GAME RECAP: Toledo Villa FC

Andrew Streitel

KZFC earn season sweep over TVFC

Kalamazoo FC earned a two-game season sweep over National Premier Soccer League newcomer, Toledo Villa FC. KZFC was able to post another shutout on the season in the 1-0 victory over TVFC this past Sunday.

Kalamazoo FC would start the game well on the offensive end creating good quality chances. However, the KZFC defense would not start the same as they came out too relaxed which lead to some scoring chances for TVFC. After the first 15 minutes of the game things would calm down and KZFC would control the run of play.

“We struggle at times to get into gear early in the match and it is something we have been battling all year,” said head coach Brian Clements. “Toledo was amazing tonight; they deserve all the credit.”

The match would go into halftime tied at zeros with KZFC in control of the game. TVFC was behind in both possession of the ball and goal scoring opportunities at the break. However, neither team was able to break through in the first half.

The second half was much of the same as KZFC continued to control the play. TVFC would receive their best chance of the night in the 57th minute when a rebound was smashed on target and rattled the crossbar.

“Toledo had great effort on the defensive end and closed down very well,” said Clements. “Their midfield worked hard to connect with their backline and they were excellent tonight.”

The game winning goal came in the 72nd minute after Isaiah Nieves broke down the right wing and slotted a ball back into the box. Alex Segura was able to control the pass and curl his shot into the bottom left corner giving KZFC the 1-0 advantage.

Toledo Villa FC would push men forward in the final ten minutes of the game looking for an equalizer. However, Isaac Walker and company would stay strong for KZFC and earn the team their sixth shutout of the season with the 1-0 victory over TVFC.

Kalamazoo FC has one final game left on the schedule. KZFC will be home on Saturday, July 13 at 3 p.m. as they host first place Detroit City FC. DCFC suffered their only loss of the season in a 3-2 defeat against KZFC earlier in the year.

“Games against Detroit are always fun; they bring a lot of energy,” said Clements. “They are one of the front runners and we are trying to chase them down and see what we can do.”

GAME RECAP: Toledo Villa FC

Andrew Streitel

KZFC earn another shutout in win against TVFC

Kalamazoo FC were on the road for their only National Premier Soccer League match of the weekend against Toledo Villa FC. KZFC would go on to win the match 2-0 and improve their shutout streak to four games.

This was the first match of the season against NPSL newcomer, TVFC, and KZFC would start the two-game series well with a commanding victory. KZFC would start strong with both Donovan and Dalton Michael performing well in the offensive third. It was a back and forth first 25 minutes as KZFC had the better chances on net but TVFC controlled the ball.

It was much of the same for the rest of the first half until stoppage time arrived and things got more exciting. Nils Valdmanis worked hard to get a turnover and found Giuseppe Vitale open near the top of the box. Vitale calmly slotted the ball into the right corner and scored the game’s first goal. KZFC goalkeeper, Isaac Walker, would be tested just minutes after the goal when he made a great point blank save to keep TVFC scoreless entering halftime.

Kalamazoo FC would start the second half with lots of energy as they pressured higher up the field. This would rattle TVFC as they struggled to keep possession of the ball. KZFC was in control of the second half when they added another goal in the 66th minute.

A shot from long range was deflected back into the box and Nooh Aljabaly would smash the rebound home and give KZFC a 2-0 advantage. Aljabaly substituted into the game just ten minutes before and made an immediate impact scoring his first goal of the season.

Kalamazoo FC continued to control the flow of the game after their second goal. The defense would be tested though late as Walker made another huge save late in the game to keep the teams shutout streak alive. The KZFC defense held true and the game would end in a 2-0 road win.

Kalamazoo FC has now won two games in a row and continue their four-game shutout streak. The team has not lost a NPSL game since late May and look to continue their run next weekend with two league games.

Kalamazoo FC will be on the road in the 131 derby against Grand Rapids FC this upcoming Friday. KZFC will be back home on June 30th as they host Michigan Stars FC at 5:30 p.m.