By Central Florida Panthers SC
After a disappointing performance on the road in Miami last week, Central Florida Panthers SC bounced back on the road as they took down Storm FC 5-2 Saturday afternoon.
“With limited training due to weather and our lengthy injury list, the performance today was okay at times,” Panthers head coach Tom Traxler said after the match. “If I’m honest, we were sloppy at times and lacked discipline at times. But on the road, three points are welcome and needed. We need to get back to work and hopefully, our injured players are getting back to fitness and we will round into form at the right time. We still have yet to name an unchanged starting 11. So if we can start to find that consistency, we should be ready for an exciting finish.”
The Panthers were the team on the board first in the 18th minute when 18-year-old Charles Ahl scored off the assist from future Stetson teammate Steele Norton. CFSC would double their lead almost 15 minutes later when Cole Cecconi scored his first of two on the afternoon thanks to a ball from center back Branton Saunders.
The visitors would take that 2-0 lead into the locker room, but the second half would see five more goals added on between the two teams. Storm FC would pull one back early in the half, but the Panthers would answer right back thanks to Steele Norton scoring a goal of his own, which George New provided the assist on.
Storm FC wouldn’t go away quietly as they scored again just minutes later to pull it back to a one-goal game but substitute Rodolfo Alvarez scored his second of the season in the 65th minute to restore the team’s two-goal cushion. On Alvarez’s goal, Charles Ahl would pick up the assist.
The Panthers would not look back from there as less than 10 minutes later, Cecconi would notch his brace in the 73rd minute, while Ahl would pick up his second assist of the match. The goal from Cecconi puts him in the lead for goals on the season for the Panthers with four.
That scoreline would hold from there as CFSC saw out the result away from home for their third win of the season.
The Panthers’ next match is their final regular-season home match of the season as they host Naples United FC on Saturday, June 26th, with tickets starting at just $8.
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