It was a warm and misty Saturday night at Reese Stadium on the campus of Yale University. Greater Lowell seemed strong at the start of the rematch, despite an earlier 2-0 loss to opponent Elm City back in May. The showing lasted 20 minutes. An Elm City defender committed a foul wide right of the GL penalty area. Fortunately for them, Elm City hit the free kick low across the top of the six-yard box. The initial shot was blocked but the ball wasn’t cleared. The always present Tavoy Morgan hit the ball on a volley and beat the keeper near post from about eight yards out.
From that point on Elm City controlled the match. Scoring again off of a similar situation that was headed in to the back of the net, again by Morgan who scored in the 28th and 33rd minute of the first half, with assists from Lucas Gabriel and Christian Hernandez. Elm City scored a third goal before the half ended. It was off another cross that was headed home by Lucas Gabriel after deflecting off of the head of a GL defender. That was another assist for Hernandez.
The second half was a continuation of the goal scoring frenzy. Right out of the gate Elm City set the tempo and Lowell was not able to match it.
Seven minutes into the half Elm City struck again, Morgan struck again and took a touch into the Lowell penalty area. Goalkeeper Cooper Hall came off his line and made the initial save. The ball deflected off the goalkeeper across the goal to towards Morgan who struck again. He slotted the ball in between two GL defenders, and into the back of the net for his hat trick. But he was not finished yet.
In the 80th minute, Elm City’s scored a fifth time, sending a ball through the GL defense to Morgan who slotted the ball towards the back post as Hall charged out of his box and slid in late to contest the shot. He drew a yellow for the late tackle and the goal stood.
Lowell created a few chances late in the game, earning a few corners and e a free kick around the Elm City penalty area but was held to just one shot in the contest. Elm City ended the game with 13 shots on goal and five corner kicks, forcing the Lowell goalkeeper to make seven saves.
Lowell is still looking to bounce back against the Brooklyn Italians Saturday June 24th.