Early Goals, Strong Defense Propel FC Frederick Past Virginia Beach City FC

FC Frederick posts first shutout since 2022

By FC Frederick

FC Frederick coupled three first-half goals with the team’s first shutout since 2022 for a 3-0 victory over Virginia Beach City FC on Friday night at Warner Stadium.

FC Frederick improved to 3-1, matching the program’s best four-game start (2017) and moving into second place in the NPSL’s Mid-Atlantic Conference.  Virginia Beach City fell to 0-3.

FC Frederick fielded a lineup minus three usual starters, including the program’s all-time leader in appearances who received a last-second invite to The Soccer Tournament.  Despite the change in lineup, those who played delivered.

Tyler Harry, Jonathan Yowell, and Joni Ndrenika scored their first goals of the season, while Michael Dempsey, Kyle Waggoner, and Sean Weiland delivered their first assists of the campaign.

“Tonight was a great team effort by many young players who were given the opportunity to play in the match,” FC Frederick coach Rob Ryerson said.

FC Frederick completely dominated possession in the first half and was rewarded in the 20th minute when Harry one-timed a pass from Dempsey past the Virginia Beach City goalkeeper.

Only nine minutes later, Yowell slid a left-footed shot into the lower right corner for a 2-0 lead. Yowell started the play with a pass into the box to Waggoner. As Waggoner turned, a Virginia Beach City defender poked the ball away, but his clearance attempt went back to Waggoner who played the ball into space and Yowell, continuing his run, found himself behind the defense and calmly finished.

FC Frederick’s first-half domination continued and in the 42nd minute, Ndrenika rose above the defense and headed home a corner kick from Weiland for a commanding 3-0 lead.

“Even though I felt we didn’t have the energy in the first half as I would have liked, it was good to finish our chances, which was one of our keys to the game,” Ryerson said.

FC Frederick outshot Virginia Beach FC 11-3 in the first half.

After that, it was up FC Frederick’s defense to finish out the match.  Ndrenika, Weiland, and Erick Villatoro, three of the team’s starting defenders, played all 90 minutes as the Blue secured its first shutout since beating Grove United on July 9, 2022.

FC Frederick’s starting goalkeeper Noah Kump had six saves in 83 minutes played.  Lucas Ryerson played the final seven minutes in goal without a save for FC Frederick.

FC Frederick returns to action Tuesday against Grove United at Warner Stadium for a 7:00 pm start.

Photo Credit: FC Frederick


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