Catonsville, MD – U16 Baltimore Bays Chelsea drew NJSA 2-2 in the second game at UMBC. In this case, Baltimore was much better, but they didn’t take advantage of their numerous scoring chances and had to settle for the draw.
Baltimore Bays Chelsea: 4-4-2. Flat 3 man midfield in front of a DM.
F: John Jlopleh, Jeremy DeGraffenreidt
M: Christian Porras, Romilio Hernandez, Jonathan Barron
DM: James O’Connor
D: Alexander Ponvert, Michael DeGraffenreidt, Tanner Vosvick, Derek Chan
GK: Matthew Sanchez
NJSA: 4-2-3-1. The back 4 plays with Butler as a sweeper with Weinreb
F: Ethan Decker, Zachary Bond
M: Mael Corboz, Jon-Luke, Brendan McSherry, Chris Hill
D: Jake Nerwinski, Josh Toribio, Ryan Groffie, Corey Atanda
GK: Stephen Donato
NJSA scored two late goals to earn the draw. They lack creative attacks and are mired with lack of speed in their center backs. Worse, the outside backs don’t support their center backs furthering exposing this deficiency leaving them on an island.
The first goal was scored by Chris Hill in the second half. After several corner kicks, Baltimore goalkeeper Matthew Sanchez’s weak punch clearance only delayed the punishment because Corey Atanda poked the ball forward and Hill deflected it in.
The equalizing goal was scored by Ethan Decker on a legitimately awarded penalty kick. The play started with Brendan McSherry getting the ball to Mael Corboz who made a killer pass to Decker and he was taken down in the box.
McSherry has an exceptional touch – it was a pleasure watching him calm a ball and then execute a picture-perfect pass.
I was disappointed to see Atanda’s reaction when he was called for the penalty kick. Yelling at the ref, the opponent – demonstrating a lack of self-control. He’s a good athlete, but has poor defensive foot work.
Goalkeeper Stephen Donato needs to improve his foot skills for distributing the ball. Donato made several key stops on some rockets. Donato ran into his own defender because of a lack of communication. He needs to set the tone and own the back.
Ryan Groffie and Josh Toribio don’t complement each other because both have a similar deficiency – lack of speed. It would be better to match one of them with a fast central defender. Toribio is a very strong player.
Corboz is a very good passer continuously finding Zachary Bond late in the game.