vs. Avon Old Farms
|Date:||October 4, 2017|
The Knights took the field on a beautiful and warm Wednesday afternoon against perennial rival, Avon Old Farms at the Winged Beaver’s field. Nervous energy was on full display the first few minutes of the game as the Knights attempted to notch their first victory this season. Early penetration into the host’s half augured well for the Salisbury particularly as the team made much better use of the sides of the field anchored by veteran Wally McKeon and 3rd former Matt Peoples, but efforts by forwards David Dorsey and Dylan Anton failed to find their mark. However, roughly 20 minutes in, super sub Marcus Calaco intercepted an Avon goal kick on the side, centered it to Peoples who one-touched it in the air, Cristiano Ronaldo-like, deep into the back of the net. The Knights had other opportunities in the half including set plays centered on the booming foot of defensive back Andrew Miller but a spirited Avon defense denied the insurance goal.
The second half began with a more organized and effective Winged Beaver offense testing the back line comprised of Pierce Quinn, Miller, Joe Zhou and Sean Gormley, defensive super sub Raphael Chung and stand-in goalie, Kevin Barnard. Despite batting away a slew of AOF attacks, a scramble in front of the next eventually gave way to an Avon goal. After the goal, the Knights regrouped, particularly in the mid field where Chuck Wang and Jax Popovich contributed some key passes to lead a resurgent offense. Eventually, the controlled efforts paid off the as David Dorsey found the back of the net with a nice tap in minutes after one of his blistering shots was denied by an exceptional diving effort by the Avon goalie. Avon’s last ditch efforts were thwarted by some key defensive plays by Kyle Reilly and Ben Chen and the strong all around play by Barnard in the net.