VaHi Go Top Of The League With Victory at Majestic

In one of the most anticipated matches on the day, 2nd place VaHi ATLetic FC faced 1st place and defending league champions Majestic Soccer Club. VaHi secured victory on the day by coming from a goal behind to score 2 second half goals, from Sean Howe and Javier Pace, to contribute to victory in this high paced and exciting match.

Both sides did not disappoint to provide the necessary entertainment on a chilly, cloudy day! The match started as one might anticipate from these 2 skillful and attacking sides as both worked hard to get forward which made the early going high paced and end to end.

Sean Howe Battles In The Midfield

Majestic had the edge in possession and the better chances early but VaHi had their own dangerous share of possession and good chances on goal and the game looked to be up for the taking either way. Late in the first half, it was Majestic that got the advantage.

After VaHi lost possession in the Majestic half, a quick Majestic counter saw an excellent through pass to Cam Moseley and he made no mistake as he slotted low and beyond the reach of Bradley Bugg in the VaHi goal to put Majestic up 1-0 which held going into the halftime break.

The second half started much the same as the first half ended but VaHi got a break early in the half when the referee adjudged a foul in the box and awarded a penalty. Sean Howe stepped up and buried the shot for the equalizer effectively creating a brand new game.

Javier Pace (right) Celebrates the winner with teammates

From this point both sides had chances but none found the mark till very late in the match when VaHi had a chance off a throw in. VaHi goalscorer from earlier, Howe, provided the long throw which Javier Pace was first to pounce on.

Pace’s first shot was saved by the Majestic keeper but Pace was able to follow up rebound with a second to power in from within the 6 yard box to put VaHi ahead very late in the match at 2-1.

From there it was all hands on deck and Majestic piled on the pressure late on, even having their keeper come up for a corner and free kick but VaHi was to hold on for victory and a vital 3 points on the day to put them in 1st place in this tight ADASL D1 championship race!

 

 

 

Match Preview: Majestic vs VaHi ATLetic FC

Drama is set to reach a climax this coming Sunday, January 13th when VaHi ATLetic FC are set to face league leaders Majestic SC. This match will have serious league championship implications as the 2nd half of the season progresses.

Majestic currently hold 1st place in the league on 20 points with VaHi right on their heels, 2 points adrift with 18 points. Majestic have yet to be defeated this season and have won the ADASL 1st division the last 2 seasons in a row.

Current ADASL 2018-19 League Standings

The winner of this match will have a major advantage going into the 2nd part of the season in the league title race. Added to that, the Revs Reserves are also hot in the race in 3rd place on 16 points with a game in hand to the 1st and 2nd place teams.

Majestic has the experience but VaHi seem to be regaining their early season form with last week’s win against Shahin Atlanta FC. To the neutrals and supporters of both teams, this is setting up to be the match of the season so far with huge title implications.

The match will be played at 1pm at Maynard Jackson High School at 801 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. Attendance and parking are FREE to the public with plenty of comfortable seating for all in attendance. Why not come out to see highest level of amateur soccer in the region?

A look back at last season’s 2nd match against Majestic:

 

VaHi ATLetic FC 1 – GA Rev Reserves 2

VaHi ATLetic FC’s hearts were broken in the 2nd league match in a row when a late goal by ADASL opponent’s Georgia Revolution Reserves doomed the Virginia Highland’s club to it’s 2nd successive league loss by the score of 2-1.

The Revs Reserves, who brought a vocal following of supporters, fought back from a 1st half VaHi goal from Ehjayson Henry to score two 2nd half goals, both by Clayton Adams, to doom VaHi to the defeat. The result means that the Revs remain locked in a neck-in-neck battle with league leaders Majestic while VaHi lose ground in their bid to challenge for the league this year.

The match started brightly enough for VaHi as they had the early running and possession in the match. The VaHi midfield held strongly in the early going and VaHi had the majority of attacking chances while soaking up the Rev counters with confidence.

Ehjayson Henry opened the scoring today with a striker’s goal.

This playing advantage gave VaHi the early lead when a through ball released Ehjayson Henry on a run deep in the Revs half where he expertly dispatched to give ATLetic the lead 1-0. That was the score going into the half.

