Match Review | #FRDvVB
Virginia Beach City FC (0-1-1, 1 pt.) 1 vs. 2 FC Frederick (1-0-0, 3 pts.)
2022 NPSL Regular Season
May 21, 2022 – St. John’s Catholic Prep School – Buckeystown, MD
Virginia Beach City FC and FC Frederick renewed their rivalry on Saturday May 22. The match was played through toasty field conditions with temperatures reaching the upper 90’s, seeing a hydration break in each half. Both teams had their chances over the course of the 90 minutes but ultimately it was Frederick who earned the stoppage time winner late in the match. The highlight for Virginia Beach City FC, however, was the first goal of the Regular Season coming from VB City FC Academy product Ryan Mahon. The team is hoping this goal will trigger momentum going into the rest of the season.
The match which was originally scheduled to be played at 6:30 pm was moved to 2:30 due to a scheduling conflict on the venues part. This saw the guys line up at a time of day when Buckeystown, Maryland was observing peak temperatures during that day. The match was started on time and very quickly FC Frederick’s Short jumped his team out to an early lead slipping the ball in the net at the 3-minute mark. Virginia Beach City FC looked to answer back a few minutes later, combining well in the final third. Virginia Beach City FC newcomer Kyle Usonis took the shot but rocketed just wide. FC Frederick continued to threaten early with a corner kick being served far post but the header narrowly missing the mark. In the 22nd minute, Virginia Beach City FC had an opportunity on goal after being fouled at the top of the box. Wingback Alexander Moody took the freekick, but his well hit shot rocketed over the crossbar as well. Offside was often called in this match as both teams were itching at their opponent’s goal. Usonis was slipped a beautiful chance in on goal but was deemed just a step ahead of the defender. Late into the first, Usonis’ debut continued with him knocking on the door. Moody found Usonis in the box whose subsequent shot was deflected and cleaned up by Frederick’s defense. The first half, however, did not finish without Frederick attempting to extend their lead. The home team was pressing the VB City FC backline late but 2nd year defender Zach Johnson stood in the way of that shot and cleared the ball out of danger.
After the half-time break, Virginia Beach City FC was playing inspired to get back in this match. Veteran Jesse Miralrio took the ball on his own and weaved through defenders pressing the goal. Miralrio looked to get the shot of or find a pass but Frederick’s defense closed down and dispossessed the attack. Just minutes later Virginia Beach City FC sees a break through as Ryan Mahon wound up a shot from 30 yards out and into the back of the net. His shot stayed low all the way and crept under the goalkeepers attempt to block the shot. Mahon’s goal tied the match while earning the first goal for Virginia Beach City FC in 2022, and the first VB City FC Academy Alumni to score for the First Team in the history of the club. After this goal, the match leveled out with no major notes until the final ten minutes of the match. Both teams took note of the dwindling time left in the match and played hard for the win. In the 82nd minute, FC Frederick slipped a ball behind Virginia Beach City FC’s defense creating a breakaway situation. The Frederick player took just too heavy of a touch and VB City FC Goalkeeper Tomi Prizzia jumped on the ball to call the danger quits. As the clock hit 90, it seemed like it would be Virginia Beach City FC who could potentially win if not a tie. Onesime Ngoie played Ryan Mahon through a crowd who copllected the ball one on one with the last defender. The FC Frederick player held up well, forcing Mahon onto his left foot where Mahon blasted a shot just wide and high of the mark, missing the goal to the crowds relief. Then, late in stoppage time, Virginia Beach City FC had the Frederick 18 yard box surrounded. A shot rattled off into the crowd was deflected creating a 50-50 situation. 2nd year Shariff Secka rushed the box getting to the ball first. Secka was kicked and he fell to the ground while Frederick cleared the ball out of danger. Despite shouts from the Virginia Beach City FC side, there was no penalty called. FC Frederick’s Norris was already on the other end with VB City FC newcomer Liam Moore tracking next to him full speed. Just as Moore took a step to block, the shot was off and zipping just under Prizzia’s arms. FC Frederick takes the lead as the whistle blows for the final time. A small shoving match ensued and cleared up by teammates of both sides. Another story in the books for the longest standing rivalry in the NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference has been written. The teams will meet again in Norfolk on June 2nd.
Youngsters Liam Moore, Kyle Usonis, and Arnold Rutkauskas debuted for Virginia Beach City FC.
Rutkauskas joins fellow Academy products Dom Hankle, Joel Albritton, Ryan Mahon, Josh Condit, and Alex Berry in the honors of being Alumni of the club’s youth program to have logged minutes with the First Team.
Usonis, Ngoie, and Rutkauskas are the first high schoolers in the history of the club to field minutes in VB City FC history. Usonis started, Rutkauskas and Ngoie in as a substitutes.
Prizzia, Moore, Bremus, Moody, Secka, and Mahon all put in 90 minutes of play. Bremus, Moody, Secka, and Mahon all on 180 minutes for the season.
Ryan Mahon is crowned Man of the Match having scored the first goal of the season while notching his name as the first Academy Alumni to score for the First Team in history.
Virginia Beach City FC Lineup: Tomas Prizzia, Liam Moore, Zach Johnson (John Waller 73’), Preston Bremus, Alex Moody, Eli Carr (Cooper Sayles 81’), Jesse Miralrio (Onsime Ngoie 68’), Kyle Usonis (Arnold Rutkauskas 89’), Shariff Secka, Tyequis Stallins (Trevor Knight 68’), Ryan Mahon
Unused Substitutes: Cam Khorassani, Zach Jarvis
Manager: Stephane Thys
Assistant: Jimmy McCabe