The Myrtle Beach Mutiny defeated FC Wichita 3-1 Saturday evening July 18th, on the heals of Jon Ander Ibarrondo hat trick.
The game started off fast and furious with FC Wichita on the attack immediately until a beautiful through ball by Brett Luccia found Myrtle Beach forward Jon Ander Ibarrondo at the 11 minute mark who took one touch and then placed the ball calmly in the lower right corner of the net.
Wichita tied the contest nine minutes later when Mohamed Hamed broke down the left touchline and placed a perfect cross to Abel Sebile, who hammered it home. The rest of the half was end-to-end physical action that left many players on the turf until another pass from Myrtle Beach midfielder Aksul Juul somehow found its way to Ibarrondo, who struck a perfect shot into the upper left for his second goal.
The second half started with continued end-to-end action which showcased some of the best passing, teamwork, and hustle by both squads. Myrtle Beach hit the crossbar twice and FC Wichita equally peppered the Myrtle Beach goal only to be stopped by Myrtle Beach keeper Kenny Perkinson time and time again.
In the 57th minute, Juul found Ibarrondo again with yet another perfect pass thus completing a hat trick night with yet another perfect strike.
“We just come out and try to have fun on the pitch,” Juul said.
Myrtle Beach midfielder Ross Henderson was unfortunately issued his second yellow card for a slide tackle and ejected with ten minutes to play after being “Mr. Hussle” all evening.
Both teams continued an impressive barrage but neither could score again as the Myrtle Beach defense anchored by Cameron Burrows, Justin Wolf, Hayden Poell, and Jack Winter denied every attack in the final stanza.
Myrtle Beach moves on to host Chattanooga FC, who defeated Miami Fusion FC 1-0 this evening. Equally impressive as Myrtle Beach’s run to enter the playoffs is that three local players all saw action and played well this evening.
“It was a superb effort by the boys,” Mutiny head coach Tom Morris concluded. “Everyone gave their all and it was a complete team effort.”