Tale of two halves - BUFC sink Pontes 5-2
Updated: Aug 18
Waterbury Pontes take early lead but BUFC depth proved the deciding factor
BUFC continue their impressive form on Sunday's opening day. A swarm of fans arrived early with umbrellas on hand in 68 F for what made a perfect match day. BUFC put on a show with large organized staff, a camera crew, and conducted interviews prior to streaming the game live. Pontes sported their new kits in white and blue stripes.
You can watch the game here.
Waterbury Pontes came out with aggression and quickly found themselves up 1-0 within the first 10 minutes from a cool and collected finish from John Ryan. Pontes retained possession and won most of the 50/50 tackles for the next 20 minutes. Christian Mancini put them up 2-0 in the 22nd minute as the pressure was all on BUFC to respond. Pontes played organized and congested in the back with a quick bursting counter attack that proved difficult for BUFC to manage early on. A near over the bar miss with the goalie already beaten could have had the Pontes up even further. That moment would come back to haunt them as prior Golden Boot winner Tiago Martins went off the pitch with an injury and would not return for the remainder of the game.
BUFC was awarded three PK's as Pontes were responsible for sloppy tackles in the box and a hand ball to stop a shot from Rigo Saravia. The first PK was a miss from Niko Petridis, just inches from the left side of the post. Rigo Saravia would step up and finish the next two. A goal in the 90th minute would mark a hat trick for Saravia who looked dangerous at every touch on the ball.
It seemed BUFC had a busy off-season with new faces on the bench. Most notably, Kenly Lalanne made his debut coming in for Erik Lorent. Lorent who found himself surrounded by defenders at every play and looked frustrated for most of the game. Lalanne had the fans in awe from the first touch as he comfortably got by defenders and had an incredible sense of positioning and darting runs behind the line. Lalanne transformed the game with his first goal in the 59th minute and finished with a brace in the closing minutes of the second half.
Waterbury Pontes look to rebound against KO Elites this Sunday.
BUFC will host national reigning champions Newtown Pride this Saturday, August 22nd at Kennedy Stadium in Bridgeport. Kick off is set for 7:30 pm.