First Flight’s 2-1 magic ends in fourth-round loss

By on November 12, 2021

Both teams plead their case during a penalty whistle.
First Flight's Dylan Byard (right) checks on Ian Bacchus.
Gael Villegas-Duran (white, Western Alamance) and Wes Rhodes (blue, First Flight) race for the ball late in the 2nd half.
The home crowd closely watches the action.
Spencer Dee goes to retrive the ball from the back of the net after First Flight Colin Byard's score.
First Flight would have numerous chances to score but had difficulty navigating the ball pass the defenders and keeper.
The First Flight student section loudly cheered on their Nighthawks the whole match.
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The First Flight soccer team’s impressive season ended Thursday Nov 11 on their home pitch when it lost a round 4 match against Western Alamance 2-1.

The match had all the elements of a World Cup match – a loud packed house of fans, great passing and dribbling, and aggressive play (resulting in 3 yellow cards).

It was clear from the opening whistle that it was going to be a great match. The ball moved back and forth across midfield. There were multiple shots on goal by both teams, but each ended without reaching the net due to solid play by the back defenders and keeper.

Western Alamance put up the first score on the board at the 19:10 mark and it was 1-0 at the half. With only 1:40 off the clock in the second half, Western Alamance scored their second and final goal. First Flight mounted multiple attacks that ended in shots but could not find the back of the net until Colin Byard scored with only 4:20 left to play.

The last minutes of the match were filled with constant pressure by First Flight that brought the crowd to a fever pitch that was heard several neighborhoods away.

It was truly a great match, but the 2-1 magic that First Flight enjoyed during the last two rounds finally turned against them thus closing the book on a great season.

Photos of the game highlighting both teams are available at Richard L Miller Photography.

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