United lacks scoring touch, blanked by Scrosoppi

United lacks scoring touch, blanked by Scrosoppi

GUELPH – A lack of a finishing touch and the ability to keep the opposition in check, one player in particular, led Guelph United to a 3-0 setback to Scrosoppi FC of Milton in League1 Ontario Men’s Premier soccer play Sunday night at Alumni Stadium.

The loss put an end to United’s five-game unbeaten streak (3 wins, 2 ties) and left them eighth in the league standings. Top six qualify for the playoffs.


Scrosoppi FC 3 Guelph United 0

“In the final third (of the field) is where we lost the game for me today,” United associate head coach Keith Mason said. “We just didn’t make the right decisions throughout the team and that quality when we needed it let us down. They didn’t have many chances. Other than the three goals, I don’t remember any chances for them at all, but it was one of those games where everyone they got, they put in the net. Sometimes that happens.”

Jecontae Lane scored all three goals for Scrosoppi with all three coming in the second half. The hat trick doubled his output for the season.

“The difference in the second half compared to the first was they had three opportunities and they put them all in,” Mason said. “We had numerous opportunities. The play was still in their half, but everything around the box was very erratic.”

Svyatoslav Artemenko was in net for United while Michael Markac collected the shutout for the Milton side. Markac was the busier of the netminders as United did take the play to Scrosoppi through most of the first half and for segments of the second half, but couldn’t find the meshing. Several shots sailed over the net.

“I don’t think we deserved to be on the end of a 3-0 drubbing. I don’t think they deserved to win the game, but at the end of the day our quality in the final third wasn’t good enough,” Mason said. “We should’ve put them away earlier. The amount of chances we got we should’ve put them in and we wouldn’t have got caught on the counter. All game they were dangerous on the counter and we didn’t deal with it well. We were letting balls come down, two set pieces where we were static. For us, analytically, the three goals we conceded were very poor and our finishing was poor. The rest, we were the better team, but those were key moments at key times. The game’s won and lost in both boxes and we weren’t good enough in both boxes.”

United was also missing some regulars including reigning league MVP striker Jace Kotsopoulos who was out after suffering a non-soccer injury the day before. Of the 13 players who have played eight or more games with United this season, five didn’t suit up for the game. They were Kotsopoulos, forward Marcel Zajac, midfielder Harvey Marchant, centre back Dion Stergiotis and defender Marko Maletic.

“We’re missing a lot of guys. We’re down to bare bones,” Mason said. “We literally had 12 of our first-team squad available. I’m missing some really big key players, but I’ve always had faith in our quality and I think we were still enough to win this game, but we didn’t do it. I think we just didn’t perform well enough in both boxes. I don’t want to use that missing players as an excuse because I think we did enough, created enough chances, had enough shots that we should’ve won this game despite those people missing, but on the day we didn’t do it.”

The loss left United at 6-3-3 while Scrosoppi moved to ninth at 6-6-1 with the win.

Guelph United is to play Hamilton United (8-4-1) at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium Saturday at 8 p.m.

Next home game is July 13 when United is to host Simcoe County Rovers (8-2-3) at Alumni Stadium. Game time is 8 p.m.

United has nine games to go in the regular season with three of them against teams with winning records.

 

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United lacks scoring touch, blanked by Scrosoppi

GUELPH – A lack of a finishing touch and the ability to keep the opposition in check, one player in particular, led Guelph United to a 3-0 setback to Scrosoppi FC of Milton in League1 Ontario Men’s Premier soccer play Sunday night at Alumni Stadium.

The loss put an end to United’s five-game unbeaten streak (3 wins, 2 ties) and left them eighth in the league standings. Top six qualify for the playoffs.


Scrosoppi FC 3
Guelph United 0

“In the final third (of the field) is where we lost the game for me today,” United associate head coach Keith Mason said. “We just didn’t make the right decisions throughout the team and that quality when we needed it let us down. They didn’t have many chances. Other than the three goals, I don’t remember any chances for them at all, but it was one of those games where everyone they got, they put in the net. Sometimes that happens.”

Jecontae Lane scored all three goals for Scrosoppi with all three coming in the second half. The hat trick doubled his output for the season.

“The difference in the second half compared to the first was they had three opportunities and they put them all in,” Mason said. “We had numerous opportunities. The play was still in their half, but everything around the box was very erratic.”

Svyatoslav Artemenko was in net for United while Michael Markac collected the shutout for the Milton side. Markac was the busier of the netminders as United did take the play to Scrosoppi through most of the first half and for segments of the second half, but couldn’t find the meshing. Several shots sailed over the net.

“I don’t think we deserved to be on the end of a 3-0 drubbing. I don’t think they deserved to win the game, but at the end of the day our quality in the final third wasn’t good enough,” Mason said. “We should’ve put them away earlier. The amount of chances we got we should’ve put them in and we wouldn’t have got caught on the counter. All game they were dangerous on the counter and we didn’t deal with it well. We were letting balls come down, two set pieces where we were static. For us, analytically, the three goals we conceded were very poor and our finishing was poor. The rest, we were the better team, but those were key moments at key times. The game’s won and lost in both boxes and we weren’t good enough in both boxes.”

United was also missing some regulars including reigning league MVP striker Jace Kotsopoulos who was out after suffering a non-soccer injury the day before. Of the 13 players who have played eight or more games with United this season, five didn’t suit up for the game. They were Kotsopoulos, forward Marcel Zajac, midfielder Harvey Marchant, centre back Dion Stergiotis and defender Marko Maletic.

“We’re missing a lot of guys. We’re down to bare bones,” Mason said. “We literally had 12 of our first-team squad available. I’m missing some really big key players, but I’ve always had faith in our quality and I think we were still enough to win this game, but we didn’t do it. I think we just didn’t perform well enough in both boxes. I don’t want to use that missing players as an excuse because I think we did enough, created enough chances, had enough shots that we should’ve won this game despite those people missing, but on the day we didn’t do it.”

The loss left United at 6-3-3 while Scrosoppi moved to ninth at 6-6-1 with the win.

Guelph United is to play Hamilton United (8-4-1) at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium Saturday at 8 p.m.

Next home game is July 13 when United is to host Simcoe County Rovers (8-2-3) at Alumni Stadium. Game time is 8 p.m.

United has nine games to go in the regular season with three of them against teams with winning records.

 

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