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Match Report | Cleveland SC vs Erie Commodores FC

Cleveland SC vs. Erie Commodores FC
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Cleveland SC Secures Thrilling Comeback Win Against Erie Commodores FC

After a tough road loss to Akron City FC, Cleveland SC looked to rebound with a home win against Erie Commodores FC. The rain ceased just before kickoff on Wednesday, June 26th, in North Olmsted, Ohio, at Drive Morris Stadium.

Cleveland SC made a few changes to the starting lineup, with Ryan Polling, Chris Cvecko, Sean Wilson, and Ryan Sommerfeld earning their spots. The match started strong for Cleveland SC, with Stanislav Koval’s corner kick in the 7th minute finding Daniel Tregansin, who crossed the ball to Alexandru Rumleanschi for an easy knock in, putting Cleveland up 1-0.

Shortly after, Ryan Sommerfeld narrowly missed a header off a Julian Pellegrini cross. Jordan Lewis received the first yellow card of the game for blocking a Commodores counterattack.

Erie Commodores FC equalized with a long ball over the top that Harrison Watts chased down, dribbled past Ryan Polling, and slotted into the goal to make it 1-1. Despite opportunities, including a blocked shot from Julian Pellegrini after a defensive miscued clearance, the score remained level. Just before halftime, Erie took the lead with a counterattack off a Cleveland free-kick, as James Lee Yaw slotted the ball into the bottom corner, making it 2-1.

Cleveland SC made two substitutions at the start of the second half, bringing on Jaden Wright and Logan Penton for Sean Wilson and Ryan Sommerfeld. Within 27 seconds, Cleveland SC won a penalty after an Erie handball in the box. Stanislav Koval converted, putting the ball into the bottom left corner to level the score at 2-2.

Stanislav Koval of Cleveland SC
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In the 55th minute, Cleveland had a prime chance to take the lead, but Logan Penton placed the ball over the bar after a pass from Cvecko broke the defensive line. Uleto Fuentes received a yellow card after a challenge where he won the ball but showed his studs.

Cleveland continued to press, with Koval’s low pass in the 63rd minute finding Pellegrini, but he couldn’t generate enough power in his shot. Ethan Jacobs came on for Julian Pellegrini in the 70th minute.

Erie won a penalty in the 73rd minute after an alleged handball by Ethan Jacobs. However, Ryan Polling made a huge save, diving to his right to keep the score at 2-2. Moments later, a quick build-up play led to Jaden Wright crossing to Stanislav Koval, who fired the ball into the net, making it 3-2.

In the 90th minute, Alexandru Rumleanchi had to come off due to injury and was replaced by Tapiwa Mushonga. Jaden Wright received a yellow card for a missed tackle, Cleveland’s third of the match. Erie's Ignacio Gallego also received a yellow card for dissent. Lucas Oliveira came on for Stanislav Koval in stoppage time. Ryan Polling collected the ball off a cross, marking the final action of the game.

Cleveland SC achieved a comeback win, defeating Erie Commodores FC 3-2. This victory improves our record to 5-0-3, maintaining a fourth-place standing. It's a significant win that boosts the team's confidence as we prepare to face Michigan Rangers FC at North Olmsted High School on Friday, June 28th, at 7 PM.

Alexandru Rumleanschi and Jordan Lewis celebrate
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