Last night ( May 5th ) Inter Connecticut players participated in the first ever USL Academy League game to be played in the Nation as part of Inter CT’s integration with AC Connecticut’s U19 Academy team.
Oliver Dahlen, scored the first goal after the 30 minute mark from an assist from Max Weiss, another Inter CT player.
Inter CT were well represented in the starting line up with the following Inter CT players starting.
GK - Luca Marinelli - 03
D - Jordan Blunschi - 04
M - Surya Balaji - U19
M - Max Weiss - 04
F - Oliver Dahlen - U19
Other Inter CT Players in the 18 man squad included;
D - Basit Idriss - 04
D - Connor Shea - U19
D - Will Whelan - U19
In a very high tempo game against a well prepared FC Malaga team, The ACC Academy team took advantage of a second goal just before half time.
As expected, FC Malaga came out all guns blazing in the second half. A deflected shot off a free kick brought the home team from upstate New York back into the game. A slight tweak in tactics from the coaching staff which includes Marty Walker as Assistant coach and Leon Othen as Goalkeeper coach ensured that Inter CT players, Basit Idriss & Will Whelan provided defensive cover wide whilst also providing an attacking threat.
The plan worked as Will Whelan worked hard on the left to force a corner. Surya Balaji took the corner only to be headed in directly for Jordan Blunschi and restore the two goal cushion.
Images from the game: https://flickr.com/photos/192737352@N07/sets/72157719162011620
The night proved a great success for Inter CT with the following stats:
First goal in USL Academy - Oliver Dahlen, Inter CT
First assist in USL Academy - Max Weiss, Inter CT
Goals scored by Inter CT players - Oliver Dahlen & Jordan Blunschi
Assist by - Surya Balaji - Inter CT
Starting players - 5 from Inter CT
Number of Inter CT players on the field at one point - 6
Luca Marinelli, who played in goal did his part with a solid performance and 5 saves in the game overall, with one spectacular double save with the score at just 1-0 to deny Malaga a chance of getting back into the game.
Inter CT FC is proud to announce yet another strong class of recruited college athletes.
With nine players already confirmed, and with more to follow, it is easy to see why the interest in the Inter CT program continues to grow.
Statistics tell us only 7.2% of high school soccer players make the step up to college athletics. However, this year Inter CT will see over 68% of its senior class make this leap.
Luca Marinelli - Bryant
Will Whelan - Hobart
Doyle Catlin - Denison
Ben Carlson - MIT
Conner Shea - St Josephs
Owens Lillis - St Lawrence
Matthew McGeehan - Anna Maria
Liam Dinnan - Nichols
Oliver Dahlen - Trinity
Who will fill the remaining two spots for a full starting 11?
We have four more yet to confirm schools, but we are excited to see where their college journey takes them bringing the total of 14 of the 19 Senior Class playing in college.
Also, a special mention to two of our players who are pursuing their soccer career abroad, taking up exciting opportunities in Europe. Manny Santos (Portugal) & James Radman (Croatia) are taking a different route to pursue their soccer dreams.
This means 79% of our players for this year will be pursuing soccer beyond High School. Three of these players have also been selected to play in the USL Academy which starts next week.
If College Soccer, Academy Soccer or International Soccer is on your agenda register your interest in trying out for Inter CT FC here.
Tryouts dates confirmed as 5/25 and 5/27. More details to follow.