Under the warm amber glow of the October sun, NC Battalion kicked off their fall development season yesterday at Del Norte High School. When the men in black faced Temecula FC earlier this year in June, their dominance was evident winning decisively against a division rival. On Sunday, it was more of the same as they cruised to a 5-0 victory.
“Yesterday’s match was a great way to kick-off the fall season. We were able to see some of our new players make tremendous contributions, as well as our results,” said Coach Sergio Palafox. Battalion went into halftime up 1-0 after Eric Lopez scored the first goal. Similar to the last matchup, the onslaught of goals started shortly after the second half began. Blake Milton scored his first of two goals. Capping off a 9-minute scoring blitz were newcomer Armand Bagramyan with two of his own and Milton with his 2nd to make it 5-0. “There’s a lot of room for improvement still and the coaching staff is hard at work addressing our areas of growth,” said Palafox, as he prepares for tonight’s training session.
The coaches had goalkeeper duties split between newcomer Drew Desser, who had previously played at Cal State San Marcos, and James Stroud, spring season’s leading man in goal. “I know we can score in numbers, but we need to make sure we don’t concede too many goals as well. We started off with a clean sheet which is one of my biggest goals for the team,” said Palafox.
Looking ahead to October 9, Battalion will now focus their attention on the Sockers, San Diego’s indoor soccer team. Palafox commented, “We’re playing for a great cause and the team is looking forward to it. It will be an exciting match for the fans and we’re hoping to continue to build on our dynamic playing style to put on a good game.”
The game will take place at Del Norte High School with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Challenged Atheletes Foundation. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for kids 5-17 years old and children under 5 years old are FREE. Click here to get your tickets for the October 9th matchup.