Development Academy Resumes In Northeast

Connecticut’s Oakwood SC U17/18 squad took the pitch in the US Development Academy for the first time since last month’s Winter Showcase, losing 3-0 to first-place and undefeated BW Gottshee (New York) last weekend.

Oakwood entered the game tied for third place in the Northeast Conference with a record of 1-1-0, after splitting two games at the showcasein Frisco, Texas.

Gottschee opened the scoring in the 26th minute, when Steven Brossard found Quintel Gates in the box for his first goal of the season. Five minutes later, Josh Haberman extended Gottschee’s lead when he recovered the ball from a scramble in the box to unleash a 10-yard shot that found the back of the net. In the 39th minute, Gottschee’s midfield pairing of Greg Mallia and Rich Heredia maintained possession before springing Gates on a through ball for his second goal of the game.

Anchored by Alex George, Tyler Kahn, Mauricio Mora and Kevin Garcia, Gottschee’s defense picked up its third consecutive shutout and dropped its goals-against average to 0.25 goals per game. Nick Costa and Shane Wend split time in goal for the win.

“I am blessed with a strong team that controls the pace of the game well,” said B/W Gottschee head coach John Sprague. “Our lineup likes to create lots of space on the field and teams have trouble defending that. We worked hard this game and our plan worked well.”

Gottschee (3-0-1) will play their first home game next weekend when they host cross-town rival Met Oval (1-2-1), while Oakwood (1-2-0) will look to rebound against New Hampshire’s Seacoast United (1-3-0), which lost to Met Oval and FC Westchester by 1-0 scores last weekend.

In U-15/16 action, PDA (Zaraphath, N.J.) traveled up I-95 to face Mid-Atlantic Conference rival the New York Red Bulls (Secaucus, N.J.). PDA came into the weekend in second place of the Mid-Atlantic Conference with a 2-1-0 record, while the New York Red Bulls sat in the middle of the table with a record of 1-2-0.

PDA relied on their opportunistic goal-scoring and strong defense to secure their third Academy victory of the young season. The Red Bulls did well to keep the majority of possession and limit PDA to only a handful of chances throughout the game. After a scoreless 15 minutes, Dylan Renna made the most of one of his few opportunities in this game, scoring his third goal for PDA in four Academy games. Despite the Red Bulls ability to keep possession and create chances of their own, PDA finished off the match when second half substitute, Jordan Beckett scored his first goal of the season in the 65th minute.

“It was the day where you tried your hardest to get the result,” said U-15/16 PDA head coach John Murphy, who commended his team’s effort to earn a result despite the difficult conditions. “It wasn’t pretty but we got the job done. Playing a local team that is considered a rival, we are happy with our result and fought hard to win.”

The Red Bulls managed to create a number of opportunities, but were unable to find the net against PDA’s defensive unit. PDA Goalkeeper Rafael Diaz led the charge with two saves, earning his first shutout of the season and dropping his goal’s against average to 0.75 goals per game.

Despite the unfavorable result, New York Red Bull coach Antonio Meza kept the result in perspective. “We have a very young group and every week we continue to do well and develop,” Meza said. “We created numerous chances for goals and could not capitalize.”

The Red Bulls (1-3-0) will look to end their three game losing streak when they travel to Maryland to face Potomac FC (0-3-1) next Sunday.

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