Tallahassee Soccer Club (3-1-1)
Tallahassee Soccer Club’s Inaugural Season in the Gulf Coast Premier League is exactly half way complete. The team is currently tied for second in the Eastern Conference and is in fifth overall out of 18 total teams in the league. The top two teams from each of the 3 conferences will advance to the playoffs—which will begin on Saturday, July 20th.
Home: AFC Mobile, Saturday, June 15 at 8:00 pm EST
Away: Rangers FC, Saturday, June 22 at 8:00pm EST
*Second Team will play prior.
Away: Pensacola FC, Saturday, June 29 at 6:00pm EST
Home: Hattiesburg FC, Saturday, July 6 at 7:00pm EST
Away: Port City FC, Saturday, July 13 at 8:00pm EST
*Second Team will play prior.
Week Five Standings:
|4||Port City FC||5||1||1||3||5||8||-3||4|
Sy Fontenot 3
Boneco Bazil 2
Michael Seng 2
Daniel Villa 2
Adam Donaldson 1
Pete Love 1
Boneco Bazil 2
Johnny Fitzgerald 2
Ian Ward 2
Hugo Rodriguez 1
Jacob Schmoker 1
Noah Voyles 1
**Daniel Villa scored the first goal in the team’s history off an assist by Jacob Schmoker—this was in a non-league game against the Savannah Clovers and the stats are not reflected above.
Gulf Coast Premier League Team of the Week
Week 1—Pete Love, MID
Week 3—Aron Wimberly, MID & Sy Fontenot, FWD
Week 4—Hugo Rodriguez, GK & Cameron Earls, Def
Week 5—Boneco Bazil, Winger
Game Capsules (Provided by GCPL)
Over in Mobile, the Azaleas hosted the new boys from Tallahassee. AFC Mobile didn’t wait too long to welcome the newcomers after big man, Iba Ndaw, slotted one home in the 13th minute. The Lions responded in the 30th minute with a cheeky chip over the keeper by Sy Fontenot, tying it 1-1. Both teams battled it out in the second half when a beautiful free kick in the 86th minute for Tallahassee SC was banged in by Pete Love. But late game heroics were afoot by none other than home town hero, Chisom Ogbonna, after scoring the equalizer in the 90th minute.
As Eastern Conference play continued on Saturday night, a shorthanded Gulf Coast Rangers squad fought their way back from a one goal deficit in the second half to bring home all 3 points against newcomers Tallahassee SC. Halfway through the first half, Gulf Coast found themselves playing with only 10 men after Liam Moore left the game with an ankle injury. Having already made their only substitution of the match, the eastern shore squad had no choice but to finish the match with one less player. A defensive blunder in the Rangers back field led to an unusual own goal, gifting Tallahassee a one goal led in the first half. Shortly after the bizarre own goal, Xavier Audergon equalized the match with a half volley shot that found its way between the goal posts. The GC Rangers would then take the lead in the last 10 minutes of the game with a wonderful strike from just outside the 18 by David Hall. The team from the Coast would hold on to the lead until the end of the match in a rewarding 2-1 comeback win.
In the first ever Panhandle Cup, Tallahassee SC defeated Pensacola FC 5-1 on a hot Saturday night at Florida States Sports Club Fields giving them their first victory in club history. The first matchup between these two Panhandle rivals featured a lot of offense from the Tallahassee club but it was the visiting 59ers squad who found themselves on the scoreboard first. In just the 5’ minute of play, Pensacola’s Michael Lightbourne put the ball past the Battle Lions keeper giving them the early 1-0 lead. The Pensacola lead wouldn’t last long, however, as Michael Seng connected with Noah Voyles in the 8’ minute of play for the equalizing goal, tying the match at 1-1. The rest of the match was completely controlled by TLHSC who continued to play aggressive and bring the pressure. Their aggressive play would pay off in the 13’ after Forward Daniel Villa scored on a one on one chance against the 59ers keeper. The Battle Lions aggressive style of play continued to pay off as the game went on with their third goal coming in the 39’ from Sy Fontenot who cleaned up a cross that was punched away by the keeper. Another one of Tallahassee’s goals came just 4 minutes later in the 43’ when Adam Donaldson split the defense and buried the ball in the back of the net giving the Lions a sturdy 4-1 lead. To seal the first win in club history and to give the Lions a much needed 3 points, Sy Fontenot scored his second goal of the game in the 85’, ending the game in a 5-1 victory over Pensacola FC.
Seeking their first road win of the season, Tallahassee SC made the long journey west to Crusader Field to go head to head against Hattiesburg FC on Saturday night. Both teams struggled to find their offense in this matchup with Tallahassee SC’s Boneco Brazil scoring the only goal of the match in the 19th minute. Leaving his feet and striking the ball in midair with an athletic bicycle kick, Boneco left the crowd stunned and the goal keeper frozen as the ball flew past HFC’s keeper and found its way into the back of the net, giving Tallahassee a 1-0 lead. In the 70th minute, the club from Florida had a chance to extend their lead with a penalty kick, but the Hattiesburg keeper came up with a big save, keeping the lead at 1-0. Towards the end of the second half, HFC was finally controlling the tempo of the game and they even had a chance to tie it in the last minute of stoppage time, but Hugo Rodriguez, Tallahassee’s goal keeper, made a great save on the back line, securing the three points and the road win for Tallahassee.
Tallahassee SC hosted 2018 GCPL champs, Port City FC, Saturday night at Gene Cox Stadium. Although the Mighty Lions were not on their home field, due to heavy rains, they did not miss a beat as they finished the first half of the season sitting in third place in the eastern conference. The struggling Gulfport unit would get on the board first in the 14th minute thanks to header by Felipe Madero. Shortly after Michael Seng for Tallahassee would take advantage of a weak clearance by Port City and tie it up 1-1 in the 18th minute. 2 minutes into the second half David Villa would put the home team up 2-1. In the 52nd minute Jared Arde of Port City would force the Tallahassee keeper to come up with a huge save to keep the Lions ahead 2-1. The nail in the coffin would come in the 75th minute from Boneco Bazil of Tallahassee putting his team ahead 3-1 and securing the 3 points.