U19 Bethesda Internationals Win 1st Round
26 May. 2011. After just 4 practices, some last minute roster details, coordinating availability/agreement from opponent for a match date, securing a home field, and arranging w/MSYSA for scheduling of officials IAW new MSYSA State Cup 2011 procedures, the reunited Internationals (2) gathered at the very nice, newly built turf field #5 w/lights at Fairland Rec Park in Burtonsville, MD, to face its 1st Round opponent, U18/Baltimore SC Rapids (7), who after missing deadline for its own U18 age group, was accepted by MSYSA to play up in the U19 bracket.
It was a sunny and warm early evening kickoff at 7:00pm. The Internationals controlled most of the play for the 1st half, creating numerous scoring opportunities but could not finish any shot attempts, with several shots saved by the Rapids' GK. Inter's strong defense held the Rapids to just 3-4 shots which went wide/awry, and the half ended scoreless.
In the 2nd half, the Internationals and Rapids both stepped up its offensive intensity and attacking with both teams moving the ball well and taking numerous shots/corners. About mid-way through the half, Patrick M. launched a 50+ yard pass into the box where Ben N. expertly collected the ball, turned and slammed a volley shot into the net past the Gk to put the Internationals up 1-0. Minutes later, Ben N. was fouled in the box by the GK as he came out to collect a ball too late as Ben got to it first. The resultant PK was smartly finished by Patrick in the left corner of the net as the GK dove the other way, and the match ended later, 2-0, Internationals.
The Internationals will play Round 2 vs. U19 Baltimore Bays Chelsea (4) at Fairland Rec Park next Wed., 1st June. The Chelsea team bested MD Nike Rush Swoosh (7), 6-0. In the other bracket, Freestate Dragons (1) bested MD Nike Rush Tiempo (8), 5-0, while SAC United (3) prevailed over Calverton Spartans (6), 4-2.
Region One has awared Maryland a Wild Card for Regionals 2011; thus, both Finalists will advance to the Regionals 1-6 July in Lancaster, PA. The USYSA Nationals will be held in Phoenix, AZ, 26-31 July, where teams will compete for the coveted U19 James P. McGuire cup.