The Hartford Athletic 8-match road trip to start the season ended with a hard fought 4-1 loss to North Carolina FC on Saturday night.
North Carolina jumped on the board early in the 5th minute when Mario Lomis got free on a run and powered a shot to the far post past Goalkeeper Frederik Due.
Hartford would have a number of chances in the following minutes including great chances from Mac Steeves and Alex Dixon that couldn’t find the net. Due made a couple of outstanding saves throughout the half to keep the score 1-0.
In stoppage time, North Carolina would add one more. Sam Brotherton found open space off a corner kick and poked it past a scrum of Hartford defenders for the goal. North Carolina took a 2-0 lead into the break.
NCFC would add another right out of the break off the foot of the captain Steven Miller to go up 3-0. But Hartford had an answer. 11 minutes later Dixon powered home an incredible strike from just outside the box to put Hartford on the board. North Carolina would add one more goal to put the game away in the 81'.
Hartford Athletic heads home for the first home match in club history on May 4th against Charlotte Independence at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field at 7 PM. To get your tickets go to hartfordathletic.com/tickets.
Shots: 16-13 NCFC
Shots on Target: 10-4 NCFC
Corner Kicks: 5-4 HFD
Fouls Committed: 18-12 HFD
Saves: 5-2 HFD
Offside: 2-1 NCFC
Possession: 62-38 NCFC
Passing Accuracy: 81-68 NCFC
Marios Lomis 4' (Steven Miller)
Sam Brotherton 45+2'
Steven Miller 47'
Alex Dixon 58' (Mac Steeves)
Robert Kristo 81' (Manny Perez)
Giuseppe Gentile - Yellow (41')
Sam Brotherton - Yellow (52')
Kyle Curinga - Yellow (90+1')
NORTH CAROLINA FC STARTING LINEUP
Alex Tambakis; Aaron Guillen, Sam Brotherton, Alex Comsia, DJ Taylor; Steven Miller (Yamikani Chester 74'), Graham Smith, Manny Perez; Dre Fortune, Ben Speas (Viktor Igbekoyi 83'); Marios Lomis (Robert Kristo 55').
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP
Frederik Due; Kyle Curinga, Sem de Wit, Nikolaj Lyngo, Giuseppe Gentile (Sebastian Dalgaard 65'); Nicky Downs, Alex Dixon, Phil Rasmussen (Mads Jorgensen 73'), Collin Martin (Ryan Williams 73'), Jonny Brown; Mac Steeves.