The Lou Fusz Winter College Showcase opened to seasonable weather Friday with a nice contingent of college coaches on hand. I got out Saturday and caught a U19 Boys match as the Club season has begun for the High School boys. Not too many practices yet (none for Windmueller per an assistant) but coming off the High School season it’s really about re-connecting right now. Windmueller did just enough of that. Lou Fusz Windmueller Gets Past Glen-Ed
PHOTO GALLERY Glen-Ed 01/02 United v Lou Fusz 03 Windmueller
The game opened up quickly and Glen-Ed’s pressure meant that it would be awhile before the Windmueller boys were able to string together enough passes to get out of their end. They found the means to do that by going wide. Sam Manson (Jr Lafayette) got around a defender and slid a ball into the six yard box where the keeper got a hand on it to stop the attack. A short time later it was Peyton Boyd who got down the wing and while the shot following his ball into the box was blocked, it fell favorably to Andrew Freund who hit his shot from the 22nd yd circle, finding the top left corner for what would turn out to be the game-winner.
The goal came against the run of play as Glen-Ed had continued to pressure and have more of the ball. Much of the action started from the defensive midfield where Alan Ebert and Hayden Batchelor did fine work distributing the ball and helping to break up Fusz attacks.
The goal created some confidence for Windmueller and their attack slowly became more consistent, leading to their second goal about 25 minutes in. Manson had moved into the 9 spot and Boyd would get another break down the right. He put his ball back towards the penalty spot and Manson, eyes wide open at the opportunity presented, had a nice first touch that allowed him to split his defenders and slip past the GK (see above) before finishing into an empty net.
Glen-Ed ha a dynamic attacker up top in Anthony Agwuedu who’s ability to hold the ball and pace to break down defenses led to several excellent opportunities that faced the reality of Alex Truitt’s game in goal for Windmueller. Truitt was beaten once, late in the game when Colton Clark broke in on the right and finished for Glen-Ed. Agwueda had one hard shot from the right edge of the box that Truitt snuffed as he took the shot off his chest and corralled to avoid a rebound opportunity. It was one of several key saves he made to ensure Windmueller got the win.