In the 2nd half the Revs Reserves came alive and took the majority of possession as well as chances on VaHi goal. This increased pressure bore fruit midway through the 2nd half from a free kick from distance. Clayton Adams did the honors as he got the ball around the defensive wall and beyond the reach of VaHi goalkeeper, Bradley Bugg to equalize.

Clayton Adams was effective enough with a brace of goals to give Revs the victory.

The goal only increased the impetus from Revs as they now took command of the match while VaHI seemed to have lost a step as they attempted to soak up the Revs new attacking pressure.

VaHi were doing a good job holding the Revs increased attacks while attempting to hit on the counter and it looked as if a draw was on the cards, but that would change late on in the half.

After a good VaHi move forward was repelled by the Revs defense, a long ball finally unlocked the resolute VaHi back line and once again, Adams was on the score sheet with an expertly taken goal and a very late lead 2-1.

VaHi increased their own pressure in the closing minutes with several good chances to score but to no avail. The final whistle would blow confirming the bad news of another loss for VaHi and now the tough task for the boys from Virginia Highlands to turn things around to renew their challenge for the league this season.

Next match for VaHi is against MOBA Reserves at MOBA stadium on December 9th at 1pm. Attendance is FREE to the public.

VaHi ATLetic FC 1 – 2 Terminus FC

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.

Not the prettiest of games, but good enough for Terminus to come away with the 3pts.

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.

VaHi ATLetic FC Keep Pace With Victory

VAHi ATLetic FC continue their fine form from the start of the 2018-19 ADASL season with a thoroughly dominate performance as they ran out 6-3 winners against their D1 opponents Wings Premier.  Goals by Afolabi, Cruz, Robinson (2), Adeniyi and Ehjayson Henry; Assists by Shane DoblesRafael Martinez, Henry, Dong and Adeniyi (2); [MOTM Adeniyi and Marques Mayoras]

Smiles All Around As VaHi March Toward Another Victory

In other club news, at 2 pm the #VAHiOldBoys defeated MOBA Soccer Academy (D2) side by 3-0; Goals by MOTM Wilf Tchoupa; Assists by Ortiz and the Niang brothers. Clean sheet: Adolphson.

VaHi ATLetic FC 1 – 1 FC Stone Mountain

VaHi ATLetic FC may feel disappointed to only come away with a point from a game from which they would have expected more. Fresh from a good showing in the previous week’s Ronaldinho Cup, there was hope of a continuation of form against bottom of the table club, FC Stone Mountain. But the men from Stone Mountain had other plans as they put in a determined effort to earn a point from the game.

FC Stone Mountain came into this match yet to have earned a point from 2 games where as ATLetic had come into the match with 4 pts after an opening day win against Atlanta Generals FC and a hard fought draw against Seas Jamaica FC. In a season where points and position will mean everything, both of these clubs will have wanted maximum points to keep hope alive for a league title and advancement to the nationals.

Jonathan Leo Comes Close With A Leaping Header

VaHi started brightly in the first half dominating possession but a little slow on pulling the trigger on the substantial chances in the Stone Mountain final third.  A number of gilt edge chances were for naught as VaHi worked and worked for the opener, but failed to make a mark in the entire first half.

Stone Mountain were on the back foot for most of the 1st half with a few chances on the break, but no real threat in the half. The clubs went in to the half time break scoreless.

The second half saw a more resurgent Stone Mountain as they picked up the pace and became more threatening on the move forward. Though the pressure was mounting from FC, the first goal came from a penalty to VaHi after a foul in the box early in the 2nd half. Juan Pablo Cruz stepped up to put VaHi ahead 1-0.

But shortly afterward, VaHi seemed frozen when a looping free kick from Stone Mountain midfielder, Chad Marshall floated over everyone and first bounced off the left upright before bouncing off the VaHi keeper, Cesar Abreu and into the back of the net for the shock equalizer.

Chad Wallace celebrates scoring FC Stone Mountain’s equalizer

The score seemed to rattle VaHi momentarily and Stone Mountain tightened up defensively to protect the draw and to try to strike back on any breaks they could create. Both teams huffed and puffed in the oppressive heat of the day, but no further scoring was to come and the match ended all level at 1-1.

