Virginia Beach City FC Falls in Home-Opener to FC Baltimore
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA (May 19, 2018) – Virginia Beach City FC played their season-opener in front of a stellar crowd at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex on Saturday night but fell to FC Baltimore 5-2.
Trevor Knight starred for VBC, scoring his team’s first goal of the night in the 16th minute. Knight headed home the goal on an assist from Sebastian Refi, giving VBC a 1-0 advantage.
“They had a lot of possession in the first half so it was great to get that goal. Hoped it would spark a little momentum for us, but we just struggled in the midfield a little bit,” said head coach Brian Hinkey.
Saturday sparked another solid performance for Refi, who assisted on Knight’s goal. Refi scored two goals vs. Legacy 76 in VBC’s season-opener and has been in great form to start the 2018 season.
“He’s come in fit, he’s come in ready. He’s hungry,” Hinkey said. “He’s been a really good player for us.”
Unfortunately, FC Baltimore ended the first half on a hot streak. FCB added two goals in the final minutes, the second of which gave them the lead. FCB’s Grant Robinson scored on an assist from Benjamin Dao in stoppage time, and VBC was unable to regain the lead.
FC Baltimore padded the lead in the second half, with Tre Pulliam and Avionne Flanagan both scoring to give FCB a 4-1 lead. Virginia Beach City FC wouldn’t go down without a fight however, as VBC’s Tye Stallins scored on a Denis Roule assist to cut the deficit to two goals.
VBC had multiple opportunities down the stretch to close the gap but failed to do so. Virginia Beach City FC held possession in the attacking third and after failing to score on a few shots, FC Baltimore countered for a breakaway goal as Joshua Fawole scored his squad’s fifth goal of the night.
“In the second half, I thought we played better,” Hinkey said. “I thought we had a majority of the possession. We had to push forward and try to even things out. We just got caught on the breaks and had some bad giveaways in the midfield. They’re a good counter-attacking team and we can’t afford to make those mistakes. That was our Achilles heel tonight — bad giveaways in the midfield that they were able to turn into counter attacks.”
Virginia Beach City FC (1-1) will look to rebound next week as the team travels to Thomas Athletic Field to take on FC Frederick on May 27. The match will start at 5 p.m.
“I think the biggest thing is just to maintain an even mentality,” Hinkey said. “You’re going to take some losses, you’re going to take some lumps in the game. We’re just going to work on it and solve problems and get ready for the next match.”