NFPL Matchweek 6 Review
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Grand Rapids OLé 5-3 Futsal Factory Academy
Columbus Futsal 3-3 GInga FUTSAL
Grand Rapids OLé 9-1 Futsal Factory Academy
Saturday night's doubleheader in Grand Rapids didn't end well for the visiting Futsal Factory Academy. A brutal 9-1 loss gave Grand Rapids OLé a commanding position in the NFPL Great Lakes and bragging rights in Michigan after they took all 6 points from the two fixtures this season.
Despite the scoreline, the first half was very evenly played. 8 scoreless opening minutes were shattered with a classic OLé set piece goal, with Daniel Diaz blocking, Adrian Diaz passing, and Jeo Garcia finishing past Damron in goal for the 1-0 lead. Moments later, the lead was doubled. The OLé high press resulted in a giveaway that Adrian Diaz finished calmly past Damron.
With under 6 to play, FFA would get their first. A corner kick from Gustavo Lira was trapped and turned brilliantly by Thomas Dono to finish from close range. Unfortunately for the visitors, the production ended there and it was 2-1 at the half in favor of Grand Rapids OLé.
Johan Vazquez got on the scoreboard early in the second half after a bad turnover. A Damron injury stopped play for several minutes in the 13th minute and unfortunately it was the catalyst that turned the game for the visitors.
Although they had a field player in goal, it's unclear whether Damron could have stopped a goal-of-the-month contender from Sammy Esquivel. He deleted his defender before smashing magnificently into the top right corner with his left foot to take a 4-1 lead.
The fifth goal put FFA heads down for good as Adrian Diaz scored his second of the night from close range. As FFA flew the keeper to try to get back into it, Alexis Mendez took advantage of the empty net and scored to make it 6-1. Moments later, FFA got caught subbing their keeper and Jeo Garcia got his second of the night, scooping it in from half field on an empty goal.
Esquivel was played in behind and his first volley was well-saved before he cleaned up the rebound to make it 8 before a counterattack with under a minute to play found Gabe Villagomez alone at the near post to finish calmly.
All-in-all, a horrible night for Futsal Factory Academy and a fantastic night for Grand Rapids OLé.
Cadence SFC 12-2 Futsal Indy
With both teams sitting winless and bottom of the NFPL Midwest, some goals and 3 points were in desperate need. Unfortunately for Futsal Indy, they found themselves under pressure from the jump to a young, deep Cadence SFC lineup that looked ready to play.
The home side jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, with Edrick Padilla scoring unassisted. Futsal Indy didn't roll over immediately and the first half was a busy, competitive affair. However, an Ignacio Ciotta goal assisted by Matthew Szklarz after the 9 minute mark set the tone for a long night ahead. A few minutes later, it was 3-0, with Padilla again scoring unassisted.
Cadence would take a 4-0 lead into the half with a Fitzgerald tap in at the back post on a counterattack assisted by Almeida. With a 4-0 lead going into halftime, all was not lost for Futsal Indy but they hadn't done enough to make it seem like it could become a game again.
3 goals in the opening 5 minutes of the second half really sealed the game. A giveaway three feet from their own goal presented Fernandes with an easy goal to go up 5-0. Fernandes would get a second goal moments later, running the length of the court before finishing past the Indy goalkeeper. Finally, a 2-on-0 attack gave Ciotta his second of the night with a back post tap-in.
Futsal Indy would get on the scoreboard through a set piece: Denis Sikabwe found Ujasiri Sikabwe open for a nice left-footed finish into the far corner. It wouldn't stop the Cadence rhythm though, as they found two quick goals just minutes later.
Padilla scored his third of the night off a dreadful giveaway from the Futsal Indy keeper, assisted by Fernandes, and then Padilla assisted Aguilar with an easy tap in open at the back post for goal number 9.
Padilla would score two more to bring his tally to 5 goals on the night, with assists coming from Ciotta and Ignotta. Fitzgerald would add the 12th goal before Samsoni Sikabwe scored a second goal with a few minutes remaining for Futsal Indy, a nice left-footed finish into the roof of the net.
For Cadence, it's good to finally get off the mark - for Futsal Indy, this horrorshow of a season has reached it's midway point and things look grim.
Colorado Futsal Academy 2-2 Brusa FC
Colorado Futsal Academy hosted Brusa FC in the debut game of the NFPL Southwest Conference. After a scoreless opening few minutes, it was the visitors that would break the deadlock, with Christian Lima scoring the first goal in NFPL Southwest history!
The 1-0 lead at halftime showed how tightly contested this game was. It was competitive, physical, and scrappy at times, with neither side willing to budge. However, the second half was fantastic. CFA evened the game up after nearly 7 minutes played, with Diego Galan scoring the first Colorado Futsal Academy goal in the NFPL.
The tight game continued until with under 5 minutes to play Jorge Castellanos scored for the home side, taking a 2-1 lead! It looked like they just might hold on to all 3 points, but Lima scored his second of the night with 9 seconds left in the clock!
It ended 2-2, with both teams deservedly taking a point from the match.