The Sporting Delaware 2005 ECNL Boys attended the ECNL National Event in Sanford, Florida from January 22nd to January 24th.
Game 1 Recap
Opponent: FC Wisconsin (Wisconsin)
Sporting Goal Scorers: Tad Glasser, Lance McNally, JoJo Daniel
Colleges in Attendance: American (D1), Brown (D1), Campbell (D1), Charlotte (D1), Clemson (D1), Colgate (D1), College of Charleston (D1), Davidson (D1), Delaware (D1), Furman (D1), George Mason (D1), Georgetown (D1), Harvard (D1), Holy Cross (D1), Lafayette (D1), Lehigh (D1), Liberty (D1), Louisville (D1), Loyola Chicago (D1), Michigan State (D1), North Florida (D1), Notre Dame (D1), Penn State (D1), Rutgers (D1), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (D1), St. Bonaventure (D1), St. Louis (D1), University of Connecticut (D1), UNC Asheville (D1), UNC Greensboro (D1), Virginia (D1), Wisconsin Green-Bay (D1), Bates College (D3), Denison (D3), Earlham College (D3), Emory (D3), Gustavus (D3), Hartwick (D3), John Carroll (D3), North Central College (D3), Ohio Wesleyan (D3), Regis University- Denver (D3), St. Olaf (D3), Stevens Tech (D3), Stevenson (D3), Tufts (D3), Vassar (D3)
Sporting Delaware opened the ECNL National Event against FC Wisconsin down in Sanford, Florida. The game started with both teams finding themselves into the game in a bit of midfield stalemate. Sporting Delaware would begin to gain some momentum as they created a flurry of dangerous chances to led to several corner kicks.
Tad Glasser would find the back of the net to get Sporting Delaware started off a set piece midway thru the first half. Sporting continued to apply pressure on FC Wisconsin and found a second goal when Lance McNally headed home a cross moments before halftime. FC Wisconsin would find the back of the net right before halftime off a penalty kick to make the game 2-1.
Sporting Delaware would start the second half strong creating several good chances. JoJo Daniel would make the game 3-1 following up a long range shot that handcuffed the FC Wisconsin goalie. FC Wisconsin would once again find the back of the net making the game 3-2 on another opportunity from the penalty spot.
Sporting Delaware would see out the remainder of the match with a 3-2 victory.
Game 2 Recap
Opponent: South Carolina United (South Carolina)
Sporting Goal Scorers: TJ Hastings & Alessio Cristanetti-Walker
Colleges In Attendance: American (D1), Army (D1), Boston University (D1), Coastal Carolina (D1), Colgate (D1), College of Charleston (D1), DePaul (D1), Furman (D1), Georgetown (D1), Harvard (D1), Liberty (D1), Mercer (D1), Michigan State (D1), North Florida (D1), Northeastern (D1), Penn State (D1), Presbyterian College (D1), Rutgers (D1), UNC Asheville (D1), Wake Forest (D1), Erskine (D2), Indianapolis (D2), Lindenwood (D2), Amherst (D3), Cabrini (D3), Case Western Reserve (D3), Eastern (D3), Gordon College (D3), Hartwick College (D3), Lynchburg (D3), Stevens Tech (D3),
Sporting Delaware had a tough opponent who advanced to the quarterfinals of the ECNL Playoffs when they faced off against South Carolina United on day two. Sporting Delaware would be the aggressor in the opening minutes of the match creating multiple scoring chances and earning several corner kicks early in the match.
South Carolina would begin to find their footing in the game and evened up play as the first half went along. Neither side would create any substantial scoring opportunities as the first half came to an end with the score 0-0.
The second half would start with Sporting Delaware once again coming out owning possession and goal scoring opportunities. TJ Hastings would get Sporting Delaware on the board early in the second half after a great delivery from Tyler Flowers. Alessio Cristanetti-Walker would find the score sheet just moments later after a fantastic set of combination passes that found the forward right in front of goal to make the game 2-0.
Sporting Delaware would continue to dominate possession and finish off the game with a 2-0 victory. The group would take on a familiar former conference foe in Maryland United on Day 3 to finish the event.
Game 3 Recap
Opponent: Maryland United ECNL (Maryland)
Sporting Goal Scorers: Alessio Cristanetti-Walker, Connor Budniak, Bryce Flowers, Jordan Illian
Colleges In Attendance: Army (D1), Providence (D1), UCONN (D1), William & Mary (D1), Alfred (D3), Bates (D3), Chatham (D3), Eastern (D3), Emerson (D3), North Central College (D3), Tufts (D3), Virginia Wesleyan (D3), Washington & Lee (D3)
Sporting Delaware would enter day three of the ECNL Showcase with a 2-0 record and facing off against a familiar opponent in Maryland United. The teams played twice last season when Maryland United was a member of the Northeast Conference.
Just moments into the match Sporting Delaware would find an early goal as Alessio Cristanetti-Walker would find the back of the net when he pressed the Maryland United keeper into a mistake. Both teams battled hard in a physical matchup in the first half that saw most of the game dominated by midfield play with neither team creating a significant number of scoring opportunities. The game would enter halftime with Sporting Delaware up 1-0.
Sporting Delaware would come out in the second half in more dominant form both in possession and creating multiple scoring chances in the early moments of the second half. Connor Budniak would put Sporting Delaware up 2-0 when he found the back of the net on a penalty kick early in the second half. Maryland United would respond moments later after a deflected shot and save was put home by the Maryland United forward making the game 2-1.
Moments after conceding, Sporting Delaware started to assert themselves once again in possession and created a flurry of dangerous scoring chances. Bryce Flowers would find the back of the net off a great combination of passes to make the game 3-1. With just moments remaining in the match, Jordan Illian would display a great individual moment of brilliance in which he beat multiple defenders and found the back of the net to make the score 4-1 in favor of Sporting Delaware.
Sporting Delaware would leave the ECNL National Event in Florida with an overall record of 3-0-0 and scored 9 goals in the three fixtures. The team had 8 different goal scorers over the course of the event while only conceding 3 goals, 2 of which were from the penalty spot in game 1.
Sporting Delaware 2005 Boys had a great weekend building momentum heading into the Sporting Delaware ECNL & MLS Next Showcase at the Chase Fieldhouse on February 12th and February 13th, 2022.