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RECAP | Miami Defeats the Armada Sunday at Hodges Stadium

The league-leading Miami FC took all three points in the 3-0 victory.
Sep 24, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS | FINAL STATS

Ronnie Rodgers, ArmadaFC.com

The Miami FC (6W-1D-2L, 19 pts, NASL Fall) beat the Jacksonville Armada FC (2W-3D-4L, 9 pts, NASL Fall) 3-0, snapping the Armada's three-game undefeated streak, Sunday night at Hodges Stadium.

Both teams had winning on their minds. The Armada FC just completed an impressive road trip, with no losses and Miami FC won five of their last six games.

Over 3,300 fans came out to cheer the Armada FC on at home, as they faced the top team in the NASL, and it did not go unnoticed.

“The crowd played a big part. We got momentum when we started playing well. It’s great to hear the fans,” Jack Blake said.

The visitors were first on the board in the 15th minute. Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell was lured out of the goal while trying to make a long, unsuccessful save at the front of the box. As a result, the goal was left open and Miami’s Stéfano Pinho took advantage to score the first goal of the match.

Minutes later, Jacksonville’s Brian Shriver tried to answer back with a goal of his own off a cross from Bryam Rebellón, but the header hit the post.

The Armada FC was relentless with trying to get on the board before the half. In the 32nd minute, Mechack Jérôme launched the ball into the box where teammate Ciarán Kilduff was able to get a foot on it, but he kicked the ball just high of the goal.

With energy still on the Armada FC’s side minutes before halftime, J.C. Banks broke free of a Miami defender. The midfielder passed the ball to Shriver, who attempted the most promising shot of the afternoon but Miami’s goalkeeper was there to save the ball.

Moments later Aaron Pitchkolan attempted another shot on goal through traffic, but Miami was again able to save it and maintained a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

“During the first half, the Armada [was] better, outside of that unfortunate goal. So we went into halftime feeling good,” said Patterson-Sewell.

Halftime did not slow Jacksonville down at all. Out of the break, Blake attempted a shot on goal from a distance but it was saved.

Steinberger kicked a close ball during the 63rd minute, but was unable to convert that, nor the resulting corner kick, into a goal. Not long after that, Banks was able to earn another corner kick for the Armada FC, but no goal was allowed.

“Tactically and defensively we got the game right,” Blake said. “We had the chances to score and we did all the work defensively, but we didn’t capitalize on opportunities.”

Miami tried to extend their lead more in the 78th minute, but Patterson-Sewell saved the ball to keep the deficit at one. Minutes later, Miami tried again to build on their lead only for Patterson-Sewell to extend his body to make a great save. 

In desperate need of a goal, Jemal Johnson took his turn after being subbed in. He found a pass from Steinberger but his shot was saved.

Miami FC then found some late-game momentum. Their second goal of the night came during the 90th minute by Jaime Chavez to extend their lead to 2-0. Then in the last minute of stoppage time, Chavez found the net again to finalize the score at 3-0.

“For the most part, we dominated the game,” said Steinberger. “Today was the best we’ve played against [Miami FC], even though the score line doesn’t represent that. But there are a lot of positives to take away from tonight.”

Although Jacksonville did not pick up any points this match, the team still believes that they played well and stuck to the game plan.

“The guys executed the plan well,” said head coach Mark Lowry. “We know how to play against this team. If we would have converted those chances, then it would have been a different game.”

The Armada FC now will quickly prepare for another matchup at Hodges Stadium. The team returns to play Indy Eleven on Wednesday – the rescheduled match from early September due to Hurricane Irma.

“We have to win Wednesday,” said Lowry. “We’ll be looking to do that. We’ll have a team on the field on Wednesday ready to pick up three points.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. and tickets are on sale now at ArmadaFC.com.

 

MATCH REPORT

STARTING XI:

JAX (4-4-2): Patterson-Sewell, Rebellón (Johnson 70’), Jérôme, Beckie , Ryden, Blake, Pitchkolan (Taylor 80’), Steinberger, Banks, Shriver (Gebhard 61’), Kilduff

MIA (4-3-1-2): Vega, Freeman, Trafford, Smith, Bernstein, Ryan (Palmer 90’), Poku (Rennella 88’), Lahoud, Mares (Farfán 38’), Pinho, Chávez

 

SCORING SUMMARY:

MIA: Pinho 15’

MIA: Chávez 90’

MIA: Chávez 90’+6’

 

DISCIPLINE:

JAX: Pitchkolan (caution) 14’

 

ATTENDANCE:

3,313