It’s the tale of two halves, and in some ways, the best of times and the worst of times. The Regiment failed to convert quality chances in the first half and suffered in the second when Rochester took advantage of a pair of FPR gaffs.
With both teams finding room to attack the other’s goal during the first 45 minutes, it was in the 30th minutes when Marc Alexander with the first quality chance of the game when he headed a Lucas Godinho corner that appeared to going just inside the back post when James Lepetit palmed the ball away from his goal line to prevent the score.
While the Regiment was more aggressive on the attack in the first half earning six corners. The Lancers countered with a few solid chances as well. In the 39th minute only a solid Christian Snatchko save kept Glen Allen from giving the Lancers the lead.
In the second half both teams continued their efforts to solve the other’s defense.
In what might have been the Regiment’s best chance from the run of play in the second half came in the 54th minute, Godinho sent a pass through the Rochester goal box to Nick Kolarac whose well-struck shot was stopped by Lepetit. giving him one of his six saves during the match.
In the 65th a sign of things to come, Will Stone evaded the left side of the FPR backline to confront Snatchko 1v1. His attempt to shoot over the prone keeper rolled along the goal line tantalizingly.
Three minutes later Rafael Godoi would capitalize when Snatchko and FPR defender Mikel Ubeda tangled on a flight ball that bounced to the Lancers’ midfielder to be put into the Regiment net.
In the 86th minute, Will Stone put the game on ice when he walked through the FPR backline and beat Snatchko 1v1 to make it 2-0.
During the match Matt McDyer suffered a broken hand at the end of the first half, adding to the Regiment’s injuries woes. McDyer was able to finish the match.
The Regiment fall to 4-1-0 while the Lancers improved to 2-2-1.
Contributor: Tim McCoy/Fort Pitt Regiment
Photo Credit: Tim McCoy/Fort Pitt Regiment