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Vermont Green FC Lights Up Scoreboard Against Boston City FC
“We knew the opportunity we had here to earn three points and get back into control in the division."
On Saturday afternoon, it was raining goals for Vermont Green FC as they defeated Boston City FC 6-0 in Malden. The Green were coming off a 2-0 victory over Black Rock FC after losing their first match of the season to Seacoast United.
Nacho Lerech was the lone striker up top for Adam Pfeifer’s side. Gevork Diarbian and Bilal Kamal were on the wings in the 4-2-3-1 with Zach Zengue playing the 10. Moussa Ndiaye and Giorgio Probo played in more defensive roles in the midfield.
Nathan Messer and Bernardo Prego played as outside backs while captain Jake Ashford and Diego Ochoa Gomez served as the center backs. Nathan Schnur was the man between the posts for The Green.
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It didn’t take long for Vermont to find the back of the net. A through ball from Probo found Nacho Lerech who gave The Green a 1-0 lead four minutes into the match.
After the goal, Vermont had a difficult rest of the half. While The Green were able to dominate possession, they were unable to break down Boston’s defense. A collection of poor touches, passes, and turnovers concluded what was a sloppy half for the Eastern Conference leaders.
“The first half was a little bit hard,” Lerech said after the match. “But we did good overall. We dominated, that’s the most important thing and then the second half, it was much better. I feel like the rain helped a little bit to wet up the field a little bit so we could play faster and break them down.”
As the second half was about to begin, thunder cracked down from the sky and the game was officially under delay. This forced the second half to begin an hour after the conclusion of the first 45 minutes.
The Green came out firing with multiple shots hitting the post but continued to struggle to find their game. Lerech in particular struggled at striker with some mistimed runs and some poor decision making that drew the ire of Pfeifer.
But everything changed in the 57th minute when Zengue earned a penalty kick. Lerech would step up to the slot and rocketed the ball into the net for his fourth goal of the USL League Two season.
Boston City appeared to take out its anger on Diarbian with a reckless and horrid tackle on the talented winger. Only a yellow card was awarded even though the impact of the tackle could be heard throughout the playing ground.
Lerech said that it can be difficult to stay calm and focused on the game in such an emotional and tense atmosphere.
“It’s difficult because like I can be here and telling you but when you’re on the field, sometimes it’s difficult,” he said. It’s hard. Like it’s hard to be concentrated 90 minutes. We did it today but we have to keep doing it in the future as well.”
Vermont would make its first changes in the 62nd minute as Dylan Lane and Federico Tellez came on for Zengue and Kamal.
After Lerech’s second goal, the game would open up for the Green with goals coming in bunches. Ashford headed home his first goal of the season in the 68th minute and two minutes later, Dylan Lane also tallied his first goal of the season.
In the 73rd minute, Diarbian earned a penalty and slotted it home for his fourth goal of the season. Lane put the cherry on top of the second-half rout in the 83rd minute with his second goal of the match giving Vermont a 6-0 win over Boston City.
“We knew the opportunity we had here to earn three points and get back into control in the division,” Pfeifer said. “We’re satisfied with this performance and look forward to getting back to work in preparation for Tuesday in Albany.”