"The most important thing is to go out there and have fun." This was the closing statement by Brent Ashebrook, coach of the Fairfield County All-Stars, to his team prior to Wednesday's closed door friendly against Orlando City Soccer Club at Dr. Phillips Community Park.
The remark was meant to inspire excitement amongst the AYSO squad of 8-10 year olds, but in turn it also fueled the competitive fire of the MLS side they ended up playing against.
The Orlando City offense was sterling in a 22-0 drubbing of the Connecticut-area youths, with the Lions jumping out to a 5 goal lead just 15 minutes into the first half.
Kevin Molino watched the bout from the sidelines as he continues to make his way back from knee surgery that kept him sidelined for most of the 2015 season. Starting in his place was Adrian Winter who was proving his worth by netting 12 goals throughout the contest, the most spectacular of which saw the Swiss Superman weave past the entire opposing defense for a precision strike in the left hand corner of the goal.
Though the children were visibly forlorn well early into the match, the post-match congratulations and opportunities to take pictures with the players put smiles on their faces. Fairfield County goalkeeper Justin Rebel even expressed to his teammates, with great excitement, the thrill of stopping both of Servando Carrasco's shot attempts.
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ORL - Winter 1', 4', 7', 15' 19', 26', 33' 39', 45', 55', 61', 86'
ORL – Kaká 11' (PK), 47’ (PK), 57' (PK)
ORL - Collin 42'
ORL - Shea 47'
ORL - Larin 46', 46'
ORL - Barry 77'
ORL - Bendik 29' (PK)
ORL - Ramos 52'