Jade Tree United was away against FMC at the Kirkwood Indoor Soccer club Tuesday night, in a match that extended their season long losing streak to 6 games in a row, as the team lost the match 10-2.
Jade Tree, who has yet to win a game this season, is perched at the bottom of the league table. FMC looked like a team that JTU should have beaten, but it was not to be,
The trouble began early in the first half when Tim Owen (#9) was injured in a clash that had him hobbling off the field with a sprained ankle. Already a man down five minutes into the match, Jade Tree became more defensive and only allowed one goal in the first 15 minutes of the game. However, this strategy led to a lack of offense, which allowed FMC to take the aggressive lead and add three more points to the board as the game headed towards half time.
However, JTU saw their chance just as the team was about to finish the half, and Andrew Agra (#12), the team’s youngest active player at 17, was able to score a spirit -lifting goal for the team.
The second half was a much slower affair, with both teams clearly winded and looking to run less and make more of effective passes.
While Tam Bui (#2) and back-up goalie Paul Bryant (#7) kept up the pace on offense, JTU began to dismantle a bit in the back, allowing FMC the ability to score 3 goals in a row. It took Alex Rudzinski (#4), who stepped up and blasted the ball into FMC’s net, to break FMC’s streak of goals and give Jade Tree yet another boost in the final minutes of the match.
The team left the pitch visibly wounded by their loss and by the injury of Tim Owen.
Jade Tree United’s next game takes place on Sunday, January 16 at home against Valley Strikers.