The Philadelphia Atoms lost 4-1 to the Philadelphia Fury after the Fury jumped to a quick start with two goals in the first 20 minutes of play. The loss is the Atom’s third in a row and puts them in last place in the league.
The Fury’s Luke Finkelstein open scoring (12:58), getting his shot pass Ike Onyeador, who got a piece of it but wasn't enough to stop it from going in. Ten minutes later, Fury’s Ryan Butler capitalized on an Atoms’ turnover and scored the Fury’s second goal (22:40). With 2 minutes left in the first half, the refs called a questionable trip by Ike Onyeador which resulted in a penalty kick for Miles English, which he scored on (47:00) to give the Fury a 3-0 lead going into halftime. After being subbed late into the game, Tez Hilliard scored (1:30:00) the first and only goal for the Atoms in the 23rd minute of the second half, who was set up with a beautiful pass by Omar Guzman. Unfortunately they were not able to capitalize on any other scoring chances, which eventually led to one last goal by the Fury late in the game, finalizing the score at 4-1.
After the game, coach George Gunn was upset with the outcome of the game, saying "It was a frustrating game. We went in with a game plan but we didn't quite execute it properly. The second half was a huge improvement, we saw a lot more of the ball and managed to create some chances.” Although it was a disappointing loss, coach Gunn was more impressed with his team's play in the second half, where they were able to generate more scoring chances, with one resulting in a goal, they were also able to improve their game play, but unfortunately it happened too late.
Coach Gunn also had this to say, "It's still very early for us as an organisation and we're still building the foundations. 0-3 obviously isn't the start we wanted but each game we're able to take some positives and we'll look to build on them." 0-3 isn't the start any team wants, but being a new team can have its disadvantages, but coach Gunn and the Atoms won’t let that hold them back the rest of the season. The Atoms will look to get their first win this saturday against the New Hampshire Bobcats, who have also had their struggles early in the season, so the Atoms will do their best to capitalize on that.