The Westchester Flames dropped their first game of the season to the Brooklyn Knights Saturday evening, 2-1. After falling to a 2-goal deficit early in the first half, both coming from Brooklyn Knights Midfielder Stefan Dimitrov(19’, 37’), the Flames scored agoal to pull within one goal. Flames forward, Jake Keegan picked up where he left off last season by beating the Knights keeper, Stefan Manz, after being awarded a penalty shot in stoppage time of the first half.
Manz played a solid game, enduring the early onslaught of shots on goal and quieting Westchester’s offense. He finished the game with 10 saves.
On the other end, Flames keeper Christopher Herrera allowed two goals but stuck it out and stayed in the game after a tough collision with team captain Housainou Odoo, both of which went down in obvious pain and stopped play while team trainers tended to their needs. Both players were fine after the game.
Westchester’s defense was the story of the game, as they struggled to keep the attacking Knights out of their zone and push the ball forward, according to Coach Gus Skoufis. "We played a solid game and we got more shots than them, but if they don’t go in, they aren’t worth much. If we had played a little better on defense we might have won this game."
The Flames will look to even their record next Saturday May 19 at 7:30 PM at City Park Stadium against the Jersey Express.