FC Buffalo Gets a Win at Home on Father’s Day

Andrew Ferguson takes a corner kick in the first half.  He also scored FC Buffalo's first goal.

Andrew Ferguson takes a corner kick in the first half.  He also scored FC Buffalo's first goal.

         FC Buffalo improved to 4-3-2 on the season with a 2-0 win versus the Fort Pitt Regiment on a sunny Father’s Day.  The “Blitzers” imposed their will early, playing a physical game that kept the Regiment off balance and giving Buffalo a significant possession advantage through the first fifteen minutes of play.  The reward for this happened in the eighth minute when chaos in the Regiment 18-yard box led to an inadvertent handball and a penalty shot attempt for FC Buffalo.  Center Midfielder Andrew Ferguson took the kick, burying it low to the left as Fort Pitt keeper Brenden Alfery fell right, and giving Buffalo an early 1-0 lead.

            Whatever disappointment Alfery had over letting in an early goal, it certainly didn’t show as play went on.  In fact, the story of the game was fantastic keeper play at both ends of the field.  First, in the eighteenth minute, Fort Pitt forward Arkangelo James received a through ball with speed through a high defensive line resulting in a breakaway in center right.  However, FC Buffalo keeper Andrew Coughlin did a fantastic job making himself big and taking the angle on James.  The play resulted in only a corner.  Then, in minute thirty-nine, Ferguson had a chance to double his point total and Buffalo’s lead after two smart passes through the interior put him deep into the box with space.  However, he was foiled by a fantastic save from Alfery who, fully extended, managed to reel in the shot and give no rebound.

Fort Pitt keeper Brenden Alfery was largely responsible for keeping the Regiment in the game for as long as they were.  Here he takes a goal kick at 67'

Fort Pitt keeper Brenden Alfery was largely responsible for keeping the Regiment in the game for as long as they were.  Here he takes a goal kick at 67'

            Alfery would prove his talents again in the second half making several more good saves including an absolute robbery in the fifty-seventh minute.  Jabari Danzy got in deep down the left side nearing the Fort Pitt goal line and connected back with Rob Brandell just inside the top of the box.  Brandell couldn’t have placed the shot any better, picking the bottom left corner of the net, but Alfery somehow anticipated him, making the diving save.

            As the half wore on, Fort Pitt seemed to feed of Alfery, getting a little bit of momentum back by taking full advantage of the speed to their forwards James and Lamine Balde to get up the sidelines.  Just as it seemed like the game was evening however, Buffalo swung things back with a series of late subs to get fresh legs on the field.  The key sub would turn out to be Brett Laroque, who came on in the sixty-second minute.  After creating a dangerous opportunity on the endline a few minutes before, he would give FC Buffalo the insurance goal they were looking for in minute eighty-six, coming left to center with speed past two defenders who were on their heels.  Alfery couldn’t stop the shot to the left corner and Buffalo would stay up 2-0 to end the game.

            The win keeps Buffalo 5th in the Midwest standings.  The next game is at AFC Cleveland on June 27th and their next home game is July 5th versus Greater Binghamton FC.