The U-15 boys' advanced to the second round of the Region C Cup after finishing the weekend 2-0-1. With 3 games in 2 days, proper preparation proved to be the difference for Coach Jared Vock and his team.
The first game of the tournament against central Pasco was a good warm up game for the 15's who have not played a game in quite some time.Coach Vock was pleased with the performance of his team in the two areas they worked diligentlyon improving, pressing and ball possession. They did not let Central Pasco out of their own half for almost the entire game and IMG controlled the ball, not allowing the opponent to dictate play. The game was tied 0-0 until Rafeal Nunez, who joined the Academy this in the fall, scored on a free kick. With the game 1-0, IMG continued to control the game. In the second half, goals were scored by Keoni Felipe and a second by Nunez. The game ended 3-0 in favor to IMG.
The 2nd game was a good test for the 15's. The conditions were not perfect (rain/wind), but IMG came out on fire. This was the best display of soccer from the team throughout the weekend. The team was very organized defensively by Spencer Moeller, Johnny Voychik and Chaz Heller who did a good job of marking and not giving up scoring chances to the opponent. On attack the 15's moved the ball very well with Jose Navarro and James Pendrigh by controlling the tempo and had FC Sarasota chasing the entire first half. With all the opportunities to score the team found the net once with Voychik scoring from a free kick. At half the game was 1-0. The second half started the again with IMG controlling the ball. Created more scoring chances, but unable to finish. While the team committed players into the attack, Sarasota launched a counter attack and the scored the tying goal late in the game. The game ended 1-1
The final match of the day was against the Clearwater Chargers. IMG did not let the Chargers close to the goal and prevented them from having any possession. The game ended 4-0 with goals from Diego Mendivil, Alejandro Coeto and two from Rafeal Nunez.
The 15's will prepare for the next round where the will face Lakeland FC.