|South Jersey Soccer:
Match Report - Barons at Cape Cod
Friday, July 15, 2005
By Paul O'Donnell
In the pivotal match of the season the Barons dropped a 4-2 decision to the Crusaders at Hyannis behind 2 more goals and an assist for Andy Metcalf (8G in the last three games). The win clinched a conference playoff spot for Cape Cod who finish out the regular season with two on the road this weekend while the Barons are at home for two.
The match began brightly for Cape Cod and in the 4th minute Metcalf made a nice turn just inside the 18 and his strong shot forced a quality save by Ryan Carr. The move seemed to energize the Crusaders who kept up the pressure but both sides produced dangerous attempts at goal and in the 11th a strong cross from Adam Williamson found Mingo. Mingo's header was deflected off target by a strong challenge from Crusader defender Karim Smith. Cape Cod's back line had a very strong game and left back Ezra Pendergrast added his support in the offensive end throughout the match.
The back and forth action made for an entertaining match through the first 30 minutes but it was Cape Cod that seemed to hold the advantage. Carr made a fine save off a defected shot in the 15th and the response from the Barons lead to a Carmichael attempt that went wide in the 17th. A Kurt Morsink free kick was narrowly wide and found the side netting in the 18th followed by a Barons corner that found Greenawalt whose header was just over the bar in the 21st. In the 24th a Mingo drive was narrowly wide left.
This phase of the match ended in the 29th off a throw-in by P.J. Scheufele found Metcalf unmarked and his header to the top of the net made it 1-0 Cape Cod.
The Barons answer lead to a strong run to the end line by Ryan Heins and his cross found Mingo whose header went well over the bar in the 32nd. A Tony Donatelli shot was deflected by a Crusader defender and Alim Karim made the save in the 33rd. In the 34th another shot by Donatelli was pushed aside by Karim who covered the loose ball just before Mingo could get to it. In the 36th an effort from Heins went wide left and in the 39th Donatelli found Heins again whose cross was just out of the reach of Carmichael as the Barons continued to work for the leveller.
The half would end however with another Metcalf goal in the 45th with the assist coming from Chris Joyce and it was 2-0 Crusaders.
The 2nd half began with a Cape Cod flurry which resulted in an own goal (Thompson) and the scoreline was 3-0 in the 52nd. The strong cross from O'Brien got by Carr and Thompson's diving attempt to stop it from going through to the back post found net.
Two minutes later it would get even worse for the Barons when Metcalf assisted Joyce and it was 4-0 Crusaders.
From this point in the match the Barons began a strong push to get back in it, and they did when Donatelli chipped Karim in the 57th making it 4-1. The everybody up attack minded Barons were exposed in the back of course and Cape Cod nearly added to their advantage in the 67th when Metcalf found Scheufele and Carr had to make back to back saves to hold the scoreline.
In the 85th Donatelli would get another for the Barons and it was now 4-2, and it wasn't over yet. Two minutes later Donatelli was in again and his high shot from in close found side netting. In the 88th a free kick from the boot of Neil Holloway deflected off the cross bar and in the 90th a strong goal bound free kick from Donatelli was tipped over on a nice save by Karim.
With the win Cape Cod goes undefeated on their home turf and will close the regular season on the road at Vermont followed by Ottawa next weekend.
The Barons move on to face Rhode Island for their final road match on the season before returning home for their final two next weekend.