'Sweet' win for U-18 Boys WV Revolution
BARBOURSVILLE -- The U-18 Boys West Virginia Revolution won their first US Youth Soccer Region I Championship game in five tries Saturday.
Sno-Cones on the house!
Actually, just charge the delicious flavored ice treats to Randy Kennedy's credit card following the 3-1 victory.
"I told them if we won a game here, we were going to get a bunch of Sno-Cones," Kennedy said. "And I think they wanted something different, but we'll go with the Sno-Cones."
Perhaps it's Kennedy who deserves a refreshing dousing, instead.
The Revolution's assistant had to take over lead duties following head coach Mark Conley's second half ejection over a controversial argument concerning a substitute for an injured player.
At the time, the Revolution was tied with Maine Coast United, 1-1.
It stayed that way for a good 30 minutes until Kennedy made his signature coaching move of the day, sending in Hurricane's Cameron Keenan, who had yet to touch the field in the second half.
Within minutes, Cameron got high on a leap to redirect a well-placed corner kick into the net for what would be the deciding goal.
"Oh, yeah," Kennedy said, jokingly gloating his important substitute. "Cameron comes in and smacks it home."
For insurance purposes, West Virginia University signee Brooks Nucilli added another tally late. It was his second of the game and third in two contests, but this one was probably his most impressive.
Nucilli gathered the ball in along the end line on the left side, crossed by one defender with some nifty dribbling and then scooted it to the near post, which caught the Maine goalkeeper off guard.
It was a pretty score and put the exclamation point on what had to be a beautiful feeling for a Revolution team that not only had gone winless in its first five regional trips, but lost 7-1 on Friday to club powerhouse Beadling (Pa.).
"They played really well today," Kennedy said. "I'm very impressed with the way they came out and played.
"We played as a team, finally, after getting beat so bad (Friday). They came back out with their heads on straight and played real well."
Not bad for a team that's practiced just three times in the last three months.
"This is a team that we put together when they were 8 or 9 years old," Kennedy said. "And this is kind of their going-away party.
"We put all the seniors back together and we wanted them to come out and have fun.
"And this is really fun -- winning a game here."
The Revolution will try to end things on a winning streak 11:30 a.m. Sunday when it takes on Connecticut's Beachside at the Barboursville Soccer Complex.