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Atoms Hang Tough
Philly Drops Heartbreaker Late




September 10, 2017

Baltimore, MD – The Philadelphia Atoms travelled to Maryland on Sunday for an ASL match against the SGFC Maryland Eagles at Babe Ruth Stadium in Baltimore.

The Atoms, who have never gotten a result against SGFC, started off sluggish as most of the play was in their own defensive and middle third. A few trips forward woke the Eagles’ GK, but not seriously.

After the first half hour, Philly started to find a few combinations along the wings to venture forward and GK Joe Lubonski made a couple of strong saves in his first start of the Fall season. The back line of Alex Kardos, T Garnett, Tim diBisceglie and Kwame Marfo were able to keep Maryland off of the score sheet… until the 42nd minute when SGFC countered off an Atoms press which was looking for the opening score.

Philadelphia came out for the second half trailing 0:1, but outside of Kardos’ ringer of the inner post, offensive pressure was as rare as it was in the opening 45. In the 60th minute, manager Ken Enofe shook things up with a few substitutes, the strongest being Rich Stone in the midfield. “Stoney”, usually an outside back, took complete control of the middle of the park and immediately tilted the pitch heavily in the Atoms’ favor.

Now it was the Eagles on their heels as the visiting side played downhill peppering the Maryland keeper with shot after shot. And after the Atoms missed a few sitters, Josh Ciricco opened his account in the 72nd off an assist from Kardos.

Not content with a road point, the expansion side from Philly pressed for the GWG and came oh so close. But heartbreak struck in the 88th minute when a fluke blast from SGFC’s wing found the upper 90 for the late game winner. Stunned but not out, Philly still pushed up until the last tick of the clock, literally. With just one second before at the final whistle, the Eagles keeper dove to his left to stop and effort to the lower 90 by diBisceglie.

And as they drove back up I-95 north, Philadelphia could only wonder what could have been, if a few of the sitters were cashed in on.

Now after opening their Fall campaign 0-3 against the top two teams from the spring season (Fury and SGFC), the Atoms have time to regroup with a bye in Round Three.

Philadelphia returns to action on Saturday, September 23rd as they play host to AFC Lancaster at Jean Lenox Stadium on the campus of Arcadia University. The Atoms have played twice lifetime versus the Lions with a 1:1 draw on the road and 2:1 victory against Lancaster last spring.

Supporter's Man of the Match: Rich Stone
 

 
 
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