Oct. 19, 2019 -- That Flash battled a talented Hockessin team and came away with a 2-1 loss at Heebner Park.
The Flash couldn't muster much first half offense outside of a couple early shots by Kenny and Reece. For the most part, Hockessin controlled play in the Methacton zone and peppered the net with shots. Thankfully, Aidan was up to the task, making nine saves. In one sequence, he made two good stops from in close, and later he came out of the net to challenge the attacker and make the save. Aidan also used several good punts to transition to the attacking end, including one that found Reece streaking down the left flank for a shot on goal. Late in the half, Ezana stepped up nicely on defense to play the ball back into the attacking zone and give the Flash a scoring chance.
The second half was more wide open, with good action at both ends of the pitch. Hockessin was on the attack early, but it was the Flash who scored first, at the 41-minute mark. Reece started the play with a corner kick that traced a pretty arc into the box. Jackson was in the right place at the right time, jumping high to get a thigh on the ball and sending it sailing up and over over the outstretched hand of the keeper for a goal.
Hockessin answered, drilling a no-doubter into the upper left corner, and then took a 2-1 lead a few minutes later. The Flash showed a good sense of urgency after falling behind, and nearly got the equalizer when some good passing by Reece, Tyler and Colin led to a hard shot off the post by Kenny. Chase put in some hard work in the corner on the attack, taking the ball from a defender and passing back to Tyler for a shot. The Flash had one last chance to tie the game when they were awarded an indirect kick in the box after the Hockessin keeper picked up a ball that was played back to him by his own team. Aidan and Reece teamed up on the indirect kick, which bounced around the box before being cleared out of play.
With Hockessin often on the attack, Charlie made some strong saves in net to keep the game close. On one play, he made the initial save and then dived on the rebound, taking it off the foot of the attacker. Later, he leaped up to deflect a direct kick from 25 yards out, getting a piece of the ball and then grabbing the rebound.
The Flash (3-3 Central League) travel to Landenberg to take on White Clay SC Cougars in their next game Oct. 26.