Another new comer to the UPSL in this Cup competition is Pre-College Development Academy out of Augusta Georgia. This team is focused on providing a pathway for serious players looking for a professional career.
Part of the Augusta United Football Club, they, like Limeño GA U20, are feeder clubs for their Premier Division’s parent teams. It’s a chance for these players shine in such a way as to be called up to the first team if they impress.
Without the qualifications to actually be promoted in the regular season from Division 1 to the Premier Division, this Regional Cup is another way for them to prove themselves and gain honors in the UPSL. It’s also an avenue for both teams to test their new young talent to see if they will fit for the long haul of a UPSL regular season.
These teams seemed evenly matched as they kicked off. Early sparring back and forth would see Limeño U20 with the first breakthrough on 4 minutes after a mistake by the Pre-College goalkeeper. The keeper failed in his attempt to connect with his defender on a clearance gifting possession to Anguel Gueyara who made no mistake as he slotted home from just inside the penalty area for an early 1-0 lead to Limeño.
The play remained tight as both sides made probing attacks in the first half. Oscar Argueta made it 2-0 when he was played through with a leading pass eventually beating the keeper to the ball, controlling the deflection and driving a low shot into the back of the net to widen the Limeño advantage on 16 minutes.
A mere 2 minutes later however, Pre-College finally got the break they needed. A foul outside the box gave Niall Monahan a chance to make an impact and an impact he made with one of the goals of the weekend. Monahan curled a free kick in from long distance, beating both the wall and a diving keeper to half the Limeño lead at 2-1.
Unfortunately, the hustle of the Limeño front line attack, spear-headed by Oscar Argueta, won Limeño a penalty on 21 minutes when the keeper came for ball but unfortunately ended up taking out the Limeño player. The spot kick was dutifully executed by Argueta for a 3-1 first half lead to Limeño.
After the break, the back and forth continued with each side having their moments of effective attack and counter attacks. The battle produced another creative gem, this time from Pre-College. Nicholas Cenek grabbed possession of the ball in the final third and with a great individual effort, dribbled and beat several defenders before turning and blasting across goal. The shot beat the keeper and got a goal back for Pre-College to put the score at 3-2.
That would be the final score-line for the match as a stalemate was the result of the rest of the match as Limeño successfully saw out the victory to go joint top of Group B along with Club The Strongest ATL after one match day in the Cup.