Fort Pitt Regiment Wins Opener At Buffalo
A pair of second half goals propel the Fort Pitt Regiment to a 2-0 win over FC Buffalo. The match was the season opener for the Red Coats.
Lucas Godinho opened the scoring with a goal in the 56th minute. He converted an Anthony Virgara set up knocking the ball past the FC Buffalo ‘keeper. The scoring play was set up when Lamine Balde drove a ball into the box to find Virgara.
Marc Alexander capped the evening’s scoring in the 81st minute. Godinho played him through the Buffalo defense and he dribbled around the goalkeeper at the edge of the area to slot the ball into an open goal.
Early in the first half, the Regiment controlled possession but Buffalo created better chances with Winkle always lurking and putting 2 shots on frame and just missing with another.
FPR’s best first chance saw Balde pop a shot straight into the air in front of a wide-open goal in the 38th minute. Virgara played a ball from the right wing through the area to the FPR forward at the back post. The attempt popped straight into the air making it easy for the Buffalo keeper to recover from the near post and grab the ball to snuff out the chance.
Early in the second half FC Buffalo’s Wilson’s quick shot required a quick reaction from Scott Rissler to prevent FCB scoring in the 48th.
Buffalo introduced Akean Shackleford in the 64th minute. The Red Coat killer proved to be dangerous with several hard-charging forays into the FPR area. The most dangerous in the 90th minute when he blocked Rissler’s clearance of a back pass toward the FPR goal. Rissler was able to block the subsequent shot.
FPR – Lucas Godinho (1), (Anthony Virgara) 56th
FPR – Marc Alexander (1), (Godinho) 81st
Players: GK-Scott Rissler, D-Mikel Ubeda, Ryan Landry, Matt McDyer, Max Flick, M-Anthony Virgara, Nick Kolarac (Lucas Canineu ’59), Jake Gratzer, Tulio Canineu (Marc Alexander ’76), F-Lamine Balde, Lucas Godinho (Nick Kalogeris ’90)