Saturday, September 7, 2013

Firebirds Open Season with 4-1 Win Over Holy Family

UDC's Elio Hernandez (#8) gives chase in 1st half

10th place? Perhaps the ECC coaches would like a moment to reconsider their preseason poll? The UDC men's soccer team opened their 2013 campaign with a resounding 4-1 victory over Holy Family in front of an enthusiastic (even raucous) home crowd yesterday afternoon. You could feel the energy at UDC Athletic Field, a noticeable difference over years past: There was even heckling on our behalf. Heckling!

After giving up a goal to Tigers' junior Justin Massaro only three minutes in, the Firebirds responded with four straight goals... three in the first half alone. Sophomore Elio Hernandez tied things up in the 11th minute, on a sweet feed from freshman Felix Angerer. Less than two minutes later, freshman Sam Rowden converted a long pass from goalkeeper (and fellow Brit) Louis Connor to put UDC up for good 2-1. Rowden... This dude is fast! Angerer scored a goal of his own just before the 35th minute, rebounding his own penalty kick for a 3-1 lead: The 6-3 forward finished with a goal and two assists. Junior midfielder Byron Brown rounded out the scoring, with a late goal in the second half (off a nice pass from Rowden.)

Heads up! Atunde Akum (#5) wins out

Connor played terrific in goal, stopping all but one of 13 Holy Family shots on goal (4 official saves.) The Tigers actually outshot UDC 13-10 and 4-1 in corners; but UDC's interior defense came up big when necessary. UDC looks to improve to 2-0 on Sunday, when they host Goldey-Beacom from Delaware. That game starts at 1:00 PM: The Redskins don't play until Monday night, so there's no excuse to miss this game (especially when you consider it's FREE to get in.)

Click here for yesterday's box score.

Firebirds captain Rogue Hernandez

UDC MF Jose Garcia

Some Tigers can jump, but UDC wins big 4-1