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Nov. 11, 2018 -- What a difference a day makes. Playing with an enthusiasm previously unknown to mankind, the Flash came out strong with two victories Sunday, 4-0 over the Rose Tree SC Thunder and 2-1 against the Coventry SA Sharks.
After a lackluster effort Saturday in a loss to Lower Merion, Methacton United was back in action with a doubleheader on the turf at the Proving Grounds in Conshohocken. And prove themselves is exactly what the Flash did.
Against Rose Tree SC, the Flash got on the board first with some smart passing. Colin started the play with a pass to Brendan on the outside. Brendan moved the ball to Tyler in the corner, who crossed to Kenny. Kenny’s initial shot hit the goalie, and he knocked in the rebound.
Later in the first half, Jaxon made an awesome leaping save to rob Rose Tree of a certain goal and maintain the shutout.
The Flash got their second goal early in the second half when Chase made a sweet pass up the wing to Tyler, who fired a shot that banked in off a defender. Kenny tallied his second goal of the game in the 52nd minute, with a rocket shot off a pass from Cody. Later, Cody nearly had a goal of his own as his hard shot just missed.
Brendan completed the scoring for the Flash on a breakaway, as he played the ball upfield, outraced a defender, and slid the ball under the goalie and into the corner of the net.
Colin was flying around the turf all day, including racing back toward the Flash goal from midfield to deny a Rose Tree breakaway. Jaxon and Aidan combined for the clean sheet for the Flash.
In the second game, the Flash scored first once again, as Charlie collected a corner kick from Colin at the top of the 18 and lofted a shot over the Coventry goalie’s head.
The Flash escaped to halftime with the 1-0 lead, surviving an offensive onslaught from Coventry and at one point denying five consecutive corner kicks.
As Coventry continued the attack early in the second half, Aidan made an incredible, game-saving, diving stop on a 1-on-none breakaway. If not for that save, the Flash may have had to settle for a tie.
Coventry briefly evened the score at 1-1, but the Flash took the lead right back. Avinash took a throw-in from Tyler and put a shot on goal. With Brendan and Jaxon crashing the net, it was Brendan who banged home the rebound to put Methacton United up 2-1. After peppering the Rose Tree goalie with numerous shots in the first game, Tyler nearly added a goal against Coventry with a strong shot that went just wide.
Grayson, Connor and Joey anchored the defense in both games and played a big role in the wins. Sometimes it’s not glamorous, but it takes a full team effort to win on the pitch, and the Flash’s defense got the job done today.
The wins evened the Flash’s Central league record at 3-3-1. Interestingly, the Flash are particularly unstoppable when they play more then one game in a day. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Flash improved to 7-2-0 when they play multiple games on the same day.
Nov. 10, 2018 -- Well, at least it didn't rain.
Oct. 20, 2018 -- In a very evenly-matched contest, the Liverpool FC Reds snuck past the Methacton United Flash, 1-0 at Delco Christian Elementary School. The game was scoreless at halftime, and Liverpool tallied with four minutes left in the game to steal the win from the jaws of a tie.
The Flash controlled play in the first half but weren't able to get on the scoreboard. Their best chance came when Kenny hit a penalty kick off the crossbar, and Avinash put in the rebound. However, the Flash were ruled offsides on the play. In the second half, it was the Flash who benefited from an offsides call, which negated a would-be Liverpool goal. Charlie and Aidan played well in goal for the Flash, with each netminder making multiple saves.
The Flash will look to rebound next weekend in games Saturday and Sunday at Heebner Park, where they are undefeated.
Tim O'Donnell contributed to this article.
Oct. 14, 2018 -- The Flash's home opener was delayed until mid-October due to rain, but it was worth the wait as they scored a 2-1 victory over Phoenixville at Heebner Park. Wearing pink jerseys in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Flash claimed their first Central League win and improved their record to 1-2-1.
Tyler put Methacton United on top with the game's first goal at the 12-minute mark of the first half. He won a loose ball outside the penalty box and drilled a shot that got through the goalie. Phoenixville recovered from a flat start and turned up its attack as the first half progressed, tying the game in the 20th minute. The Flash got strong offensive support from Colin, who frequently joined the attack from his center defense position. Connor also stood out on the defensive end, stopping repeated Phoenixville attacks with calm, steady play.
