DeKALB - In its winless first season, Chicago Athletic had only scored three goals in nine games entering Saturday’s Midwest Premier League clash against the DeKalb County United.
Although the United scored in the first 11 minutes, Sergio Reyes scored twice for Athletic to give the club its first win of the year.
“They were hungrier than we were. There’s no secret about that,” Gecan said. “They wanted to win more. [Reyes], you could see it in his eyes. He was going to get some goals. We didn’t have a guy that wanted it that much today unfortunately. Hopefully that will change going forward.”
United fell to 2-7-1 while Athletic improved to 1-9 with one league game left for each team.
Gecan said United struggled on the attack most of the game.
“Panicky. Probably the best word to describe it,” Gecan said. “Forcing it in situations it didn’t need to be forced. Getting it to the outside and work our way in. I think we only had two or three corners by the end of the game, zero in the first half. We didn’t attack that as much as we should have.”
Athletic tied things up in the 60th minute, with Chris Townsell finding Reyes on a perfect cross. In the 77th minute, Reyes struck again with a diving header. United players indicated they wanted an offsides call, but none came from the refs.
United controlled the ball in the final seven minutes, about four of which were extra time. A Nick Geising cross found Austin Feltner, but his header was wrapped up by Athletic goalie Elias Rojas.
Feltner started the scoring for United, getting the ball off a Luigi Marquez free kick and putting it home for a 1-0 lead.
“Luigi put in a good ball, Austin was hungry and ran in and got a foot on it,” Gecan said. “He just finished it. Beautiful set play goal.”
After a friendly on Tuesday, United closes the season at home August 1 against the Rockford Raptors, having beaten them earlier in the year.
“That was their first win of the season. They have nowhere to go but up,” Gecan said. “Now we got knocked down so maybe it can be a reality check for us. We have a couple games left ... and people have to fight. You have to want it more than the other team.”
Gecan said he hopes the team can turn it around.
“The fans and the volunteers and the board at DKCU deserved better than what just happened today and pretty much this whole season,” Gecan said. “Hopefully it will be better moving forward.”