By Greenville United
Both teams played to their strengths in the opening minutes of the match. There was passive ball movement from both teams. Neither side was able to find the pockets, turning away possession in each attempt. Following the water break, both teams began to find space. A series of passes led to a through ball to Virginia Beach right winger Alexander Moody. However, his low shot across the box was saved by goalkeeper Sorren Russel with the tip of his fingers.
Virginia Beach would continue pushing the attack for the remainder of the half, but halftime came with a 0-0 scoreline.
The second half began like the second half ended with Virginia Beach pushing the attack, finding a few shots in the opening 20 minutes that Russel was able to deny. In the 68th minute, midfielder Johnny Makoko received the ball at the top of the box. After a calm first touch, the Virginia Beach City defense allowed too much space, giving Makoko time to fire a curling effort into the top right corner of the net. Greenville United now had a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, another string of passes allowed Greenville to get to the top right corner of the box. A shot was fired by Cameron Fowler, and the rebound was picked up by Kimito Fritz for Greenville United’s second goal of the match.
In the 90th minute, Virginia Beach found space yet again on the right flank, but this time Moody fired near post, and it deflected off Russel’s hand to bring the score to 2-1.
Greenville United would find a second burst of energy to finish out the game. This led to a through ball to Giancarlo Dostilio, but he was taken down by a Virginia Beach defender inside the box. The penalty kick was taken by Dostilio, and he placed it in the bottom right corner to give Greenville United the 3-1 win.
Photo Credit: Robby Sheets