GAME RECAP: Oakland County FC

Andrew Streitel

KZFC eliminated from Michigan Milk Cup  

Kalamazoo FC suffered a bad loss in the quarterfinals of the Michigan Milk Cup this past Sunday. Oakland County FC was able to come into Kalamazoo and win a 2-1 game and move on to play Grand Rapids FC in the semi-finals of the Milk Cup.

Kalamazoo FC started the game very well, keeping possession of the ball and creating some solid chances in the first 10 minutes of the game. However, OCFC were the ones who were able to open up the scoring.

“We are really struggling in the attacking third and building any type of connections,” said head coach Brian Clements. “Give them credit they defended very well throughout the match.”

Oakland County FC scored their first goal of the evening in the 12th minute. A nice cross to the back post found a wide-open Fred Prest who volleyed the ball into the net. The next 10 minutes of the game would then be back and forth as OCFC gained more confidence with having the lead.

Kalamazoo FC would start to put more and more pressure on the OCFC defense as they created chance after chance. In the 30th minute KZFC would find the equalizer as Dalton Michael’s shot from outside the box would find the back of the net. After scoring his fourth goal of the season, Michael and the KZFC offense would have plenty of more chances to score another in the first half. However, the game would go into halftime all knotted up at 1-1.

“I think we created some good chances in the first half and we did not finish those chances which lost us the game,” said coach Clements.

The second half was much like the first half, with KZFC controlling the ball with lots of possession. However, KZFC was lacking the final pass to finish off the chances they were creating and frustration grew as they were not able to find the game winning goal.

Oakland County FC broke out on the counter attack in the 63rd minute and found the last goal of the game to give them the 2-1 lead. Prest was able to score his second goal of the match when his close-range shot went through the legs of KZFC goal keeper Michael White.

KZFC would raise their intensity the last 15 minutes of the contest but the lack of good chances on net would be their downfall. Despite having majority of the possession, KZFC would end up losing the match 2-1 and be eliminated from the Michigan Milk Cup.

“It was a tough loss, in the second half I thought they sat in very well and countered and got a goal,” said coach Clements. “We need to watch the film and correct what we have been doing wrong.”

Kalamazoo FC currently sits in second place in the Great Lakes Conference of the National Premier Soccer League, fighting to stay in playoff position. The team will be on the road next week as they travel to face Michigan Stars FC. The game will be played at the Ultimate Soccer Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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