The Flash got the eventual game-winner midway through the second half. Brendan controlled the ball on the left side and centered to Kenny. Kenny quickly worked it out wide to Tyler, who buried his second goal of the game. However, the excitement didn't stop there. The Flash had to survive a penalty kick with eight minutes to go, as Phoenixville clanged the shot off the crossbar. Aidan made several good stops in net in the second half to preserve the win.
And it was, clearly, the best officiated game of the season.
Oct. 7, 2018 -- The Flash continued their strong play during the second day of the Jack Walsh Tournament, winning their group and advancing to the semifinals.
The Flash completed an undefeated sweep through their bracket with a 5-0 win over the Lower Merion Rams in the morning session. Grayson got the scoring barrage underway by corralling a loose ball in front of the net and knocking in a goal four minutes into the game. After sustained pressure and a near miss by Connor, Cody followed up his own shot and slammed home the rebound. Minutes later, Jaxon one-timed a corner kick from Tyler to put the Flash up 3-0. In the second half, Charlie played a high ball into the box and Jaxon roofed it under the crossbar for another goal. Some hard work by Chase and Avinash on the attack eventually led to Jack getting the ball behind the defense. He hit a strong shot past the goalie for the Flash's final goal of the game. On the defensive side of the ball, Jack and Aidan combined for the shutout in net.
The Flash ended group play tied for the most goals (9) of any team in their division, while only allowing one goal. There were 14 teams in the Flash's division, and the Flash were one of only four teams to advance to the semifinals.
In the semis, the Flash faced a very strong Deep Run team. Coming into the matchup, Deep Run had not allowed a goal the entire tournament. The Flash would soon put an end to that streak. Deep Run went on the attack early, controlling the ball in the Methacton United end and scoring off a corner kick at the 13-minute mark. But the Flash did not wilt under the pressure. Grayson, Joey and Brendan locked down the back line on defense, stopping repeated attacks by Deep Run. The Flash responded just six minutes later, as Cody made a nice run up the left side. His well-timed cross found Aidan, who lofted a one-timer over the Deep Run goalie to tie the game at 1-1 and swing the momentum back to Methacton United. You just don't see prettier goals in 10-year-old soccer. The teams traded chances and stops for the rest of the half, but the score remained 1-1 at halftime.
As the sun came out and the temperature hit 80 degrees in the second half, the Flash fought through the heat and battled Deep Run for another 25 minutes of physical soccer. Colin, Tyler and Cody contested every ball in the middle of the field and worked tirelessly to move the ball into the offensive zone. With the score still knotted 1-1 at the end of regulation, the game went to a 10-minute sudden death overtime period. The Flash fought off a few early chances by Deep Run, but ultimately Deep Run found the back of the net for the win. Deep Run went on to win the championship, providing more proof that the Flash faced some of the toughest competition in the tournament.
"I'm so proud of how much every player has improved so far this season," said Methacton United coach Colleen Wolf. "When I think back to our first practices of the summer and look at how well we played this weekend, everyone has gotten stronger and we're really beginning to gel as a team."
Oct. 6, 2018 -- As the calendar turned to October, the rejuvenated Flash put a frustrating end of September behind them and notched two wins on the opening day of the Jack Walsh Tournament.
The Flash came out flying in game one, controlling play for most of the contest en route to a 7-1 win over the Whitpain Wolverines. The Flash got back-to-back goals from Brendan along with one from Tyler to take a 3-0 lead within the first six minutes of action. Jack and Kenny also tallied for the Flash, and Whitpain got on the board just before halftime to make it 5-1. In the second half, Aidan intercepted a goal kick and buried the shot to extend the Flash's lead. An unselfish play and pretty pass from Avinash set up Tyler for the game's final goal.
