Sunday, April 11, 2010

Old Nemesis Vanquished: Flames Win Season Opener 4-3

The Grandview Flames SC opened their 2010 campaign at home at Anderson Field on Saturday with a hard-fought win versus the Classics of Louis Center.

It was the Flames' first ever victory against the select club from up north who have figured prominently in all Ohio Champions League U10 competitions.

The teams were fairly evenly matched for the 2 p.m. showdown, but the Classics had more men to sub in and out, and the Flames began to dim near the end of the second half. But they held on for the 4-3 win. Jake made several key saves to keep them in it, and a little luck came in it too as the Classics blew several good chances and had several more go just wide or high.

The first goal of the match and the season for the Flames came on an odd high bouncer sent in by Manny from nearly mid field. The opposing goalie misjudged it, and it sailed over his head and in.

The Classics answered a minute later with a left-footed rocket from their talented forward, No. 21.

At about 15 minutes, Ben D. dumped a nice pass out right to Dylan at the top of the box who didn't hesitate and drove it near post and past the surprised keeper to make it 2-1 Flames.

Again the Classics countered, and again it was their left-footed attacker No. 21, who finished a beautiful corner from the right side that skimmed the cross bar and down at his feet.

The Classics then put the Flames on the ropes, taking the 3-2 lead with a goal by winger No. 20.

But a buzzer-beater at the end of the first half by Wes tied it 3-3.

The only goal of the second half proved the winner. About 10 minutes in, Dylan placed a nice right cross at the foot of Indigo who powered it in decisively.

The disappointment among the Classics fans was palpable, and some words were spoken in their duress.

The Flames management issued the following statement: "We finally beat them."

The team photo was taken immediately following, amid celebratory cookie bars from Becky. Included in this season's photo were the teams official and unofficial mascots.

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