By Michael Heilman/Atlantic City FC
The stage was set. Both Atlantic City FC and FC Motown were gunning for the number one
seed in the Keystone Conference. Atlantic City FC was riding a four-game winning streak
looking for number five.
Atlantic City FC got the upper hand with some early chances to take the lead. However, FC
Motown struck first in the 27 th minute as Matt Nigro rebounded the ball off of Charlie Cunliffe to
send one to the middle of the net to give FC Motown a 1-0 lead. Seven minutes later, Atlantic
City FC striker Michael Bello tied the game up in the 34 th minute off of a corner kick to the lower
left goal post to make it a 1-1 game. This was Bello’s first goal of the season. Atlantic City had
a chance to take the lead nearing halftime when Walter Calderon’s shot bounced off of the lower
right crossbar as the whistle was blown to signal halftime tied 1-1.
Ten minutes into the second half, Mother Nature rolled in and caused a weather delay of over
two hours. When the game resumed, FC Motown had numerous chances to regain the lead only
for the Aces defense to come through. Cunliffe was making great saves throughout the second
The Aces would go on to take the lead in stoppage time when striker Alex Satrustegui sealed the
game with the help from Jacques Francois and Jacob Rubinstein, who positioned himself to
rocket the ball passed FC Motown goalkeeper David Greczek to give the Aces the win 2-1. This
latest goal by Satrustegui gave him seven goals for the season. Satrustegui was also named Man
of the Match.
With this win, the Aces clinch the number one seed in the Keystone Conference and will face the
Philadelphia Lone Star FC in the Keystone Conference semifinals Tuesday night. The Aces
finish the regular season with seven wins, two losses, and one tie.
Photos Courtesy of Atlantic City FC