For the Jersey Express finding success on Saturday night was a matter of simplicity.
LIZABETH – For the Jersey Express finding success on Saturday night was a matter of simplicity.
While the Express’ offense might not have been as technical as it usually is, they did attack with aggressiveness, resulting in three first half goals in a span of 14 minutes to earn a 3-1 victory over AC Connecticut in a PDL crossover contest at Williams Field.
The Express (4-1-1) have now earned a point in five consecutive matches heading into next weekend’s road contests at Baltimore and D.C. United U23.
“The simplest things are sometimes the hardest things to do,” Jersey Express coach Anderson Da Silva said. “We were very simple, very open, we kept the ball and we had a lot of success. It’s just playing simple really. There wasn’t much (extra) going on and that’s what made the difference in the first half.”
The outcome of such an open flow was multiple scoring opportunities. The Express would break through in the 27th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick after an AC Connecticut foul in the box. Veteran captain Christopher Karcz capitalized on the opportunity, scoring on the kick for his sixth goal of the season.
“After that goal I felt we were going to create more opportunities because they were going to have to come up,” Da Silva said. “I knew that we were going to have more opportunities.”
Karcz played a pivotal role in the second Jersey Express goal as he sent a long cross to Vitor Alvarenga. Alvarenga then split a pair of defenders and slid a pass around AC Connecticut keeper Steve Sasso and to a wide open Adin Kavara who tapped it into the open net. William Da Silva then capped the surge when he buried a free kick from 20 yards out inside the left post to make it 3-0 in the 40th minute.
Ashton Pett’s goal in the 82nd minute put AC Connecticut on the scoreboard. In total, AC Connecticut held a 13-12 advantage in shots. Nine of the shots came in the first half for the Jersey Express, who held an 8-6 edge in corner kicks.
Matthew Turner made four saves in net to earn his fourth win of the season. His best stop came in the third minute when he dove to his left to deny AC Connecticut’s Miguel Carneiro. Sasso had four saves for AC Connecticut.