrating.
In the meantime check out highlights of our pre-season game vs Arsenal Atlanta back here
ATLetic Defeated in ADASL Season Opener vs Little Five FC
Check out video highlights of the game here
Full first 20 minutes of the game are here
VaHi ATLetic FC suffered a heavy defeat in the ADASL Division 2 season opener against Little Five FC by a score of four goals to nil. Little Five deserved to win the match as they created more chances and were more effective. However, the score difference was perhaps a little too large for what both teams showed in the top-class GSP field.
ATLetic created their best chance in the game within the first 10 minutes when a long pass by center-back Jacob Schutz found a streaking Scotty Navin on the right. The winger delivered a perfect chip to Brandon O’toole but the rookie striker was not able to put it pass the keeper despite a decent attempt heading in it down.
Teams traded chances for most of the game’s first half with Little Five dominating possession while ATLetic’s collapsed well in defense and counter-attacked. Skipper Felipe Lobelo was forced to play on goal during the first half, but he was able to keep the 0 on his back relying on some strong defending by holding mid Brendan Fels, center defenders Florentino Aguilar and Schutz and fullbacks Danny Battaglia and Nathan Eppinger
The second half however, saw Little Five capitalize on some good passing, finding space in the left flank. ATLetic’s defense was unable to clear the loose ball which was hooked by an attacker from short distance to put it in the upper netting and open the score.
Down a goal ATLetic, dominated possession stringing some good combination play in the middle between Tolu Afolabi, John King, Mika Turner, Francisco Pasiano, Andrew Mugan and Hayden Kaminski, supported in defense by Milos “the Kaiser” Kvasay and Folusho Erogbogo in the wing – only to produce some half chances that were well controlled by Little Five’s defenders and keeper.
With ATLetic devoting more resources to attack, space opened up for Little Fives counter-attacks. In the 75th minute their strategy paid off when again space was found on the left flank and the forward’s low shot beat ATLetic’s keeper Scott Stilwell.
A similar scenario occurred for the third goal when a tight angle shot bounced of Stilwell hand and into the post to creep, the ball inching inside the line.
In the final play of the game with ATLetic trying to score of a corner kick, another counter-attack delivered the nail in the coffin for VaHi when Lobelo was unable to control the defense’s high clearance.
A disappointing result for VaHi ATLetic’s season opener. They will be looking to bounce back in the next game when they face a young and energetic KSA 18’s. The result stressed some basic premises of ADASL soccer: details matter and lack effectiveness to put away chances comes back to haunt you. A lot of new faces in the team means sometime will be required to gel and develop as a unit and next Sunday is the perfect chance to improve on those long-term goals.
Stay tuned for more updates via Facebook, Twitter, our Youtube channel and hope to see you next Sunday at Georgia Soccer Park (11 am field 4)
Check out video highlight here http://youtu.be/PKb7gnEAajc
Early October in Atlanta marks the start of the most traditional and competitive Adult Soccer Amateur league in metro Atlanta. Teams have worked hard to get ready for a long and grueling season – this year D2 and D3 are merged – which promises to offer lots of ups and downs. VaHi ATLetic in its 3rd year in the league has prepared the Season well with several pre-season scrimmages. a total of 10 returning playersfrom last season include the team’s backbone line with Scott Stillwell in goal, Milos Kvasay commanding the defense, Felipe Lobelo in the middle and Uruguayan Federico Stock up front. Other returning players include Danny Battaglia and Folusho Erogbogbo in the fullback positions, Silviu “Hagi” Raducu and Jacob Shultz in defensive/mid positions, Mika Turner as attacking/wide Mid and John “Pipita” King up top.
Team management worked hard over the summer break to recruit talent for all positions on the pitch and the team has undoutedbly strenghten.
Preparations are over and its not time to compete! We play our first local derby vs Little Five FC at 3 pm – Georgia Soccer Park field 3. Come on out and support your VaHi squad!
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Tryouts and Pre-season conditioning start August 7th –
ADASL season starts October 4th
NEXT PRACTICES / TRYOUTS
– Friday August 7th – 5:30 pm @ Piedmont Park Soccer field – North field 2.
– VaHi FC 7vs7 games at Silverbacks park league (wednesday evenings)
– Other Practices and pre-season games will be announced later – Stay tuned!
Pre-season conditioning and scrimmage games over the next 6 weeks will be key to compete in a long and grueling season of 20+ games.
If interested in trying out for our team please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text at 404-307-4027
Only serious players please! – fees for the season (20 games) will be $280 per player.
Fees include individual registration with ADASL and player pass ($55), 18 game season + at least 1 Perrin Cup game + 2 or 3 pre-season scrimmages + use of team uniforms + Website
Roster will be selected in late August. Fees need to be paid in full by August 20th
Stay in touch and Forza ATLetic!
