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Central League - With league play wrapping up, the Dragons set a goal to maintain their solid play and finish the season undefeated. In their match vs. West-Mont United, the Dragons leveraged a two goals each from three different players and an amazing penalty kick save to maintain the shutout and a 6-0 victory.
In the final contest, the Dragons faced Lower Merion SC in a tightly contest match on a frigid November morning. With back and forth action and a number of scoring chances for both teams, the Dragons rode superb goalkeeping, a stellar second half defensive effort, and balanced scoring to earn a 6-2 win and finish league play with an undefeated 9-0-0 record.
Jack Walsh Tournament - Riding high after a 5-0 league start, the Dragons started bracket play with a tough opening match vs. Horsham Havoc. Finding themselves down 2-0 in the second half, the Dragons maintained focus and netted two goals to earn a well-deserved point. The Dragons next match resulted in a 9-0 win over Glen Rock Shooting Stats and ended Saturday with a 1-0-1 record.
In Sunday’s matchup, the Dragons faced a tough Aston United team – the Dragons maintained a high level of attacking pressure throughout and posted a 4-0 win. Finishing bracket play with a 2-0-1 record, advancement came down to tie breakers where the Dragons lost out to Horsham by one on goal differential.
It was a great weekend for the team with eight players scoring and two shutouts posted; but more importantly, the team learned how to face adversity on the field and battle back when trailing.
Central League - Two more Central League games closed out the month for the team. With ongoing focus on position rotation, tracking back on defense, and playing out wide, the team earned wins over Phoenixville SC (9-0) and King of Prussia SC (11-0) to bring their Central League record to 7-0-0.
By the end of October, the Dragons were getting much more balanced scoring across the team as each player was gaining comfort with each position. Each player by this point had already netted at least two goals each and all had contributed to posting shutouts in four of the five games in the month of October.
Central League - Looking to build from the early momentum of the 2nd place tournament finish, the Dragons had five Central League games slated for the month of September – the team would know early on how they stacked up against new competition.
In the opening match vs. Radnor SC, the Dragons played solid defense and leveraged early scoring to post a 6-0 victory. The following weekend the Dragons picked up a pair of wins over Harleysville Rangers (5-1) and in a rematch with Radnor SC (4-0). Over the next two weekends, the Dragons earned a 6-2 victory over Penn Fusion SA and a 5-2 victory over Rose Tree SC, with the second match being tightly contested until two late goals sealed the win.
Throughout the month, the Dragons continued gaining comfort in each of the field positions, focused on transitioning from offense to defense and vice-versa, and playing out wide from the back. Eight different players scored in the five games and everyone as a whole played great defense to post two shutouts.
Al Perlini Tournament - After practicing twice a week for two months and participating in the club’s week long camp, the Dragons were ready for game action.
In their first official game as a team, the Dragons notched a 6-0 victory over Parkwood. Two more wins over Coastal Atlantic FC (3-2) and Buckingham United (6-1) in the round-robin event had the Dragons heading into the final match with an opportunity to finish at the top of the group. In a well-played matched, the Dragons lost a close 1-0 game to PA Rush Academy and earned a 2nd place finish.
With 4 different players scoring in the tournament and each player getting minutes at each field position, the team was thrilled with their play and excited about the upcoming season.