Lake Worth, FL – In their first-ever match, Boca Raton Football Club defeated Delray Haiti FC, a team comprised of a local and professional Haitian players, by the final score of 3-2.
It only took Boca Raton FC 10 minutes to get in the score sheet thanks to Boca Raton-native Eddie Otaequi’s goal off a pass from the 2010 High School Mr. Soccer for the State of Florida, Colby Burdette.
Prior to halftime, Boca Raton FC went down 2-1 after two great counter-attack goals beat keeper Dereck Santos. Delray Haiti FC took firm control of the match the rest of the first half after their second goal. After the break, head coach Marcelo Castillo and his staff made some adjustments. The moves proved to be quality and saw a more attacking formation on the field. Towering defender Stefano Bontempo also solidified the new back four. Ten minutes into the second half, former Lynn University standout, Lorenzo Cava controlled a sizzling long ball pass from former US-National U20 standout Reginald “CJ” Phelps, Cava then beat three defenders at the top of the box and blasted a shot past a diving Haiti keeper to level the score at 2-2.
After the score was level, a heated 20 minutes occurred that saw five yellow cards awarded, two to Boca Raton FC and three to the Haiti. Boca Raton FC then sealed the game in the 80th minute, on a great combination play between 2014 High School Player of the Year and recent Lynn University signee Tomer Bitton, Gabe Taboada and Greg Ismael. Taboada, a former Lynn standout received a pass from Bitton, then found Ismael with a great lofted pass, all in tight space, and Ismael calmly slotted the ball sharply to the bottom corner of the goal from just inside the 18 yard box.
“This was a great start against some top quality competition,” said Castillo. “We will now continue to work hard at practice as we get ready for South Florida FC.”
Boca Raton FC will now face Floridians FC (PDL) in their next match. This game will be played at Central Broward Regional Park on Sunday April 19th.
Boca Raton FC will use these next two weeks to tactically prepare for the 2015 APSL Season and its home regular season debut versus South Florida FC at Boca Raton High School on May 2nd. Tickets for the match can found at: www.bocaratonfc.com.