ATLetic COMES BACK FROM 0-2 DOWN AND SNATCHES 3 CRITICAL POINTS, CLARKE SCORES IN THE 90TH MINUTE
GOAL SCORER (ASSIST):
1-2 (44′) JOSE BALTAZAR – (DELV CLARKE)
2-2 (78′) “NICO” GARCIA – (DELV CLARKE)
3-2 (90′) DELV CLARKE (NICK LINK)
MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD: DELV CLARKE
VaHi ATLetic FC bounced back from recent disappointing results by defeating Clarkston FC by a score of 3-2, taking their league record to 7-5-1 this season. The game was played at 3 pm under windy conditions at ATLetic’s new home field, Georgia Soccer Park, in SE Atlanta.
ATLetic were looking to regain confidence after loosing 2-1 to top D3 side Georgia Tech Club and a 2-2 tie vs Morehouse SC. The team’s recent inconsistent performances have been costly, in particular last week’s result, in which a comfortable 2-0 lead was not protected and 2 goals were given up in the last 10 minutes of the game.
(ATLetic’s right back Brandon Joyner with possession as a Clarkston player applies pressure)
The initial 15 minutes of the game saw ATLetic attempt to control the ball and impose their style of play. Skipper Felipe Lobelo was back in the formation after missing the last two games, looking to improve the team’s shape and organization and bring back their winning mentality. A couple of chances on runs by Delv Clarke were saved in the last minute by CLarkston’s defenders. The fluidity in the passing was however inconsistent for ATLetic, with sloppy play in the middle, loosing too many balls which made things easy for Clarkston’s youngsters who kept pressing with speed and energy. Clarkston found the opener in the 20′ when a ball lost in the middle was send forward for a Clarkston player who cut a defender inside the box and put it away in the lower corner despite Stilwell’s effort.
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ATLetic seemed stunned to see themselves down against a team they defeated easily earlier in the season by a score of 5-0. It was clear, however that Clarkston had improved as a team as the season progressed. On the other hand, ATLetic’s play was sluggish and sloppy, with lack of intensity and creativity.
(Clarkston FC’s coach Loz Dun saw his team perform very well in the first half)
ATLetic were again architects of their own demise in the 30′ when a shot by Clarkston that was going wide was kept inn and then a player attempting to dribble his way out of pressure at the top of his own box. An ill-advised move that ended up with him loosing the ball and a Clarkston player shooting hard and low pass Stilwell, who was blocked by a forest of legs and could not see the ball in time.
(Stilwell beaten again in the 30′ by a 25-yard shot after ATLetic lost possession in the top of the box)
2-0 down, ATLetic were determined to keep themselves in the game and the subs stepped in. Ricardo Navarro came in for Brandon Joyner in the right back and brought spark and defensive intensity, going hard at every ball. Waller, Baltazar and Ghawi started connecting better in the middle and finding Clarke. The pressure paid off finally in the 44′ when Ghawi send a through ball for Clarke who crossed it for Fo. The Nigerian was brought down in the box but the ref correctly played advantage and Baltazar came in crashing the box to bury the ball in the lower left corner. A great goal for ATLetic out of combination football to get back in the game, right before half-time.
(ATLetic’s Navarro and Ghawi sparked the team in defense and offense to get back in the game)
ATLetic started the second-half knowing the momentum had shifted in their favor, but understanding that the key to get back in the game was playing smart, patient football to find openings. ATLetic enjoyed several chances but Clarkston’s defense was able to hold and send several dangerous counter-attacks. ATLetic kept pressing and playing possession football and eventually their patience paid off. Baltazar and Lobelo connected in the middle much more. In one of those occasions Lobelo send a long ball to CLarke with space behind the defense who again found the open man, in this case “Nico” Garcia crashing the box and putting it away for the equalizer in the 78′.
(ATLetic’s midfield dominated in the second half to turn the game around- Here Lascano connecting with Baltazar)
With the game in the balance and 10 minutes to play, ATLetic kept the pressure up, looking for the winning goal but opening up space for CLarkston’s young, fast legs. Experience in this case paid off and when necessary, ATLetic resorted to tactical fouls to stop them and keep themselves in the game knowing that they will have at least 1 or 2 more chances to score before the game was over. It was that superior experience and positive winning mentality the key factor that allowed them to capitalize on that last chance. One of Nick Link’s specialty long balls was tracked by Fo who attempted a flick. The ball went over his head but that took the defense out of position. Clarke was in the right place at the right time to find the ball, ran 30 yards holding off a defender and put it away with power and precision blasting it over the head of the keeper to win the match with a goal in the 90′.
With the 3-2 lead, ATLetic still had to fend off CLarkston over the 5 minute stoppage period. Baltazar, Lobelo and CLarke showed once again experience and football IQ and rather than giving the ball away they possessed it in the corner kick, deep into Clarkston’s territory until the final whistle was blown.
In the end an important win for ATLetic who were able to fight back from 2 goals down. They found enough grit, positive football, composure and experience to overcome a young, energetic and much improved Clarkston FC side. The team knows they gave up almost 40 minutes to the opposition and had to use everything they had to turn the game around after their sloppy, sluggish start.
