By Hershey FC
Hershey FC entered the night still unbeaten. They played Torch FC on a stormy night, and the field was surrounded by dark clouds most of the night. Torch came in with a willingness to fight, and they did just that.
The game started off with both teams testing the defense. Hershey went right after Torch’s center backs, but they were up for it. Torch was shutting down Hershey’s attack before they could get off many good chances.
Torch would then play some probing balls in and found some success on the wings, but neither team had much in terms of opportunities early in the game. It was shaping up to be a fast-paced chess match that would be enjoyed by soccer fans.
After a lot of back-and-forth action, Hershey FC’s Brain San was able to head one home in the 45th minute. It came off of a corner kick from Jason Goldfeder. This continued San’s great season. He has been lights out this season, whether he is scoring goals or fighting for loose balls. Hershey FC took their 1-0 lead into halftime.
The second half was more of the same. With some great action but it didn’t take long for Hershey to strike again. Goldfeder put a ball into the box and Torch FC tried to clear it but they put it right to Luke Johnson who was able to finish it back post. This was another great goal for Hershey FC, putting them up 2-0.
The game settled down a little with both teams having chances. Torch FC had a few off shots off the post but couldn’t break the seal on the Hershey FC goal line. Torch FC’s Aidan Link received a caution in the 60th minute for grabbing a jersey of Hershey FC’s Daniel O’Sullivan. Then in the 70th minute, Torch’s Taylor Dafoe received a caution for a hard tackle. Just a few minutes later the game was suspended because of the weather. The game only had about 17 minutes left, but was on hold for about an hour before it could be resumed.
Torch FC made the best out of this break as they were a different team after the restart. The final 17 minutes was furious. Thirty seconds into the restart, two players ended up colliding heads and gave each other nasty cuts. This started is how the rest of the game would be played. Torch forced their will onto the Hershey defense, and they had a few more chances hit the posts but couldn’t finish it off.
Hershey FC’s Richard Valverde-Gomez was able to put one more away in the 90th minute, giving Hershey the 3-0 lead. Then in the 94th minute, Uhunoma Fredrick-ilekhuoba was cautioned. This pretty much ended the game, extending Hershey FC’s unbeaten streak.
Hershey head coach Rich Bryan shared his thoughts on his team’s performance.
“Good win tonight,” Bryan said. “Pleased with the progress of the team and also to see some players returning from injury to strengthen our depth heading in to the back end of the season. Storm delay made for an interesting 17 minutes but we got through.”
Photo Credit: Hershey FC