Sunday, November 22, 2009

Youth: HCU closes Super-Y on solid note

LAND O’ LAKES – Hillsborough County United’s boys under-16 team capped pool play with a second straight victory to take second place in Pool B at the United Soccer League’s Super-Y North American Finals. HCU defeated Parsippany 2-0 on a pair of first half goals.

HCU took the lead midway through the first half as Nick Patterson scored his fourth goal in three games, flicking Daniel Barboto’s corner from the left at the near post and into the right corner of the net.

Parsippany almost answered from a free kick from 30 yards out, Hayden Harr’s curling shot going just over the crossbar, but HCU then added its second as Tevin Gage combined well with J.T. Thompson down the right, allowing Thompson to drive a low shot into the left corner of the net to make the score 2-0.

“We’ve kind of sent J.T. back to right back, and he gives a presence going forward,” HCU coach Eric Sims said. “When you can play a player like Tevin and J.T. on the same side, you know it’s a dangerous combination. Those guys work well together, and they’ve very good 1-on-1 and getting down the flank, and that’s what we try to do, get people isolated on the outside and let those guys do what they’re good at.”

HCU goalkeeper Brian Paulluck had to make a pair of good saves to keep Parsippany off the scoreboard as Dan Maldonado had his close-range header saved and Mauricio Gomez was denied when he was put in on the left. HCU’s Jordan See also had a chance to extend his side’s lead as he broke on a long run, only to put his shot wide.

HCU will play in both the Raleigh Showcase and Disney Showcase in December, and Sims said he hoped the team learned some things they can carry forward to those tournaments this weekend.

“We look forward to that,” Sims said. “We definitely want to get our players good exposure, but we want to do well as a collective unit, so we’re looking forward to it.”

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