Premier Game Review By: Brennen Randquist – Pictures by: Destiny Fernandez
It was a gorgeous spring day here in Denver, and an excellent afternoon for FC Denver’s Premier team to showcase their talents on the pitch. The premier team faced off against Ex-Jesuit today at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. It was an incredibly physical match with both teams displaying great poise, and some truly good soccer.
FC Denver came out strong, unfortunately for them so did Ex-Jesuit. Per usual, the first 15 minutes of the match were back and forth with both teams trying to settle in and create a rhythm to the game. Ex Jesuit was awarded a corner kick in around the 20th minute of the first half, the ball was played in, and then headed out by FC Denver, when Ex Jesuit’s left back received the ball just outside the corner of the 18 yard box and sent a screamer in the side netting to make the score 1-0 Ex Jesuit.
FC Denver settled in and started to create some scoring chances thanks to Tree, Tom Marks, and Chuy Flores. The midfield was a battle all day with Ben Jackson, Kyle Firebaugh, and Brennen Randquist trying to solve Ex Jesuits talented midfield. Around the 30th minute mark of the first half, Ex Jesuit was awarded a questionable free kick from about 35-out, the ball was played in, then knocked back, then played in again. Some of FC Denver stepped, some did not, and unfortunately the ball fell to an Ex Jesuit player who slid it past Greg to make the score 2-0.
FC Denver mounted a few more attacks, but they could not get on the scoreboard. First half ended with a score line of 2-0.
The second half, was dominated by FC Denver, they were all over the field trying to break down Ex Jesuits defense. They packed it in and FC Denver tried mightily to score. In about the 60th minute Tom Marks and Chuy Flores had a nifty give and go, that lead to Marks slotting a shot past the keeper to make the score 2-1, still in favor of Ex Jesuit.
The remaining 30 minutes was dominated by FC Denver, in terms of possession and chances, but it just wasn’t FC Denver’s day. They just could not get on the scoreboard again. It was a tough first loss of the season, one that could have gone either way. FC Denver had a tough time finding the back of the net today, and ultimately led to their defeat.
Man of the Match: Tom Marks
FC Denver forward Tom Marks gave everything he had on the field and was rewarded with a second half goal. He, along with his teammates, never put his down and created the best chances for FC Denver to equalize.