Met Oval's U13 and U12 teams both played at Red Bulls this past weekend in what has become a heated local derby.
The Met Oval U13 triumphed over the Red Bulls 2-1 on Sunday and clinched 2nd place in the Pre Academy league behind the Philadelphia Union with a record of 18-2-2 for the season. The Red Bulls tallied first early in the game after a deflection off goal keeper Manny Smalios. The lead did not last long as Santiago Campos found a streaking Niko Kapandaze who slotted home the equalizer to make it 1-1. Red Bulls had additional chances but could not finish as the half ended 1-1. The second half was all Met Oval as the group showed their determination as they controlled the midfield and back line and created numerous chances through a number of high paced counter attacks. Midway through the second half, it was deja vu as Santiago Campos again found Niko Kapandaze with a beautiful weighted through ball and Niko side stepped the keeper and slotted home for his second of the game and put Met Oval in the lead for good. Goal Keeper Ethan Wood ensured victory with a series of exceptional saves to close the game out. The entire team showed why they are ranked in the top 5 nationally with a technical and gritty performance against a strong and highly skilled Red Bulls group.
On Saturday, the Met Oval U12 's traveled to Red Bulls for a pre-academy league game. On a hot and humid day, the first half saw the Red Bulls control the pace and possession but they were unable to score. The second half was the reverse as Met Oval controlled the ball and created five clear chances which they could not convert. The game finished 0-0in the return game of one earlier in the spring where Met Oval won 3-2 at Met Oval.
Met Oval U13's host Gotchee on Sunday June 12th at 12noon in the first round of the U13 Pre Academy playoffs as Met Oval finished 2nd and Gotchee finished 7th in the league table.
Tryouts will continue for all age groups on Monday June 6th and Monday June 13th. www.metropolitanoval.org/tryouts