The Philadelphia Fury defeated the AC Crusaders 3-0 on Saturday in the second leg of the teams Soccer Factory Derby last Saturday. In a complete opposite of the teams high scoring season opener, this game saw the Fury dominate from the opening whistle.
The FieldTurf field at Washington Township High School was wet and soggy due to the heavy rain during the day but the ball was still playable and fast. The Fury and the Crusaders battled majority of the beginning in the midfield looking for opportunities to shoot first.
Philadelphia would get their chance as they repeatedly took attempts at getting a goal but couldn't get past AC keeper Ryan Gill. The Fury would finally get their first goal in the 35th minute as Michael Dietz collected a rebound in front of the AC goal to make it 1-0 and that's how it went into halftime.
The second half was heavy on offense as both teams tried to get the goal that would put them over the top. Both teams peppered the goal with each keeper making miracles saves.
Scott McCoubrey got the Fury's second goal when he collected Brad Vanino's ricocheted shot and got it passed Gill to make it 2-0 in the 75th minute. After that it became pretty much all Fury with the team controlling the entire field for the rest of the match. And Michel Okai iced it for Philadelphia in the 90th when he dribbled around Gill to make 3-0 and the whistle blew right after for a Fury shutout.
Chase Clement was stellar in goal for the second straight game. He made many saves to keep his clean sheet, his second one in a row. Coach Matt Driver had said earlier in the season that between Clement and Thorne Holder the starter would be determined by who performs best in practice. After two games Clement may have at least put his name at the top of the depth chart.
The Fury go on the road next Saturday to Maryland to face the Evergreen Diplomats at Stadium Marvin F. Wilson Stadium in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Scott McCoubrey, Midfielder
-"Very happy with the win. First half we struggled a bit. It's our third game together, we should be a little bit better. In the second half, we payed a little bit better and got three goals. I'm particularly happy, it's my mom's birthday on Wednesday and this goes out for her."
-"I get pushed around a bit, up from and inside. I'm happy to do any job for the team."
-"Got to try and hit the ground running when you join a new team. It's been a good start."
Michel Okai, Forward
-"Ive been working for this and I've been telling the coach. I've been ready for a while."
-"Always feels good to get that first goal. I'm excited to get more."
Josh Challea, Midfielder
-"I feel all right. We can do better. They were not good and I guess we can do better."
-Before when we played them our defense wasn't that great. But today we didn't up a goal and that's pretty good in my book."
-"If you step on the field you have to leave your mark. You gotta go hard. This is not a game, this is serious."