By Pensacola FC
A late stoppage time goal from Christian Wnuk grabbed a point for Tallahassee Soccer Club at Ashton Brosnaham Stadium in Pensacola FC’s first-ever NPSL game.
Davi Alves scored PFC’s opening NPSL goal from the penalty spot in the fourth minute after he was brought down in the box by Tallahassee keeper Brandon Krambeck. The lead was short-lived as John Fitzgerald capitalized on a defensive error to tuck away a nice finish just two minutes later.
Both teams enjoyed good spells for the rest of the half with Pensacola moving the ball well and Tallahassee having some dangerous counter attacks. Neither team could break the tie as they headed into the halftime break 1-1.
Pensacola struck first in what would be an action-packed second half, as Ed Chappe forced a good save from Krambeck in the 61st minute that was pounced on by Sebastian Borquez who rifled the ball home past two defenders. Borquez had looked lively all night and the goal was a just reward for his intensity and positive play on the left wing.
Pensacola threatened to put the game out of reach in the 71st minute when they stretched the lead to 3-1 through local product Jayce Dotson’s superb first time finish off a delightful pass from Jordi Ramon who had attacked down the left hand side from the back line.
Tallahassee kept pushing and were rewarded just six minutes later when Cameron Earls forced a mistake from the PFC keeper and picked up the loose ball to slot into an empty net and get his team back into the game.
The last 10 minutes of the game were end to end action with Pensacola having a couple of chances to extend the lead and forcing a couple of corner kicks to keep the pressure on Tallahassee. Both teams picked up cautions as the game neared its conclusion and a resulting free kick from Tallahassee floated into the box in stoppage time. Christian Wnuk rose up above everyone else to get his head to it and directed the ball into the net to tie the game at 3-3. Tallahassee’s Jacob Schmoker received a red card immediately following the goal celebrations.
Both teams come away with a point from a spirited encounter on a beautiful evening in Pensacola that was a good advert for the game and provided the crowd with plenty of excitement.
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