The result meant that VaHi would fall from 2nd place to 4th in the league table but FC Stone Mountain would grab a valuable 1st point in their league campaign and possibly a boost to their subsequent matches.

2nd Annual Ronaldinho Cup Of Atlanta

VaHi ATLetic FC is taking a break from the normal league program and will be participating in the 2nd Annual Ronaldinho Cup of Atlanta on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27 at Lake Point Sports Complex. It’s a contest between the very best non-professional soccer teams in the southeast United States.

$15,000 in prizes is on offer for the best performers on the weekend. Organized by TTF SportGroup, this competition is an opportunity for wider exposure for it’s participants but also a way to help any club grow by winning the ultimate prize in the tournament.

Tournament Format:
The 2nd Ronaldinho Cup of Atlanta will consist of 32 non-professional teams. Teams will be randomly placed in six (6) or (8) groups of four (4) with the top teams in each group advancing to the quarter finals.

The two best second-placed teams (in a 20/24-team format, see Wildcard rules below) will also advance to the quarter-finals. Quarter final draws will be based on each teams general ranking based on their group performance. For more information on the tournament, click here!

Seas Jamaica FC 1 – 1 VaHi ATLetic FC

On a sweltering hot afternoon, VaHi ATLetic FC and Seas Jamaica FC played to a 1-1 draw at Southeast Athletic Complex in Lithonia Georgia (Metro Atlanta) in what can be judged as a fair result on the balance of play on the day. This was VaHi’s 2nd match of the league program after a successful 2-1 win the previous week against Atlanta Generals FC, whereas Seas lost a hard fought match against defending champions Yardaz FC the previous week. Both teams were keen for success going into this match to either start or maintain competitive momentum in the league.

Juan Cruz In Action Against Seas Jamaica FC

The skill level was high from both clubs, but it was VaHi that had the early play controlling the midfield and with the lion’s share of early chances. This let to a goal from newly promoted player, Juan Pablo Cruz after good approach play and VaHi had the early lead at 1-0.

VaHi continued to have more control of the match after that goal, coming very close to another goal from Metsantika Mokgoatsana when he hit the bar after beating his marker. Later, Juan Cruz almost got a 2nd but missed just off target which left the lead at a thin 1-0 midway through the half.

This squandering of VaHi chances was to be punished when Sea’s wrestled possession into the VaHI box and Seas forward, Jeffery Anyada, forced a half chance off VaHi Keeper Bradley Bugg and into the back of the net for the equalizer at 1-1. The match would remain that score into the halftime break.

Oscar Cruz A Solid Performer On The Day

Though both goals came in the first half, the entire match featured entertaining action, pace and to some degree, drama, as tempers flared from time to time though the play on the pitch remained within acceptable boundaries. The refereeing squad had their hands full keeping things under control which they were able to accomplish.

Seas made adjustments and raised their game and passions in the 2nd half and wrestled control of the match from VaHi but they could not make any traction in the final third of the pitch due to the solid play from the VaHi number 1, Bradley Bugg and his back-line that at times bent but never broke in the 2nd half.

The match was played at a high pace and the growing crowd and Caribbean atmosphere added to the play on the pitch but the match would end with both teams sharing a point with the 1-1 full-time result.

Man Of The Match Juan Pablo Cruz

The result did give Seas their first point of the young season and VaHi remain in 1st position on 4 pts from 6, having played a game more than all but Seas in the division, All teams remain contenders within the division which arguable has no weak teams which has been the reputation for the Caribbean Division in the region. This will be a hard fought 1st season in the UPSL (United Premier Soccer League) and entertaining for the supporters and curious neutrals that come out to watch the action.

Goal scorer Juan Pablo Cruz was deemed VaHi ATLetic’s Man Of The Match getting his first ever goal for the 1st team but there were notable performances from several players in the squad as the coaching staff now look forward to a week away from the Caribbean Division to play in the prestigious Ronaldinho Cup on the coming weekend.

VaHi ATLetic FC Start New Season With A Win

VaHi ATLetic FC started their UPSL adventure with a 2-1 win over Atlanta Generals to start the season in the Atlanta Caribbean Division with a win. Two second half goals overcame a Generals goal from early in the 1st half to grab all 3 points on the day.

