Reading, PA - After a delayed start due to lightning strikes, Hershey FC began its 2013 inaugural season in a thrilling match against the veteran Reading organization. After hitting the post on a penalty shot, having a definite goal called back and then giving up an own goal to go down 1-0 in the first half ; Hershey fought and showed true character to triumph with a 3 – 1 victory.
Hershey began the match playing composed soccer and possessing the ball well. After a hard earned penalty kick by Carlos Morales, he reluctantly struck the post, much to the team’s dismay. Minutes later Hershey FC unjustly had a goal taken away. Then shortly after, one of readings few counter attacks spurred an own goal and put the panthers down 1-0. Despite a few missed opportunities, Hershey ended the half down as they headed towards the locker room.
The second half began with only one change as Devin Wislocky made his professional career debut at left midfield. Hershey came out fired up and Kenny Fultz knocked in the equalizer within the first 5 minutes. Elgogari, Sherifstood out and was dangerous in the midfield, but not enough to overcome the player owner and assistant coach Adam Clay who kept things in control for Hershey with his simple play and hard challenges in the air. This allowed attacking center midfielder Tyler Whitmer the freedom to push forward and ultimately score the game winner.
The defense was solid the entire night held together by veteran goal keeper Sam Bishop and the captain Dave miller at center defense. Late substitute Tommy Wambold, also getting his professional career debut, earned a PK in the final minute which was put away by miller to seal the deal at 3 -1. Head Coach Mike Butala, another member the organization making his professional debut earns the first win of his career.
Hershey will hope to keep things moving in the right direction next week as they face the Buxmont Torch for their home opener next weekend on May 19th.