By Georgia Revolution FC
LSA started the 2022 campaign strong last week when they defeated 2021 conference runner-up Georgia Storm. The defending conference champions Revolution came into this game hoping to bounce back from their first home game loss in over 1100 days to Appalachian FC.
The game started at a frantic pace with both teams attacking hard in an effort to be the first team on the board. In the eighth minute, an LSA attacker hit a dangerous shot from distance and Revs fan favorite GK Sebastian Doppelhofer made the save, leading to the Uprising to chant “Don’t Hassle to Hof.”
Attacking in waves, the Revs were the first to get on the board when McDonough native and current GA State player Justin Guest scored on an unassisted goal after beating the defense and firing a left-footed goal to the far post from 10 yards out.
LSA continued to attack hoping to even the score but the Revs defense held strong. As the half came to a close with the score 1-0, the game was anyone’s to win.
The second half started much like the first with both teams attacking relentlessly but failing to find the back of the net. LSA keeper Sebastian Farias was forced into action multiple times but the Georgia Gwinnett man held strong until the 60th minute when he saved, but was unable to clear a shot by Callum Schorah. The former AFC Liverpool attacker, known as ‘Score-A,’ made LSA pay when the ball landed at his feet and he buried it from 12 yards out.
For the next 25 minutes, LSA pressed hard. The Revs slowed the game down and both teams committed a succession of fouls.
The most exciting moment of the match was provided by Martin Saucedo. He is the first Revs homegrown player to play in an NPSL match. After a long pass, an LSA defender was unable to handle the ball and Saucedo hit a looping shot with the outside of his right foot from 22 yards out. The ball dropped behind the goalkeeper and landed in the back of the net, putting the game out of reach for LSA. This electrified the Revs faithful who have watched Saucedo come through the team’s youth program and most recently featured for the Revs U23s.
A desperate LSA team began to press with numbers. Gaining possession of the ball, speedy Nate Campbell drove the ball to the backline and made a beautiful cutback pass to Manny Sordi in the box, who slipped the ball into the net in the 89th minute.
The game ended 4-0 with the Revs reminding the conference they are the defending champs and intend to repeat. The Revs next match is against newcomers Apotheos FC in Kennasaw, GA. LSA Athletico Lanier travels to Huntsville to take on North Alabama SC.
Photo Credit: Bree Hicken