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Virginia Beach City FC (1-1-1, 4 pts.) 2 vs. 0 Grove United (0-2-0, 0 pts.)
2022 NPSL Regular Season
May 28, 2022 – City Stadium – Richmond, VA
Virginia Beach City FC and Grove United launched their new rivalry on Saturday May 28th. The match was played at historic City Stadium in Richmond, VA; home of the storied USL League One club Richmond Kickers. Grove and VB City FC both had their chances over the course of the 90 minutes but ultimately it was Virginia Beach City FC who grabbed two late winners for the full three points towards the standings.
“We were excited for the week, playing in Richmond’s City Stadium on a natural grass field; different from playing on turf fields. Walking in, the guys were excited for the atmosphere, a new opponent in Grove, being our closest rival, the boys were pumped especially coming off the loss a week prior,” recounted Virginia Beach City FC Assistant Coach Jimmy McCabe.
Virginia beach City FC was presented with a tactical dual for most of the match as both teams spent much of the first half feeling each other out; trying to decide the best plan for attack.
“I thought we started off a little bit slower than we wanted to. We were trying to figure them out in the beginning; sort of getting the idea of being on grass, a new opponent and not really being sure of their style of play, and building off the issues we’ve been having in not creating enough chances,” McCabe explained.
“But as the game got going, we started creating chances and the confidence started to grow with in the boys, we started possessing the ball a little bit more, little less frantic, and the chances started to come.”
Just two minutes after entering the match as a Forward, normally a Defender, Joshua Condit found the back of the net for his boys in the 86th minute of play; the first lead this roster has enjoyed this season.
“When we brought Josh into the First Team, we knew that primarily he was going to play for us as a Center-back,” Coach McCabe explained.
“But we also knew with him having been a youth academy product, we knew he had the ability to play as a Striker. That day on the bench, he was our biggest target type player and would at least be able to win a couple of headers and force some difficult decisions for their defense. Obviously when he went on, I think his first touch on the ball was the deflection that went ahead and gave us the lead.”
Then, four minutes after the initial goal, Condit went ahead and doubled his tally scoring yet another goal; eventually proving the match winner after a few minutes of stoppage time.
“He played just six minutes and got two goals. It’s just one of those things of him being a youth product and having that little extra bit of trust from the coaching staff.”
Coming on as a sub, Cameron Khorassani made his debut for Virginia Beach City FC three matches into the year.
Though he didn’t enter the match, Tucker Leverone rejoins the club after making his VB City FC debut last season.
Ethan Clark made his debut with the club with a start. Clark is a Midfielder playing for Virginia Wesleyan.
Coulson, Carr, Bremus, Johnson, Waller, Clark, Albritton, and Mahon all put in 90 minutes of play. Bremus and Mahon are both on 270 minutes for the season.
Josh Condit is crowned Man of the Match for scoring not only his first goal of the season in a win but also doubling up and getting his second in one match. This makes two weeks in a row with VB City FC Academy Alumni scoring AND earning Man of the Match honors.
Virginia Beach City FC Lineup: CJ Coulson, Eli Carr, Zach Johnson, Preston Bremus, John Waller, Ethan Clark, Shariff Secka (Cam Khorassani 90’+), Joel Albritton, Trevor Knight (Arnold Rutkauskas 77’), Tyequis Stallins (Josh Condit 84’), Ryan Mahon
Unused Substitutes: Tomas Prizzia, Zach Jarvis, Tucker Leverone, Cooper Sayles
Manager: Stephane Thys
Assistant: Jimmy McCabe
Virginia Beach City FC now enters the week planning to host the same Grove United club the team faced last weekend. This is Virginia Beach City FC’s first return home in two weeks since week one’s draw to Alexandria Reds. Playing the same club twice in two weeks presents the same challenges as any other match; how do we get better from the week before?
“The goal this week is to build on last week. Can we be a little more creative? Can we start the match with the confidence to keep possession? Can we create things a bit earlier? Can we protect ourselves defensively and prevent defensive mistakes,” McCabe philosophized.
With it having been a while since the last time VB City FC have touched home turf, the club is counting on the fans to come and support the guys on to victory. From the youth perspective of the club, there’s some new additions who now can take advantage the unique experience of being part of the VB City FC family.
“Hopefully it will be a big weekend for us,” McCabe exclaimed.
“We just finished tryouts for the youth program so a whole bunch of the kids who are new will be coming out to be part of the VB City FC family and the experience. I know the high school soccer season is ending so they’re all inspired. It’s the week before graduation so I know most everybody is still in town. Hopefully they have Powhatan packed and we can show everybody the crowd we can create.”
Fans not in attendance for this weeks match at home can follow the events on the team’s live stream on elevensports.com. Twitter will also be the hub for live play by play updates as the match ensues.