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CFC Azul Blasts Boston 6-0

CFC Azul's players and coaches huddled up following their 6-0 throttling of Boston on Friday.


EAST HAVEN, Conn. – Ryan Kinne and Mario DiMecili each scored two goals to lead CFC Azul to a 6-0 rout of Boston Victory on Friday at East Haven High School.

Kinne struck in the 4th and 10th minutes to open up an Azul lead that only grew in the second half with goals from Markus Naglestad (64′), DiMecili (73′, 81′), and Sonny Narro (86′). Keeper Matt Sangeloty kept the sheet clean for Connecticut, who earned their first win in franchise history after a 0-1-2 start.

“I’ve been in this game so long,” Azul head coach Dave Kelly said. “I can count the number of really comfortable wins on one hand. It doesn’t happen much. So to win 6-0 is an aberration.”

After losing a late lead against Boston three weeks ago, the Azul wasted no time separating themselves from their guests.

In the 4th minute, Boston defender Pat Hamilton fouled Kinne near the area to set up a free kick from 25-yards. Seconds later, Kinne drove it far post for a lead the hosts would not relinquish.

Kinne struck again in the 10th minute when he tapped through a Conor Doyle cross that Justin Brewer feinted toward to put Azul in the driver’s seat.

“Conor made a great run on the outside,” Kinne said. “Justin Brewer made an absolutely gorgeous dummy that left the keeper frozen, and it was just a tap in from there.”

Down two goals early, Boston head coach Sergio Taborda sent in striker Hayk Kaya and the Victory went with a five-man midfield to help improve possession. But other than a mild effort from Andrew Sousa that Sangeloty corralled, the Boston 11 were hard pressed to file a reply.

Boston held onto the ball early in the second half, but the Azul stayed compact and smothered the runs of Sousa and Matheus Assaf. Although the hosts held the lead, it was clear that they were off kilter to start the second 45.

“We got away from our game a little and started playing their style,” Kinne said. “But we were able to (eventually) penetrate through their defense and create chances.”

The first chance of a series arrived in the 63rd minute when Kinne was hauled down inside the area with a Doyle cross en route. A penalty was awarded, and Nagelstad pounded it through in the 64th minute.

Minutes later, Kinne came off for DiMecili, who picked up right where his predecessor left off.

In the 73rd minute, Nagelstand sent it ahead to the substitute striker, who slalomed through the attacking third and hit it close range that Jordan Bar initially saved. But DiMecili pounced on the rebound to sent it through.

Naglestad and DeMicili collaborated on another goal eight minutes later when Nagelstad whipped a free kick from deep inside the left flank that Bar saved at the near post. But DeMicili was there to tap it on frame that was stopped on its first try before another second effort fell into the net in the 81st minute.

“I was definitely motivated for my first home game with CFC,” DeMicili said. “I wanted to do as best as a I could, and I got two great balls from Markus, and I was just happy I put them in. It’s great for my confidence.”

Narro capped the scoring in the 86th minute when he took ahold of a Nagelstad pass and shoved it in to make it a six-goal lead that sent the home crowd happy.

“We only scored one goal in our last three games,” Kinne said. “We felt like we had more, we did it tonight. If we can score 2-3 goals a game, and our defense is stout, we’ll have a good chances to win some more games.”

Despite the offensive fireworks and the three points that accompanied them, the Azul must quickly recharge the batteries for a game against the Voltage on Saturday at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Conn. Kick off is set for 7:30pm.

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