Coming off a tie in their previous game, CFC Azul took to the pitch at Willow Park in New Britain, to play host to the Hydra of Worcester Ma.
Heading into the match, Azul were down four of their regular starters, most notably, their leading goal scorer, Ryan Kinne, who was called up to play for the New England Revolution’s reserve team, but to their credit, they took to the pitch without excuses.
But, having played the day prior and without key players, the team looked a bit sluggish and it showed. Only 12 minutes into the first half, Azul’s goalkeeper, Matt Sangeloty, took his eyes off the ball during a pass-back play and if it weren’t for his quick reaction, to run back and save the ball from crossing the goal-line, Azul would have been down a goal and Sangeloty would have been truly embarrassed.
However, three-minutes later, Sangeloty’s blunder and miraculous recovery didn’t matter as Hydra’s striker and leading goal scorer, Junior Alencar, put the ball passed Sangeloty and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Playing down a goal, Azul picked up their effort and equalized in the 36th minute off a set-piece, headed in by Eddie Floyd.
At the half, the score was tied, but as Azul came out for the second, their energy sank, the desperation they played with to tie the game was gone and Hydra took advantage.
In the 64th minute, off a corner kick, Derek McCaffrey headed the ball straight through two defenders and passed Sangeloty for the 2-1 Hydra lead and though there was a late Azul scare when captain Paul Templeton chipped the ball, goal-bound, over the head of Hydra’s goalkeeper from mid-field–the ball hit the crossbar and bounced back into play allowing Hydra to hold onto the lead and eventually win the match, 2-1.
With the loss, Azul’s record drops to 2-3-3, but the good news–Azul has the chance to rebound quickly as they play June 13th, in Boston, against the Victory.