2013 Summer Season

DERRICK, COLIN, PETER LEAD THE WAY IN SEASON FINAL STATS

Derrick Johnson, Colin Attarian and Peter Engler led United in both scoring and assisting over the Summer II season.  Derrick took the scoring title for the third consecutive season with nine while Peter scored 5 and Colin chipped in 4, the most for Colin since the 2010 season. Change the order and you'll have the assist leaders.  Colin led the way with nine, including six in one game, followed by Derrick with six and Peter with four.
Derrick Johnson, Colin Attarian and Peter Engler led United in both scoring and assisting over the Summer II season. Derrick took the scoring title for the third consecutive season with nine goals while Peter scored five and Colin chipped in four, the most for Colin since the 2010 season.
Change the order and you’ll have the assist leaders. Colin led the way with nine, including six in one game, followed by Derrick with six and Peter with four.

PARTING SHOTS:  UNITED OUTGUNS MUNICH ONE FINAL TIME
In a season filled with “what if’s” United outscored XL Munich in the final game of the indoor season and possibly United’s final game.  Again down multiple players, United struck first as Peter Engler scored off of a Derrick Johnson cross.  Johnson scored next when Colin Attarian banged a cross off of the wall and Johnson put it in the back of the net.  Munich scored to cut the lead to 2-1 before Engler scored his second goal on the night, again off of an Attarian assist.  Munich scored again, keeping within a goal, but Nicholas McCullers answered with another United goal, again assisted by Attarian.  United finished off the scoring when J.B. Velasquez, playing for injured brother Franc, scored off of a McCullers pass.  United took a 5-2 lead into half due in part to a strong defensive effort from goalie Patrick Hoffman, Engler, Chris Brown, Ethan Sheflin and McCullers.

United kept the scoring up in the second half when Brown scored off of another Attarian pass.  Colin had five assists on the night.  But Munich would not go quietly, scoring the next two goals before Derrick Johnson intercepted a pass and buried it in the back of the net.  Engler scored the third goal of his hat trick when Johnson assisted, just like in the first half.  United’s final goal came off of Nicholas McCullers’ foot, again assisted by Attarian.

Munich would score one final goal but it wasn’t enough.  United long-time teammates Attarian, Brown, Johnson, McCullers, Sheflin and Hoffman poisoned out the last minute of the season, and possibly the team, in United’s 10th year.  United finishes playing up in the high school  division 2-2-1 and a forfeit.  Derrick Johnson again took the scoring title while Colin Attarian ran away with the assister’s trophy.  The final game was filmed and will be on hsunited.wordpress.com early in the week.

MAKESHIFT UNITED FALLS TO BENGAL TIGER

Zach Engler moves in for United's first goal on the night.
Zach Engler moves in for United’s first goal on the night.

If there have been two consistent themes in United’s foray into high school-level soccer, they’ve been lack of consistency in who’s wearing the red j

ersey and a very consistent roster for the opposing team.  United, without five rostered members and who hasn’t been able to field a full team all season, faced a Bengal Tiger team with a lot of familiar faces.  Without the usual chemistry that’s been a United trademark, the Bengal Tiger ripped through the United defense in the first half, scoring five unanswered goals en route to a 5-0 halftime lead and a lead that could have been 10-0 if it wasn’t for several saves by United keeper Patrick Hoffman.

United’s goal was to win the second half against a team which it had already beaten this season.  Griffin Payne stepped into goal and the Engler brothers took charge on the field.  A week after scoring against United, Zach Engler joined the team and scored the first goal when Ethan Sheflin, back in red for the first time this season, sent a pass down the line.  Peter Engler worked with Sheflin, Franc Velasquez and Nicholas McCullers, who arrived at halftime, to solidify the defense in front of Payne.  Colin Attarian fed the ball to Derrick Johnson, who scored the first of his goals on the night

and cut the lead to 5-2.  A moment later Johnson scored again, off of an Engler pass to cut it to 5-3.  The Bengal Tiger scored two more goals to put it 7-3 before Colin Attarian broke in and beat the keeper to make it 7-4.  Shortly after the Bengal Tiger scored on a quick free kick to make it 8-

4.  United almost answered on the play with a long shot that just went over the goal in a game which had the potential to get out of hand.

United’s final game is against rival XL Munich on Friday.

ALL SQUARE:  UNITED, PAPA LOU’S DRAW
United used a multi-goal effort by Derrick Johnson, strong goal tending by Patrick Hoffman and an elastic defense to tie Papa Lou’s Friday night. United, unbeaten against Papa Lou’s (3-0) all-time, struck first in a  game that had everything, including a controversial Papa Lou’s goal, brothers playing against each other and a Colin Attarian game winning shot being saved by the Papa Lou’s keeper at the buzzer.