In the end a very important victory for ATLetic to keep their 2nd place in the ADASL D3 blue conference, 9 points behind a Piramex side that is looking strong and in control in the final stretch of the season. ATLetic needs to keep a winning mentality over the next few weeks and wait for other results. Still ,the team is fighting in several fronts, looking to finish with as many points as possible, to have a chance for promotion by defending their second place position. Also, star forwards King and Clarke are still in contention for the division’s golden boot with 12 and 10 League goals respectively. So plenty of things to play for in the final stretch of the season for ATLetic.
Man of the match award goes to forward Delv CLarke.
Once again the man born in Birmingham, England showed his value to the team and completed another all-around display with two assists and a last minute goal to win the game. CLarke’s influence in the game goes beyond statistics, however. His pace, strength, hunger and stamina make him a nightmare for opposing teams. He also has quality on the ball, game vision and unselfishness which allows him to start and finish goal opportunities. Kudo’s for Clarke for a team-leading 4th man of the match award! Completing the podium were Nick Link and Ricardo Navarro.
Next stop for ATLetic will be a home game at Georgia Soccer Park field #6 vs Pelicans White FC on February 17th at 1 pm.
Stay tuned for team news and come out to support ATLetic as they battle for promotion in ADASL. Games are free and open to the public!
Check out some game statistics as measured by adidas miCoach
OUTSTANDING TEAM PERFORMANCE BY ATLetic TO DEFEAT TOP D3 SIDE ESTUDIANTES
GOAL SCORER (ASSIST):
1-1 (40′) AARON KING – PK (JOSE BALTAZAR)
2-1 (42′) AARON KING – PK (JOSH MERFELD)
3-1 (80′) JOSE BALTAZAR (NICK LINK)
MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD: JOSE BALTAZAR
VaHi ATLetic FC continued their winning form by defeating top D3 side Estudiantes by a score of 3-1, taking their league record to 6-3-0 this season. The game was played at 11 am under cloudy conditions at ATLetic’s home field, Boulevard Crossing Park, in Atlanta.
ATLetic were looking to pick things up in 2013 just were they left them with a 2nd win in a row after their last win 4-0 vs Bafana.
The initial 20 minutes of the game saw Estudiantes control much of the ball to create scoring opportunities. Moving the ball sharply in the middle they stretched ATletic’s defense and had at least 3 scoring opportunities on shots that forced GK Scott Stilwell into action to save his team. Stilwell also helped the team push forward and one of his long punts was almost capitalized by Aaron King. Estudiantes finally opened the scoring when their forward found space behind the defense and lobbed the ball over a rushing Stilwell.
The goal was a wake-up call for ATLetic. Although Estudiantes kept pressing and creating chances, ATLetic was able to regain some ball possession and battle in the middle. Lobelo and Baltazar started finding each other and in one of those ocasson Baltzar found space in the left of field to send a cross into the box looking for King. The Estudiantes center back backpedal to head the ball but did not reaching it resorted to swat it away with his hand resulting in an easy PK for the ref. Aaron King asked to take it and he did not miss putting it in the right low corner for the equalizer.
Smelling blood, ATletic found the 2-1 right after. Jose Baltazar dribbled past two opposing players and gave a perfect assist to Josh Merfeld who came flying on the right wing and was brought down in the box for yet again another easy PK call. ATletic’s skipper gave it up again for King who is in contention for the top scorer title. The forward did not flinch wining the mental games as he put it in the exact same spot for the 2-1. Excellent come back for ATLetic to end the half.
On the Second half ATletic’s game plan was to defend by keeping possession of the ball. Estudiantes attempted to pressure high but their anxiety to get the ball made them commit foul after foul. They also resorted to send many long balls that resulted in at least 7 calls for offside as ATletic’s back line worked well and synchronized. ATletic found space in the counter-attack and King was unlucky not to sign off his 3rd hat trick of the season. Lobelo found him twice on long balls that he was unable to put away and Link found him as well but his shot hit the post.
ATletic’s 3rd was more predictable than Estudiantes equalizer as the game progressed. The game was decided by Baltazar in the 80′ minute who put the final nail in Estudiantes coffin. Another one of Link’s long balls found Baltazar free and with space in the left wing. The man from Angola showed his pace and ball control with a 30 yard run beating the defender and shooting hard and low to the GK’s post who was unable to keep the ball away as the ball cleared the line.
With the game pretty much decided ATletic kept control of the ball while Estudiantes kept looking for it and in many cases resorting to physical play, trash talk and fouls. ATletic’s players kept their cool despite some nasty unsportsmanlike behavior that was surprisingly not punished by the ref. Overall Estudiantes committed 22 fouls (12 on the skipper) whereas ATletic had 8.
In the end a very important victory for ATLetic to keep their 2nd place in the ADASL D3 blue conference but only 1 put behind Piramex who lost to Georgia Tech Club. The team knows they control their destiny to challenge for the divisional title but they must approach this 1 game at a time.
Man of the match award goes to midfielder Jose Baltazar.
Next stop for ATLetic will be a game at home vs Brewhouse United on January 13th at 1 pm.
Stay tuned for team news and come out to support ATLetic in their quest for the D3 ADASL title. Games are free and open to the public!
Check out some game statistics as measured by adidas miCoach