Boca Raton, FL – After a four-game road trip, Boca Raton FC returned to The Shipyard on Saturday night, taking on Storm FC. Thanks to a João Victor goal in the dying embers of the game, Boca Raton came out on top (1-0).
The Boys in Blue started the game very strongly, passing the ball with precision and keeping possession. Despite having the vast majority of possession in the early stages of the game, the Boys in Blue were unable to find a goal in the first half.
On the brink of halftime, Boca Raton goalkeeper Michael Stone made a crucial save to ensure that the two sides entered the break on level terms.
Boca Raton FC made two halftime changes, with Alex Norton replacing Kyle Giscombe and João Victor coming on for Joseph Luzano.
In the 61st minute, Michael Stone made another important save as Storm FC set their sights on goal from a free kick on the edge of the penalty area.
Alex Norton was brought down in the penalty area in the 66th minute, compelling the referee to award a penalty to Boca Raton FC. Just as Boca Raton looked set to take the lead, Carlos Meneses’ low shot from the spot was saved by Storm’s keeper.
As the second half wore on, Boca Raton FC came close to opening the scoring on multiple occasions, with shots by Giovanni Amoroso and Alec-Michael Petrizzi flying just wide of the goal post.
Finally, seconds before the final whistle, João Victor rescued all three points for the Boys in Blue. After a pass from Matheus Ayrolla led to a scramble in the box, João Victor found a way to slot the the ball home, scoring what was surely the game-winning goal.
After the game, João Victor said, “I’m so happy to have been able to score in the final seconds of a hard-fought game.”
Head coach Jim Rooney explained the impact of such an early sending-off: “In a way, this game was similar to our season. It was a struggle until the very end, but we were able to score late. Fair play to all the guys, they deserved to win.”
On Tuesday, Boca Raton FC will take on Palm Beach United at The Shipyard. The Boys in Blue will look to make up for a recent 4-1 defeat to Palm Beach. Come out to support Boca Raton FC in the last home game of the 2018 NPSL season!