Hartford Athletic played their final road match of the inaugural season, falling to Charlotte Independence 4-0.
In the first half, Independence had the lion's share of the chances and Cody Cropper turned every single one of them away. He scrambled to knock balls off the line on set pieces, dove to stop balls from going to the far post, he even stopped a 3-on-none attempt from Charlotte that ultimately didn't count because of a blown whistle. All in all, Cropper made six saves in the first 45 minutes. In the 42nd minute, Jose Angulo created the best chance of the half for Hartford. Angulo chased down a ball from Raymond Lee and beat his defender leaving him alone with the keeper for a chance. Angulo went for the far post but was too accurate, hitting the post and deflecting away. The two sides went into halftime scoreless.
The second half seemed like it would be much of the same until just about the one-hour mark. Abdoullie Mansally sent a beautiful cross to the other side of the field to Alex Martinez who volleyed it to the far post to open the scoring for Charlotte. Just under 15 minutes later, Elliott Hord was called for a foul in the box giving Charlotte a penalty kick. Enzo Martinez stepped up to the spot and drove the ball into the net for the second goal of the evening. Ricardo Bocanegra scored a minute later and Enzo Martinez added another goal for Charlotte in the game's final moments to seal the win.
Hartford Athletic returns home for the final four matches of the season. You can catch the Boys in Green on October 5th when they host Swope Park Rangers. Click here to get your tickets today!
Shots (On-Target): Hartford Athletic 5 (2) - 21 (10) Charlotte
Corners: Hartford Athletic 5-3 Charlotte
Fouls: Hartford Athletic 17-14 Charlotte
Offsides: Hartford Athletic 2-1 Charlotte
Possession: Hartford Athletic 43%-57% Charlotte
Passing Accuracy: Hartford Athletic 72.5%-80.6% Charlotte
Saves: Hartford Athletic 6-2 Charlotte
60' - Alex Martinez (Abdoullie Mansally)
74' - Enzo Martinez
75' - Ricardo Bocanegra (Enzo Martinez)
90+3' - Enzo Martinez (Jorge Herrera)
26' - Ricardo Bocanegra (Yellow)
55' - Kevan George (Yellow)
59' - Danny Barrera (Yellow)
64' - Abdoullie Mansally (Yellow)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP:
22 GK Cody Cropper; 26 D Elliott Hord, 4 D Sem de Wit, 44 D Alex Davey, 3 D Raymond Lee; 33 MF Harry Swartz, 46 MF Danny Bedoya (Nicky Downs 46'), 14 MF Ryan Williams, 33 MF Harry Swartz (Giuseppe Gentile 77'); 80 F Danny Barrera, 9 F Jose Angulo (Wojciech Wójcik 76')
CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE STARTING LINEUP:
33 GK Brandon Miller; 3 D Hugh Roberts, 18 D Aaron Maund, 29 D Abdoulie Mansally; 23 MF Alex Martinez, 15 MF Ricardo Bocanegra, 13 MF Kevan George, 24 MF Chad Poarch (Clay Dimick 58'); 9 F Niki Jackson (Jorge Herrera 82'), 19 F Enzo Martinez, 11 F Valentin Sabella (Dominic Oduro 85')