Franc Velasquez started the scoring when he found Derrick Johnson making a run through the box.  Velasquez’s pass found Johnson in stride for an easy conversion.  But Papa Lou’s, bolstered by several guest players, struck back, scoring the next two before Velasquez fired three shots in a

Derrick Johnson dribbles toward goal.  Derrick had two goals and an assist on the night.
Derrick Johnson dribbles toward goal. Derrick had two goals and an assist on the night.

row to tie the game. The first went off of the boards to the right.  The second off of the wood directly above the goal and the third finally in the net as Velasquez out-hustled  the Papa Lou’s defense to each rebound.  The game remained tied through half.

The second half saw United jump on top again when Colin Attarian and Sam Sanger switched off, enabling Sam to continue his run and find Nicholas McCullers for the go-ahead goal.  It was then Papa Lou’s turn to fire several shots on net but Patrick

Colin Attarian and Patrick Hoffman discuss a shot at halftime.
Colin Attarian and Patrick Hoffman discuss a shot at halftime.

Hoffman was up to the challenge, stopping all in a series, before Papa Lou’s, led by Peter Engler’s brother, scored two to go ahead, with the last one just getting enough across the goal line for the referee to award the goal. Peter went to work on shutting down his brother and, with the help of Martin Benitez, Chris brown, Griffin Payne and Sanger, that was the end of the Papa Lou’s scoring.

In the final minutes Sanger sprung Derrick for his second goal of the night to bring United back to within one.  Johnson fed Velasquez for the equalizer.

In the final seconds Johnson sent a cross that found Colin Attarian, but the ball was about two feed off of the ground.  Colin still managed to send it on net for what would be the game winner but the keeper made the save as time expired.

BALLED OVER:  UNITED FALLS TO BLUE BALLERS
Each week this season United spotted its opponent two goals before rallying to take the lead.  So when United fell behind by two midway through the first half there wasn’t panic.  But tonight’s game was against the Blue Ballers, United’s first full-fledged high school-level opponent, and despite solid goal tending from Patrick Hoffman and good defense from Franc Velasquez, Peter Engler, Nicholas McCullers and Griffin Payne, United surrendered a third goal before getting on the score sheet.  Nico Gutierrez scored off of an intercepted pass to cut the lead to 3-1.  But the Ballers kept coming and ran out to a 5-1 halftime lead.

United lacked height against the much bigger Blue Ballers, but came to life in the second half.
United lacked height against the much bigger Blue Ballers, but came to life in the second half.

The second half started much the same way that the first half was going and the Ballers extended the lead to 6-1 before United settled down.  Colin Attarian scored from a Derrick Johnson pass and then, moments later, Velasquez scored off of an Attarian pass.  United went on the power play but couldn’t convert.  After the power play, Attarian and Gutierrez, shut out last week against Munich, hooked up again as Attarian fed Gutierrez for his second goal and United had cut the lead to 6-4.

The Ballers won possession for most of the night and created many chances in front of the United net.  One chance bounced off of a United player and into the net.  The own goal put the Ballers up for the final score of 7-4.

“I couldn’t see for a lot of the shots,” United goalie Patrick Hoffman said.  “One of their fowards was always screening me.”

“I liked the physical play,” said Colin Attarian.  “This was better than some of the games where we have blown teams ou

Nico Gutierrez goes in to challenge the Baller defense as Nicholas McCullers looks on.
Nico Gutierrez goes in to challenge the Baller defense as Nicholas McCullers looks on.

t.”

Colin was involved in both the plays that led to the power play and one that could have created a penalty kill.  Toward the end of the first half he boarded a Baller player but just had to be subbed out.  Attarian drew a foul in the second half.

“One of their players came at me at full speed and I went down.”

“We didn’t get it tonight but we’ll see them again,” said Nicholas McCullers, who anchored the defense.  United’s defense, under fire for a good portion of the night, was without several players, but hung in the game.  United, 1-1-1, faces XL Lion Friday night.

COMEBACK KIDS:  UNITED COMES FROM BEHIND TO TIE MUNICH
For the second week in a row United found itself down by two before the game was 10 minutes old.  This time, it was against a stacked XL Munich team that came to play and United had its hands full.

