June 14, 2010—3:18 p.m. EST
BETHLEHEM, Pa.—On a pictuesque Friday night at Lehigh University’s Ulrich Soccer Stadium, FC Sonic Lehigh Valley improved to 4-0 on the regular season and claimed sole possession of first place in the Northeast Keystone Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), capitalizing on a late penalty to beat Buffalo FC (1-2) 1-0.
FC Sonic controlled possession through much of the game, but found themselves pressing late in the game for the difference maker. “The boys played really well defensively tonight,” said Sonic coach Dave Weitzman. “I thought we did some really good things and built up play in our middle third of the field but we struggled with creativity and finishing inside the attacking third. We’ll have to pay more attention to these things in the coming weeks but I’m really proud of our guys for keeping their composure and never quitting. In the NPSL, games are often won in the final moments and tonight was one of those nights.”
Nearing the end of a game that appeared headed for a draw, FC Sonic’s Carlington Lamont claimed ball possession near midfield and beat two Buffalo defenders before putting a neatly timed through ball to Hunter Norton. Norton took the first touch towards goal with only open space and the Buffalo keeper, Dan Panaro, in front of him. As Norton took his next touch, Panaro came off his line, but missed the ball and took Norton down inside the box for the penalty kick.
In front of a frenzied crowd of over 600 FC Sonic supporters, including AYSC, MIDWAY MANOR and FC LEHIGH players who were special guests at the match, Lamont calmly took the penalty kick and beat the Buffalo keeper for his fourth goal of the season.
On Tuesday evening, FC Sonic travels to Maryland to play the Red Devils at Howard County Community College. The Sonic hit the road again for Saturday’s return leg against Buffalo followed by a clash with the Erie Admirals on Sunday. FC Sonic return home on Saturday, June 26, when they host Maryland in a 7:30 pm start at the Ulrich Soccer Stadium.