Holderness came out of the blocks with good focus and momentum, and with just two minutes gone in the game found the back of the net for the game’s first goal. It was a pretty setup by Brooks Reed who took the first shot on net from inside the box. The KUA goalie made the initial stop, but Young Gwon was there to collect the rebound and direct the ball past a scramble of KUA defenders.
Up 1-0, Holderness had a great opportunity to go up 2-0 early, but the ball just went wide and KUA began to regroup. With eight minutes ticked off the clock, a relentless hustle play by KUA resulted in a low liner on net that alluded Bull’s goalie Alan Yu and knotted the score at 1-1. Play still favored Holderness as midfielders Henry Richard, Steve Ju, Charlie Morris and Ethan Hayes distributed balls well, but scoring opportunities were rare.
Going into the second half tied, KUA seemed to find another gear. They dominated play in their offensive end and made the Holderness defense work. Mikey Cosgrave, Charlie Crumbo, Jackson Lehner, Boss Ngamkanjanarat and Spencer Glascock were up for the challenge and calmly handled the pressure. Weathering the storm, the game became a great back-and-forth battle with both teams trying to break the deadlock. With eight minutes left on the clock, KUA took advantage of a restart in their offensive third and distributed a perfect ball to the Holderness far post that goalie Matt Butchma just couldn’t handle. Now down 1-2 with time winding down, Holderness pushed forward to try to get the equalizer, but KUA played composed soccer and ran out the clock to hang on for the win.
It was a great Family Weekend match-up for both teams. Holderness will take the weekend off and regroup for Wednesday, 10/11 and travel to Cardigan Mt. for a 2:30 start.