Jade Tree United were unable to get out of their slump, extending their loss to a 3 game streak after Wednesday’s defeat to ING Direct 8-0.
JTU kept ING at bay for the first 8 minutes of the game, as possession remained even until ING stepped up and powered a shot past JTU keeper Mike Durbin (#1), hushing chanting JTU fans in the crowd at the grand Kirkwood Soccer Facility.
This match up proved to be the most aggressive game that Jade Tree has been involved in this season, with several cards being shown to both teams. ING received two yellow cards in the first half, and Jade Tree was given a one-man advantage two times within 10 minutes, but were unable to get into scoring position during that time.
JTU’s Alfredo Agra (#10) took a powerful shot on goal with a header that was stopped at the last minute by the ING defense before the game headed into half time with ING Direct up 4-0.
As the second half began, JTU looked a little stiff before finally coming to life towards the second half of the period. Unfortunately, JTU had several opportunities to score, such as a Beckham –like attempt at goal on a corner kick by Darren Walters (#16), who would later receive a yellow card and serve a one-minute suspension.
The match continued to become more aggressive as it moved into the final moments, with JTU’s Mehron Moqtaderi (#5) being grabbed by the legs by a ING defender, and Casey Gallucio (#3) being rewarded a direct kick after a flagrant defensive mistake, which missed becoming a penalty kick by mere inches.
Ultimately, Jade Tree United’s offense was effective in penetrating the ING defense, but lacked any real power behind their shots, making it even easier for the ING keeper to handedly defended his castle and keep the JTU offense scoreless for the first time this season.
Jade Tree United will be without their first-string keeper, Mike Durbin and mid-fielder Alex Rudzinski (#4) when they face the AstraZeneca Blast next Sunday at Ab Jones.