12 Apr ALBION PROS STAY PERFECT
Albion Pros stayed perfect in NPSL league play with a 2-0 victory over Temecula FC last night. With 2 clean sheets in 2 victories, you cant ask for a better start to the season. Unless you are Albion Pros head coach Ziggy Korytoski. Albion Pros had moments of brilliance versus a stout Temecula FC team, but are looking to improve as the NPSL season moves on.
In the first half, Albion Pros took command of the game and crafted many opportunities. They dominated the run of play with the majority of possession and shots on goal. However, an inspired and stout Temecula FC defense thwarted every Albion advance. Forwards Matt Clare and Tre Hayes came close to opening their scoring account via some silky play but neither could find he back of the net. Hayes had a clear penalty shout 23 min in, but it was not rewarded as the referee deemed it a fair challenge. Nevertheless, the Temecula defense and Goalkeeper kept the game at 0-0 with only 45 min to go.
The second half proved to be a different story. Albion Pros kept the pressure up in the second half with relentless shots and crosses. In the 60th minute, Midfielder Felipe Liborio got on the end of a cross to head home the first goal of the night for Albion Pros. That was exactly what the 1400+ people in the stands had waited to see and their patience was quickly rewarded a second time. As Albion fans crowded the Mission Bay High School track to race flags down the sideline, Forward Matt Clare chested down a David Luquen cross and rifled a right-footed volley into the top right corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead. Despite continued pressure from Albion Pros, the game finished comfortably at 2-0. Coach Ziggy Korytoski was pleased with the total performance from the team and great fans.
“I’m extremely proud of the effort. The players prepared very well all week. I thought we managed the moments of the game to our advantage, particularly in the 2nd half and were rewarded with 2 very good goals that brought the house down. The support was fantastic, and you can see this team believing that we are playing for something bigger than ourselves.” – Ziggy Korytoski
Next Week, Albion Pros take on NC Battalion in the San Diego Derby Game and is also the National NPSL Game of the Week. A MASSIVE game as both teams look to claim the top spot in the division and gain San Diego superiority.
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