By Port City FC
In the first matchup of the season between these two teams, Port City FC bested Florida Roots FC on a great night for soccer.
The game started out evenly matched with chances for both teams early on. Port City was looking to dominate possession with Florida Roots trying to catch them on a counter. Early in the first half Port City was awarded a penalty kick. Tom Toulson stepped up to the mark to take the penalty kick. The keeper made a fantastic save for the rebound to drop back to Toulson who missed the second-chance opportunity. Shortly after, Port City would go up on a strike from outside the box from CJ Smith. This seemed to relax the Port City team who was now in complete control of the game dominating possession as well as chances and shortly after the first goal CJ Smith scored his second goal of the night. Port City took the two-goal lead into halftime.
The second half started much like the first half ended with Port City in control of the ball. They were looking to put Florida Roots out of the game by scoring another goal or two, but the Florida Roots defense stood tall in the second half and prevented Port City from furthering their lead. Florida Roots were very physical in the second half and put in several tackles that made the referee make some very tough calls.
One tackle that stood out was when Luiz Quintero was taken down from behind by a Florida Roots player and the referee had to give him the yellow card for a bad tackle. When Port City couldn’t score another goal the game got very tight towards the end of the game. Florida Roots ke[t pushing hard to score a goal to try to get back in the game. They even put the keeper up in the box on several set pieces towards the end of the game to try to get a goal back. However, Port City’s defense stood strong at the end, clearing the ball out of their defensive end time and time again to leave Florida Roots very frustrated with the lack of goals on the night.
Port City is going on the road for two very big games this week, playing Tallahassee on Thursday night and then traveling to Jacksonville for a game Sunday. Hopefully, Port City can keep this winning streak going to try to creep even closer in the playoff race; making the playoffs is the goal for the season. Port City looks forward to the week coming up with two very exciting road games. The wheels are turning.
Photo Credit: Port City FC