02’ Cannons Fire Away at FC Revolution Celtic
The ‘02 Cannons played off against the FC Revolution Celtic’s in a hard fought battle to kick off the State Cup at Lewisburg Area High School.
Hayden DuRussell, left midfielder for the ‘02 Cannons, was confident going into the game that the team was going to walk away with the win. “We’ve played well at practice. Since we are coming off a championship, I do believe we are ready.” DuRussell said.
The ‘02 Cannons are going into the season with 17 players on the roster and FC Revolution Celtic will go into the season with 16 players on the roster
The action was off to an early start when FC Revolution’s Andrew Johnson sunk a low, driven shot into the corner of the net to put Revolution ahead, 1-0, approximately six minutes into the first half.
With possession being mostly in favor of FC Revolution, the Cannons were frantic for the equalizer. Closing out the first half, James Cumberbatch of the ‘02 Cannons rocketed a shot into the top right corner of the net, giving the Cannons the goal they were looking for.
From the start of the second half, it was clear that the ‘02 Cannons got the halftime speech they needed. Jackson Temple scored two back-to-back goals to put the Cannon’s up 3-1. It was a hard fought game with many exhilarating moments, however, Jacksons two goals were enough to grasp the victory for the ‘02 Cannons.
“Our biggest strength for the season is our defense and our leadership, I believe it showed today.” ‘02 Cannons head coach Shawn Temple. Going into the next game, Temple stated that not much was going to be different for the Cannons’ second game of the season. The team needs to continue to develop. Development is what he really wants to focus on.
“The ‘02 Cannons are a team that is focused on development. Kim Palmatier, fan and mother to a player on the team states “The team’s biggest strength is their coach. The coaching that he gives them off the field mostly, at practice he’s [Shawn Temple] a wonderful coach. It’s more about coaching for him than winning games.”
In their next game the ‘02 Cannons will be facing off against ENCO Red ‘02 on the 9th of April in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.