Cape Coral Hurricanes continued their push towards their inaugural NPSL soccer season with the second leg of their Everglades Cup match v Miami United on Friday night, looking to avenge the 6-0 thrashing they had suffered at the hands of their Florida co-horts two weeks ago down in steamy Miami.
The Hurricanes had a much improved squad to choose from since that game, a game that due to a schedule shift meant that many of their regular players couldn’t participate in, and looked to bring the fire upon the visiting side in revenge for the heavy defeat placed upon them that day.
With a combination of players new and old, the Hurricanes looked more cohesive than the first leg, in particular Cody Antonini and Nick Murawski who played beyond their years, taking control of the game – grabbing possession by the scruff of the neck.
In keeping with this dominance, they took a deserved lead when Davian Cranston played in Cody Antonini who fired home as he collected the pinpoint cross, scoring the opening goal to give his side a 1-0 lead.
Cape Coral continued in this vein and within 10 minutes added a second goal much to the desire and determination of Nick Murawski, who started the move in a series of passes before finally receiving the ball back in striking range, to drill the ball past the keeper making the score line an impressive 2-0.
It was a dream coming true for the players and supporters alike against a highly rated Miami United side but the game was far from over however and the visitors were entertaining to watch without having produced the end product thus far.
Cape Coral goalkeeper John Damasco had been on excellent form throughout the first period and was called upon several times to keep Miami at bay, form that would never be called into question despite losing a goal close to the end of the first half.
Stefan Diopp managed to squeeze the ball over the line after a mass scramble in the six yard area to end the half 2-1 to the home side.
It’s often said that the worst time to lose a goal is right before half time but it didn’t appear to affect Cape Coral as they bolted from the starting gates in the second half, much like they did in the opening 45 minutes.
The game moved from end to end, chances being created, saves being made but in similar style to the first half, Miami scored their equalizer from a set piece, this time from a free kick from just outside the box that was sent direct into the postage stamp with a deflection from the bar.
It was harsh on the Hurricanes to lose a goal so late in proceedings but the game’s never over until the fat lady sings and Miami proved that point by pushing all the way until the final whistle.
Cape Coral Hurricanes 2
Miami United 2
Both Cape Coral Hurricanes & Miami United are part of the newly formed Sunshine Conference alongside Jacksonville United, Tampa Marauders and the Georgia Revolution with kick off in the conference starting this coming Saturday, May 4th.
Schedules and team details can be found here http://www.nationalpremiersoccerleague.com/schedules/2013/58259648.html
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