On Tuesday, The Quack Attack took on Mad Lads United. Both teams were 2-1 heading into the game, and with Bulldogs’ defeat over The Roos, a share of the top of the standings was on the line.
After a couple of shots on target from both sides, Mad Lads United attacker Lucas Metzger scored the game’s first goal with 23:19 left in the first half. After that goal was given up, The Quack Attack adjusted their strategy to always keep a defender behind the halfway line. With 19:42 left, The Quack Attack were awarded a penalty. Scott Panullo converted the penalty to even the score at one a piece. With 15:14 left in the first half, The Quack Attack defender Adam Bir made a great goal line clearance which saved a goal. With 13:30 left in the half, Niko Kotzambasis scored his first of the night to give Mad Lads United a 2-1 lead.
Up until that point, Mad Lads United had been dominating the game in terms of possession and shots on target, but after Kotzambasis’ goal, The Quack Attack got more aggressive offensively adding three shots on target within the span of two minutes. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off. After another five minutes of classic Epic Center soccer, Metzger scored his second of the night on a low driven shot with 4:37 left in the half to make it 3-1 in favor of Mad Lads Untied. The score held into halftime.
At halftime the shots on target were 7-4 in favor of Mad Lads United. Towards the end of the first half, both teams got tired quicker than teams usually do. This can be attributed to the temperature inside Open Field 1, where every Tuesday Men’s Soccer game is played. Substitutes were made more and more by each team as the game wore on.
The second half started out hot. Mad Lads United attacker Ostap Tkalich scored right of the opening kickoff to make it 4-1 in favor of Mad Lads United. On the ensuing kickoff, The Quack Attack went down the field and earned a corner. Zach Jividen scored a header off of the corner kick to make it 4-2 with 22:11 left in the game. After about six minutes of evenly played soccer, Kotzambasis scored his second of the game. He scored on a half-volley kick from just outside the 18-yard box. The ball came off of his foot faster than a bullet out of a pistol.
Five minutes later, Metzger scored his third goal of the night to earn a hat trick. Metzger’s goal put Mad Lads United ahead by a score of 6-2 with 11:10 left in the game. It was assisted by Tkalich who put his opposing defender in a blender before setting up Metzger for the goal. After that point, each team added a couple more shots a piece, but the energy that the game provided had died. It could be attributed to the lack of backups each team had in reserve, the temperature, or simply because either team couldn’t convert any chance they created.
Final Score: Mad Lads United 6 The Quack Attack 2
There will be no Game of the Week next week. I plan on covering a Tuesday Roller Hockey game for the next installment of the Game of the Week.
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