By Mekhai Whitaker
Virginia Beach City FC emerged victorious in a thrilling encounter against FC Frederick, securing their first win of the season in dramatic fashion. The match featured a close battle of great attacking runs early on, setting the stage for an intense and action-packed contest.
Both teams displayed their offensive prowess with end-to-end action keeping spectators on the edge of their seats. However, it was VB City’s Ryan Mahon who broke the deadlock just before halftime, capitalizing on a well-executed corner kick to find the back of the net. The halftime score read 1-0 in favor of VB City, courtesy of Mahon’s clinical finish.
The second half saw the intensity of the game escalate as both teams fought tooth and nail to gain an upper hand. VB City’s Eli Carr came agonizingly close to extending the lead, narrowly missing a chance to the right in the 52nd minute. However, FC Frederick remained resilient and eventually managed to level the score, ensuring a tense and closely contested battle.
With the score knotted at 1-1, tenacity and tough plays defined the late stages of the game as both clubs refused to back down. In a moment of intensity, Josh Condit of VB City received the first yellow card of the match after a tough tackle. The tension escalated further when assistant coach Griffin Bishop was also shown a yellow card.
The resulting penalty kick, a consequence of the preceding events, saw an outstanding save by VB City goalkeeper Jack Desroches who displayed incredible reflexes and agility to deny FC Frederick a late advantage. With less than 10 minutes remaining, the save from Desroches breathed new life into VB City’s aspirations for victory.
As the official time ended, the referees kept time on the pitch, allowing for additional play. Fatigue began to take its toll on the players as they dug deep into their reserves of energy. In the final moments of penalty time, Everett McCloskey, who had been substituted earlier in the half, delivered a remarkable long assist to Condit.
Head coach Jimmy McCabe, recognizing Condit’s versatility and keen soccer skills, decided to deploy him as a forward late in the game. The decision paid off brilliantly as Condit seized the opportunity and scored a magnificent goal in the final seconds of the match. The entire stadium erupted in celebration as VB City FC emerged triumphant with a 2-1 victory over FC Frederick.
The hard-fought win not only marked VB City’s first triumph of the season but also showcased the team’s resilience and determination. The players exhibited unwavering dedication and teamwork throughout the match, leaving fans eagerly anticipating their next performance.
Having enjoyed a day of rest on Saturday, VB City FC now gears up for their upcoming fixture against Northern Virginia United on Sunday.
Photo Credit: Elly Condit