Albion PROS continue to press forward after a heartbreaking loss on the home turf this Saturday against Orange County FC, with the final score 1-0.
The game started off strong with Albion’s starting lineup of Jean Antoine, Frankie Sanfilippo, Luke Staats, Kuba Waligorski, Alex Torres, Luis Cardona, Sean Callahan, Michael Sauers, Felipe Liborio, Travis Nicklaw, Cameron Roget, and Alex.
Albion kept up the pace with OCFC with the defense putting in some work; the first shot on goal was by Sauers in the 23rd minute, but the OCFC goalkeeper quickly shut it down.
The first card of the game was issued to Sauers in the 30th minute, giving OCFC a corner kick but with no avail.
The back-and-forth play continued, with both teams keeping up the pressure and intensity in the heated game until something snapped.
In the 44th minute one of Albion’s star players, Travis Nicklaw, was issued a red card, a situation that majorly jeopardized the success of the PROS in the match. OCFC’s player Daniel Yo was also out for the rest of the game.
The whistle blew and the first half ended with the score 0-0.
The second half continued and PROS stepped up the game making up for being down a player. However, OCFC proved to take advantage and Staforde Palmer scored the first and only goal of the game in the 52nd minute. Erik Mueller would claim the game’s only assist.
After that the PROS couldn’t quite recover although trying to maintain the same level of intensity and keep up the pressure.
The game took a turn when Antoine stepped out of the goal for a couple minutes and OCFC players noticed, attempting to get a breakaway but failed when Antoine slid tackled the player and was issued the second red card of the game.
Kyle stepped in for Jean and despite being down two players, the PROS did not allow another goal in and kept that fighting spirit till the last minute. When the final whistle blew and the game ended, the scoreboard was flashing 1-0 in favor of OCFC.
With their next home game coming up PROS head coach Ziggy Korytoski plans to maintain the team’s momentum and move past the loss.
“I think at the end of the day it was a tough game but I have full confidence in the guys they work day in and day out and everyone will step in and perform it will just be another good test.”
Albion’s next home game will be against Chula Visit FC on May 10th at 5 pm. Despite the tough loss the PROS will keep their heads up and push through and come out stronger than ever.