Knight Scores Third Goal of Season as Virginia Beach City FC Defeats Charlottesville Alliance FC 2-0
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA (June 1, 2018) — Virginia Beach City FC got back to their winning ways on Friday night, shutting out Charlottesville Alliance FC 2-0 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
As good as it looked on the scoreboard, VB City FC head coach Brian Hinkey is still looking for more from his players.
“It’s good to get three points at home. I think that’s a big three,” Hinkey said. “Seven points in four games, so we’re sitting in a better position and I feel a little bit better about that. But I still think — I don’t think we’re playing very well.
“It’s a win, you’re happy with three points but it’s very unsatisfying at the same time.”
The VB City FC defense held strong all night long while the offense took advantage of mistakes. VB City FC and Charlottesville Alliance FC fought tooth and nail in the first half and were deadlocked after 45 minutes. However, VB City FC would break through in stoppage time as Tye Stallins, who relieved Denis Roule in the 37th minute, had his shot deflected by Charlottesville Alliance’s Fernando Casero into the goal.
Casero was credited with an own goal, giving VB City FC a 1-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Virginia Beach City FC struck again right after the break as sub Trevor Knight scored on an assist from Stallins. The goal was Knight’s third goal of the season, the most on the team.
“Obviously he’s got a lot of pace,” Hinkey said of Knight. “He’s able to cause a lot of issues. He’s very busy. The finish he had tonight was class. It was a good finish. If he can get himself in good positions and continue to be dangerous and continue to finish like that, I think he’s doing well.”
VB City FC’s defense continued to stifle Charlottesville Alliance in the second half, despite allowing some shots. Christian Coulson was credited with four saves on 10 shots.
“Defensively, we’ve got to be cleaner,” Hinkey said. “In transition, we’ve got to be better at holding possession and be able to clear our lines a little bit and possess in their defensive third of the field.”
Virginia Beach City FC’s busy weekend continues Sunday, as the boys will host DC United’s U-23 team for a friendly at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. The friendly is part of VB City FC’s partnership with DC United, which strengthens both clubs in various ways. Hinkey is hoping to use the match as an opportunity to solve some problems his team faces, as well as an opportunity to get his men noticed by DC United’s staff.
“Obviously being partnered with them is big for our players, whether it’s the youth academy or this team. ‘Hey, it’s an opportunity for you to be seen by DC United.’ They’re going to be here, their coaches, their staff is going to be here,” Hinkey said. “Can you perform and catch their eye? I think for our guys, that’s the opportunity that’s ahead of them and I think for us, it’ll be a good match.
“It doesn’t count in the standings so it’s a little bit less pressure, so I can try some different things and try to work on some components of our game that we need work on and not have to worry about the results so much.”
The two squads will play at 7 p.m. on Sunday and fans can buy tickets HERE.