It was a thoroughly frustrating day for VaHi as they crash to their first defeat of the young season by the score of 1-2 against Terminus FC. It can be classed as an upset as favored ATLEtic could not find the fluency against Terminus that they have had against other opponents so far this season.
Terminus began the day only having earned 3pts from a possible 12 but played with a determination that earned them the prize on the day. From the opening whistle, Terminus played and pressed VaHi who had a very slow start and lagged behind in intensity. This contributed to the first goal as Terminus caught VaHi napping in the final 3rd when they sneaked in a opening goal within the first 10 minutes of the match.
Though Terminus had few chances going forward after that opening score, VaHi failed to create many chances on their own though they had the lion’s share of possession in the first half. That possession did not produce much by the way of chances and Terminus’ rough and tumble play seemed to frustrate a finesse driven VaHi.
Late in the match, VaHi did manage an equalizer off the boot of Ehjayson Henry, who’s individual tenacity crafted the goal. Afterward, you could be forgiven if you thought VaHI looked a good bet to go on to the victory, but only disaster was awaiting them when a long ball into the VaHi final third was thought to be handled by a Terminus player but after the no call, the Terminus player was able to go ahead and bundle the ball into the back of the VaHi net to go ahead very close to the final whistle.
VaHi would come close to a late equalizer in injury time with forward Tolu Afolabi hitting the bar with a rebound off the Terminus keeper but the ball just would not bounce ATLetic’s way and VaHi would find themselves on the wrong end of a the 2-1 score as they went down to defeat for the first time this season.
With a holiday break coming for next week, VaHi will face a very strong Revs Reserves side in a fortnight on December 2nd back at Maynard Jackson High School. A victory will be desired if ATLetic hope to keep pace with the leaders in division 1 of the ADASL (Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League) even at this early time of the season.