The Armada U23 team fell to Rowdies 2 in their first ever match Sunday night. The team enjoyed possession and put several shots on goal in the first half, but failed to convert anything into a goal and the teams went into halftime tied at zero. The second half turned the other way, and it was Tampa Bay’s turn maintain possession. Rowdies 2 took the lead when midfielder Alex Clay was able to pounce on a ball in the box and slot it into the net. The Armada u23’s pressed on, but couldn’t find an equalizer. The match ended 1-0 to Rowdies 2.
Players Who Stood Out
Stephan Spicer, D
The under-sized CB played excellently tonight. While he is on the short side, he won several aerial balls and played with a smartness that most college players his age have yet to develop. He was consistently in the perfect position to tackle a Rowdies 2 players and made several key defensive plays to keep the score line where it was.
Kyle Nasta, GK
The UNF keeper was immense for the u23’s. He made a handful of solid saves in the second half and one or two great ones. The conceded goal can’t rest squarely on his shoulders either, as it was a ball picked out of a scrum in the box by the Rowdies 2 midfielder. Many goalies would be hard-pressed to spot the ball and save it in time. Overall, it was a successful night for the impressive UNF product.
Leo De Smedt, M
Leo stood above the rest of the team tonight. The French midfielder was relentless and deserved at least an assist or two from his performance. His pinpoint crosses and almost-perfectly-played corner balls troubled the Rowdies 2 keeper all night. He lost a bit of steam in the second half, but he was easily the most dangerous player for the Armada u23’s on the evening.