Goals from Marques Mayoras and Oscar Cruz were the difference to give VaHi the first ever win in this competition and kicked off opening day for the league in a positive manner from the VaHi point of view.

The match itself was a tale of 2 halves with Atlanta Generals with most of the possession in the first half and VaHi chasing the game. This possession paid dividends on 9 minutes when a high looping pass fell behind the VaHi back-line but within reach of Generals forward, Harou Mawin who slotted past Cesar Hernández Abreu in the VaHi goal for an early 1-0 lead.

Oscar Cruz had an effective impact in the match today!

Generals continued to have the lion’s share of possession for the balance of the half but found it difficult to produce much in the final third going into the break.

Man Of The Match, Marques Mayoras (1 assist & 1 goal)

The second half saw a drastic change in the VaHi energy level and commitment as they pressed Generals and became threatening in their own right as chances now were being produced with dividends. Early in the 2nd half, Marques Mayoras was released behind the Generals defense by Juan Pablo Cruz with a perfectly weighted through pass which was pushed pass the Generals keeper to draw the game level.

Later in the half, VaHi’s dominance was rewarded with a 2nd, this time from Oscar Cruz who was led through by a pass from Marques Mayoras and finally fired on goal and gave no chance to the General’s keeper and VaHi had completed the comeback with their 2nd goal in the match.

VaHi’s defense and midfield pressure did the rest to kill off the game earning VaHi a valuable first win in the league’s first match of the season.

A New Season Begins in the UPSL

VaHi ATLetic Football Club is about to make history by competing in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) this spring and summer of 2018. Competition in the UPSL is unique in the landscape of soccer in the United States.

The UPSL is the only organized adult level soccer league that practices a true form of promotion and relegation to advance up the competitive soccer pyramid.

The league also is open to all teams that meet a set of specific criteria giving all an opportunity to participate and advance.

This arrangement began in 2017 and currently has 2 main division levels: Pro Premier and Championship. Between the 2 divisions, the league is boasting a total of over 100 member clubs in nineteen different states.

Over the next few seasons, the league is expected to grow, including new teams from grass roots levels all the way up to a nationwide professional level following the pattern and design of football found throughout the world.

Running concurrently to the regular season, The Admiral Cup is an exciting single-elimination tournament involving 26 clubs both in and out of the UPSL. This could be compared to England’s FA Cup in principle.

The UPSL is a National Affiliate of the United States Adult Soccer Association within the larger United States Soccer League System. Each team in the league is independently owned and operated and plays two seasons each calendar year providing a competitive league platform for players seeking to play at higher levels. Today, the league is the fastest growing of it’s kind in the United States!

UPSL Pro Premier Clubs Currently slated for 2018 Action (click to enlarge)

UPSL Championship Division which includes the Atlanta Caribbean Division for 2018! (click to enlarge)

One of the most famous personalities from the UPSL is former U.S. Men’s National team player, Eric Wynalda who managed the L.A. Wolves FC in 2017 and finished top of the Western Conference, Pro Premier in that same year.

The division that VaHi ATLetic will be playing in will be the Atlanta Caribbean Soccer Division which already has the reputation as one of the most competitive amateur leagues in the region. Joining the UPSL is a commitment of intent as the league’s main goal is to provide a platform for players, coaches, and sponsors to fulfill their highest potential in association with the sport of soccer.

League president Wesley Graham has the stated mission to link soccer to the rest of the world by developing all aspects of the sport and exposing the community to the highest level of the game.

Mr. Wesley Graham President NCL

“We continue to support soccer in our community as a medium to enhance our young people’s confidence and leadership skills, and to contribute to a brighter future for our communities and respective countries. We place great emphasis on education as demonstrated through the scholarships we have awarded to high school and college students over the years.”

All games will be played at Southeast Athletic Complex in Lithonia Georgia of the greater Metro Atlanta area. A Full schedule of games for the 2018 Spring season can be found by clicking here!

Admission and parking are free so this is a great opportunity for all to experience a high level of amateur soccer in an affordable way for the entire family. Stay tuned for more!