In the second game of the tourney, the Flash played their best game of the season thus far in a thrilling 1-0 victory against a talented PA Rush White squad. It was a complete team effort by the Flash on both sides of the ball, with every single player contributing to the win. Charlie was strong in net to record the clean sheet, including numerous saves on corner kicks. After a scoreless first half that featured multiple chances at both ends, a throw-in from Aidan and bicycle kick by Colin got Cody the ball in space on the left side. Cody dribbled in and fired a shot past the PA Rush goalie to give the Flash the advantage three minutes into the second half. Instead of sitting back and being content with the lead, the Flash kept up the attack. Brendan nearly gave the Flash their second goal with a shot off the crossbar, Jaxon had a chance in front of the net, and Kenny got free on a breakaway near the end of the game. PA Rush fought hard to the end, but the Flash defense held strong to close out the game and preserve the win.
Everyone on the Flash had a role in both wins. Grayson and Joey anchored the defense and stymied numerous attacks. Colin, Connor, Avinash, Aidan and Chase controlled play in the midfield on both sides of the ball. Tyler, Brendan, Cody and Kenny were relentless on the attack. And Charlie, Jaxon and Jack stood tall in net. The Flash have their final game of group play Sunday at 10 am against Lower Merion, with a chance to capture their group and advance to the semifinals.
Sept. 30, 2018 -- With just two practices in the past 24 days, you could forgive the Flash if they'd forgotten what a soccer ball looked like. Forced from their home field after one of the wettest Septembers on record, they traveled south to face a tough Nether United FC Black team Sunday.
The Flash trailed 1-0 after a back-and-forth first half, with Nether United getting the majority of quality scoring chances. Connor and Brendan both made goal-saving defensive plays to keep the score close. Some lackluster play to open the second half led to a pair of goals by Nether United. The Flash rallied with some offensive pressure late, but ultimately fell 4-0.
The Flash will look to put this game behind them as they head to the Jack Walsh Tournament over Columbus Day Weekend.
Sept. 22, 2018 -- In their second league match of the season, the Flash faced off against a talented White Clay SC Cougars squad in Landenberg, Pa.
The Cougars opened play with a quick goal and dominated possession early, having the look of team that might run away with the game. But thanks to strong play in goal by Charlie, including a pair of diving saves, and sturdy defense by Colin, Grayson and Joey, the Flash steadied themselves and kept the Cougars off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half.
The Flash began building some offensive momentum toward the end of the first half, and it carried over into the second half, as Cody banged home a feed from Grayson to knot the game at 1-1. However, the Cougars were not to be denied on this day, scoring two more goals en route to a 3-1 victory.
The Flash will take on Phoenixville SC in their home opener Sept. 29, followed by Nether United FC Black on Sunday.
Sept. 15, 2018 -- The Flash opened their Central League schedule with a 4-4 tie against FC Europa in Paoli. Methacton United took the pitch wearing their blue kits for the away tilt.
The Flash got on the board early with a goal in the first minute of play, as Tyler finished off a left-side cross from Cody. After FC Europa tied the score at 1-1, Tyler struck again with another one-touch finish, this time on a right-side cross from Brendan, to put Methacton back on top. A late goal from FC Europa sent the clubs into halftime tied 2-2.
The Flash kept up the offensive pressure after the break. Jaxon controlled the ball just inside the FC Europa 18, turned and fired a shot past the goaltender. Minutes later, Kenny went upper-left to convert a penalty kick and put Methacton United up 4-2. FC Europa fought back and scored two unanswered goals, including a 1-on-none breakaway, to earn the tie.
September 1, 2018 -- Methacton United's U11 Flash took home silver medals after finishing second in their division at the 31st Al Perlini Memorial Tournament Sept. 1 in Warminster, Pa. The Flash jumped out of the gate with an impressive 2-0 shutout over Southampton SA Barcelona in the opener.
Their second game pitted the Flash against the eventual division champion, Yardley Markefield. The Flash battled in a hard-fought, very physical game, ultimately falling 2-0 (although we still think we scored as time expired in the second half!).
As the temperatures climbed during the afternoon, the Flash stayed focused, closing out the tournament with a 3-0 win against the Upper Darby Futbol Blasters and a 4-1 victory over Upper Dublin White DRA. This strong tournament performance gives the team good momentum heading into their Central League schedule this fall. Go Flash!