Foothills FC defeat Seattle Sounders U23 2-1 to remain at the top of the Northwest Division
Foothills remained undefeated at home in 2019 with the victory Friday night.
Two hard working goals from great through ball passes, came off the boots of Tofa Fakunle and Willy Akio to get the locals their first win at their new pitch and continued their almost four year home undefeated streak.
Some of the more interesting elements of the day included the game being postponed and rescheduled, below zero wind chills at kickoff, then a 45 minute delay when the sprinklers at Mount Royal University's field turned themselves on at the 68 minute mark.
Head coach of Foothills, Leon Hapgood, wanted to apologize publically to the Sounders.
"They have every right to be upset with the day, kudos to them, they were really respectful at the end.
Foothills head coach Leon Hapgood was happy with the win, and the defenders, but acknowledged they had too much to do in the match.
"They went very direct. We need to be better. We lost our bravery in possession."
Midfielder Drake Rendle came in midway through the first half and seemed to be involved in every offensive breakout Foothills had.
"I made a tactical change, went to a 4-3-3 formation. Drake came in and changed the game immediately," said the coach. "He's been chomping at the bit, trying to get minutes, the system helped. We got Tofa in a better position and that's where the goal came from."
Fakunle's 32nd minute goal, and fourth in seven matches, came off a midfield steal by Dan Pritchard, who fed it ahead for the quick finish by Fakunle, as the Seattle defenders and keeper had little time to react to the rapid change of possession.
Akio's game winning goal came just two minutes after the second half whistle. On a forward pass from midfielder Drake Rendle, Akio was able to fake out Seattle keeper Nic Campuzano, tempting him to move forward, deked him out and at a very tight angle, placed the ball inside the far post.
"I saw the goalie came out, and I saw that if I make a touch with my left foot, I would have some space to take my shot. And it worked,” he said. “I pivot on my right, then took it on my left, I knew I had the goal."
Dante Brigida cut the deficit at the 59th minute mark with a perfectly placed goal just under the cross bar and over the hands of Ben Jackson.
Calgary improved their record to 4-1-2, while the Sounders fell to 1-3-2. The rematch is scheduled for Mount Royal's stadium field at 2pm this Sunday.
ABOUT FOOTHILLS FC
Foothills FC operates in Calgary and competing in the USL League Two Northwest Conference since 2015. In 2018, Foothills captured the National Championship title of the U23 league. Foothills FC’s mandate is to be a bridge for the future stars of the game to develop and succeed in Canada, while providing our fans with a premier sporting experience.
Foothills FC would like to thank all its sponsors including our jersey and game day sponsors: Telus, PetroTranz, Rogers Insurance, Secure Energy, Field Safe Solutions, Panther Sports Medicine, Cavalry FC and Strikers Soccer
ABOUT USL LEAGUE TWO
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) features 74 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 18 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. League Two has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with more than 70 percent of all selections in the MLS SuperDraft since 2010 having PDL experience, including 66 selections in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft
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