Discoveries home again, at last

bmccormick@heraldonline.comJune 17, 2014 

  • NPSL South Atlantic Conference standings

    Upward Stars541012
    Myrtle Beach Mutiny52217
    FC Carolina Discoveries52306
    Carolina Railhawks U-23s51225
    Gate City FC41214

    Note: Three points for a win, one for a tie, none for a loss

More than a month after its home debut, FC Carolina Discoveries will play its second NPSL soccer game at Manchester Meadows on Wednesday night against Gate City FC, out of Greensboro, N.C.

Discoveries are 2-3, having won two of their last three games, and are excited to be back in front of a home crowd for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, especially as interest in soccer has again been piqued by the ongoing World Cup.

“We’re anticipating a good crowd,” said Discoveries head coach David Carton. “There’s a bit of soccer mania going on right now, and I’d like to think that everyone who has spent some time in front of the TV watching some great stuff so far, could come out and see some great live stuff as well.

“If there’s one thing we’ve shown so far,” he added, with a roll of his eyes, “it’s that we’ll entertain, it’s never a dull game.”

Discoveries were thrashed 4-1 two weeks ago by Upward Stars, out of Spartanburg, but rebounded with a solid performance in a 1-0 win over Gate City FC last Saturday at Jamieson Stadium.

Fort Mill’s Connor Agnew burst down the left flank and found Thiago Andrade in the box for the only goal of the match, within the first 10 minutes.

“The first goal was very good,” said Carton. “It was the first involvement for Thiago and Connor Agnew did very, very well down the left wing, very well. He was tenacious going forward, got the ball in the box and Thiago finished it well. That’s what we’ve been missing, an early goal.”

Gate City later clanged the cross bar with a free kick but Discoveries held out for the club’s second win of the season. Carton was pleased with his team’s organization defensively and its ability to control the tempo.

Discoveries did lose centerback Kyle Kennedy to a broken nose early in the game. The Winthrop player’s beak was slightly swollen on Monday and his return is uncertain, meaning there will be a new starter in Carton’s back line Wednesday. Expect Gate City to target that perceived weakness.

“The honeymoon period is over,” said Carton. “We’re an established club now and there’s no more ‘it’s your first year.’ Results are starting to be expected now.”

Bret McCormick •  803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T

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