By Central Florida Panthers SC
It was a tale of two halves as the Central Florida Panthers SC fell to Miami United FC 5-1 in league play.
The first half started quickly with Central Florida on their backfoot and Miami’s Bruno Leone Camacho Da Silva scoring off of a corner kick in the third minute. In the 20th minute a nice series of plays from Miami United opened up a channel for Matheus Gotler Bettio to strike. Only one minute later, a defensive turnover provided a 1v1 opportunity with United’s John Mintano Sinisterra bringing the scoreline to 3-0.
Bettio would make it 4-0 one minute before halftime when center back Bruno Camacho Leone Da Silva played a long ball to Bettio beating the offsides trap for another 1v1.
During halftime the Panthers coaching staff emphasized the tactics they have been working on in practice, enabling Central Florida to get more looks on frame and control more of the play.
Striker Alessandro Mazzetta would score a golazo for the Panthers’ first-ever NPSL goal in the 57th minute off an assist by goalkeeper Chris Benitez to make it 4-1. Unfortunately that was short-lived as defender Anthony Aguirre had a poor deflection which went in the back of his own net.
The Panthers still did not give up and kept up with some strong sequences, earning a penalty kick in the 84th minute which was finished. However, defender Toby Jarvis was called for encroaching and the penalty had to be retaken. The second attempt was blocked by Miami United’s goalkeeper to keep the score 5-1.
There was significant improvement in the second half and Central Florida looks to continue building and learning from each opportunity.
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