At Vogt Recreation Center on Friday, September 22nd, an early season interleague matchup took place between Franklin Towne Charter of the Philadelphia Public League and New Foundations Charter of the Penn Jersey League.
FTC entered the match 4-1, with a perfect league record of 4-0. Their only loss came against Archbishop Ryan, one of the top teams from the Philadelphia Catholic League, in another crossover game earlier this month. In 2016, FTC lost to Northeast in the Public League semi final, with NE going on to win the championship.
Pat Heaney, head coach of FTC, noted that his squad is a young team with just four seniors and 14 returnees. Heaney is in his fourth year as head coach, and is hoping for another shot at the Pub semi and possibly the final. FTC is led by captain Mike Schram, a senior sweeper. He is supported by teammates Jack Flanagan, Evan Ekert, John Simpson, Josh Gilborges (injured currently) and Colin Madgey. Madgey is a big strong center mid that recently transferred in from Roman Catholic, a traditional soccer power house program. He should add talent, along with a high skill set, to an already quality laden squad.
On the other side, NFC is coached by Nick Miller Good, who is in his third year. Coming in to this match at 6-2 overall, and 2-0 in league, his team has lots of weapons. Also young with four seniors, NFC will rely on underclassmen as the Penn Jersey competition goes into full gear very soon. Top players are goalkeeper Cullen Moran, striker Sean McDowell and Aleksander Jazaj, a center mid.
FTC struck early in the 18th minute with a goal by Liam Graves off a nice pass from Evan Eckart. NFC tied the game at the 39th minute with Edward Kuhlmeier after he fired a quick shot in past John Simpson, who was in the goal for FTC as a replacement for the injured Josh Gilborges. That was the only scoring in a tightly played first half.
Early in the second half, at the 45th minute, FTC made it 2-0 with another goal by Liam Graves. This was scored on a very nicely placed direct free kick after a hard contact foul. Five minutes later, the final goal for FTC was scored by transfer Madgey, who made his presence known throughout the contest using his size to his advantage.
Both teams benefitted from this cross league match with a spirited contest. They should be in the thick of their league competition throughout the season.