Match Recap | #VBvFRD
Virginia Beach City FC (5-1-3, 18 pts.) 2 vs. 1 FC Frederick (3-5-1, 10 pts.)
2022 NPSL Regular Season
July 2, 2022 – Powhatan Field, Norfolk, VA
Virginia Beach City FC now makes it 7 games unbeaten after their 2-1 victory tonight against FC Frederick. Virginia Beach City FC has already clinched their bid into the 2022 NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference playoffs and are now vying for home field advantage. The win currently puts them in place to do so. FC Frederick is still in the hunt for the last slot, competing against First State FC. Tonight’s loss pushes their fate into the final week of the regular season.
The first half, overall, was evenly fought as both sides created attacking opportunities. It was only after the water break in the 30th minute that Virginia Beach started to create more threatening chances. FC Frederick started the events in the 11th minute as they found a smooth through ball past the VB defense; one on one with 2019 NPSL Goalkeeper of the Year, Christian “CJ’ Coulson, but the attack was snuffed out by the long time City netminder. In the 37th minute, Puerto Rican International Eli Carr was looking to inspire his side as he took the ball on his own near the edge of the Virginia Beach final third and took it all the way down to the opposing touchline, beating multiple Frederick defenders in a foot race. In the end, Carr ran out of options as the away team got numbers back in time to snuff out the play. In the end of the first half, Virginia Beach City FC dodged a bullet from a trick freekick. Luckily, the shot swerved away from goal. Coulson was then chose to play short out of the back from the goal kick due to the wind. Capitan Preston Bremus then unleashed a fifty-yard-long ball over the top to the new pacey star Forward Mikael Ndjoli who chipped it over the sliding goalie near the top of the 18 yard box and tucked it away for the easy finish from just 6 yards out. This would give Virginia Beach City FC the 1-0 lead headed into the half.
To start the second half, Academy product Arnold Rutkauskas slid a ball through for leading scorer Sheriff Secka down the right flank. Secka met the ball and took it towards goal and had the shot off but the FC Frederick Goalkeeper came up huge with the point blank save. 17 minutes later, it was Sheriff Secka bagging his 6th goal on the season in the 68th minute of play; it was Rutkauskas and Secka linking up yet again. Rutkauskas’ long ball bent around the last defender perfectly to find Secka charging at goal. No mistaking this time, Secka turned hips toward goal and slotted it near post for the 2-0 lead. At the 74th minute mark, Sheriff Secka found himself on the floor in the Frederick box. Despite appeals from his teammates, no call was awarded. Just a minute later, flipping back to Virginia Beach City FC’s penalty box, Zach Johnson was called for a very comparable foul and FC Frederick was awarded a penalty kick. CJ Coulson guessed the right way but the shot just had so much pace behind it that it was already in before Coulson had a chance to reach for it. The score line found itself at 2-1. Eventually, bad memories of last weekend’s match in which VB City FC conceded a late draw, started to arise for as FC Frederick’s desperation to clinch a playoff spot motivated the travelers to threaten a lot more. Virginia Beach City FC found themselves on their heals for much of the final 15 minutes. Ultimately, VB City FC weathered the storm and made it out with the full three points
CJ Coulson returned to the line-up for the first time since June 18th against First State FC.
Arnold Rutkauskas recorded his first career assist in the NPSL.
New Star Forward Mikael Ndjoli made his home debut in front of the VB City FC faithful.
Sheriff Secka extends his team lead in goals scored with 6 on the year. Secka has 12 goals in 14 career appearances for Virginia Beach City FC.
Coulson, Moody, Johnson, Bremus, Rutkauskas, Barrios-Cristales, Albritton, and Ndjoli all put in 90 minutes of play.