May 29, 2016
ALL TIED UP
Flames, AC Connecticut play to 2-2 draw
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- A back-and-forth battle between the Westchester Flames and AC Connecticut ended in a 2-2 draw in Saturday night.
Forward Louis Greenway-Tambini, who plays his college soccer at Southern Connecticut State University, scored early and late for AC Connecticut, including the equalizer in the 83rd minute. He has four goals in three games.
The result left the Flames (1-2-1, 4 points) in sixth place in the Premier Development League's Northeast Division.
Moments after the whistle blew to start the game, the visitors stormed down the field and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Greenway-Tambini.
The Flames were a bit shaken and worked hard to get back into the game. AC Connecticut continued to apply pressure and had the better of the play, with some good scoring chances.
At the start of the second half, Flames head coach and general manager Gus Skoufis brought on Albany forward Ivan Martinez and Iona midfielder Brendan Reardon for Iona's Matias Correa and Edward Uy, respectively. Skoufis changed the formation to a 4-4-2 and moved Adelphi forward James Thristino into the center forward position alongside Lucas Pereira.
The changes proved to be a key for the Flames. Westchester enjoyed a lot of possession and created several scoring chances. After a free kick was defended by AC Connecticut, Flames defender Dante Spinelli was in the right place at the right time and scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the 49th minute.
Flames left back John Pappas from Marshall University put a nice cross into the box and Thristino converted for his first goal for a 2-1 Westchester lead in the 65th minute.
Flames goalkeeper Rashid Nuhu and his Connecticut counterpart Nicholas Velleca were called on to make several good saves before Greenway-Tambini struck for the equalizer.
The Flames will host GPS Portland Phoenix at City Park Stadium Saturday at 7:30 p.m.