It was a tale of two lines on offense.  Colin Attarian and Nico Gutierrez generated chances but couldn’t convert.  Andrew McClain was back on United after a year absence and instantly clicked with Derrick Johnson as the two combined for all of United’s goals.  McClain struck first, taking an advantage of an aggressive Munich goalie that came far out of the box to score off of a Brendan Boyd clearance.  Derrick Johnson scored the equalizer from newcomer Griffin Payne.  The game was tied at half in large part due to the play of Patrick Hoffman, who made several key saves to keep United in it, and due to clearances and timely tackles by defenders Franc Velasquez, Boyd, Payne and Chris Brown, back on the field after an injury that has kept him off of it since March.

The second half saw United score two more, making it four unanswered, as McClain and Johnson hooked up for a pair of goals, the first on a power play. But just as in previous games with Munich, they responded, scoring three unanswered in a back and fourth game.  Late in the game, McClain scored his third goal, tying the game.  Munich had one final chance on a breakaway that Hoffman came out and made the save.

United is 1-0-1 and has its first-ever match with the Blue Ballers next Friday.

United is unbeaten all-time versus XL Munich, going 3-0 over the last several seasons.  The games have traditionally concluded the season but this year the two teams square off early on.  The first time the teams met it was a battle for second place.  Munich ran out to a 3-1 lead before United came back, ultimately winning, 5-4 in a back and fourth battle.  Last season United ran out to a 5-1 lead and went on to win, 10-2.  Watch the goals from that game in the video above.

WHERE THEY STAND:  WEEK 1
There are three unbeaten teams after week one.  Joining United at the top of the table are XL Lion and Papa Lou’s.  Lion owns the tiebreaker by virtue of scoring 10 against the Blue Ballers.  Papa Lou’s edged out XL Munich, United’s next opponent.  United will be without Peter Engler and Sam Weaver for the match with Munich, but will add Andrew McClain, Griffin Payne and long time defender Chris Brown.  The complete standings are here.

TAMING THE TIGERS: UNITED STARTS OFF 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON WITH A WIN
United entered the summer II season with a win over the reigning champion of the high school division, the Bengal Tiger, 6-4.  United began play in the fall, 2003, and four players that were on that team started the match against Bengal Tiger:  Colin Attarian, Logan Harris, Patrick Hoffman and Nicholas McCullers.  Early on in the game it was Patrick Hoffman that had the biggest impact, making acrobatic save after save to thwart the Tiger attack.  Even

Original pairing:  Colin Attarian's shot brings down the keeper and a defender while Logan Harris looks on.  Colin and Logan played for the original United team in 2003 and started to kick off United's 10th anniversary season.
Original pairing: Colin Attarian’s shot brings down the keeper and a defender while Logan Harris looks on. Colin and Logan played for the original United team in 2003 and started to kick off United’s 10th anniversary season.

with Patrick’s efforts, the Tigers converted twice and took a 2-0 lead.  United didn’t panic, and McCullers passed to Colin Attarian who drove in United’s first goal of the season.  Brendan Boyd was back with United after a year’s absence and made his presence known as soon as he took the field, scoring from long-time United attacker Nico Gutierrez to tie the game, and then scoring on a shot that was just inside of the two-line rule to put United up, 3-2.  The lead was one that United would never relinquish, but the team was pressed for the rest of the night.

United went up by two when Abdul Elmorsi passed to Derrick Johnson.  Johnson chipped the ball over the Tiger keeper for the goal, but the Tiger would answer, cutting the lead to 5-4 at half.

The second half saw Boyd score the third goal of his hat trick, off of a Johnson pass.  That was followed by another Tiger goal and that score held for most of the second half before Harris passed to Attarian for his second goal.  The Tiger answered again and was pushing for the equalizer late in the second half before United newcomer Peter Engler crossed to Johnson, who put the game out of reach with his second goal.

The United defense, led by Boyd, McCullers, Harris, Elmorsi, Sam Sanger and newcomer Franc Velasquez, along with Hoffman, rose to the occasion keeping the Bengal Tiger off of the board the rest of the night.  United is 1-0 and faces a familiar opponent, XL Munich, Friday night.

United kicks off its 10th season tonight when it faces indoor power Bengal Tiger.  The season begins at 9PM on XL 1.
United kicks off its 10th season tonight when it faces indoor power Bengal Tiger. The season begins at 9PM on XL 1.

HERE WE GO!  UNITED ENTERS ITS 10TH YEAR WITH THE SUMMER SEASON!
United took to the field for the first time in August, 2003.  10 years later and the team is still at it, facing Bengal Tiger, the second place team from Summer I and high school league mainstay.  Other teams on the schedule are familiar.  United faces old foes XL Munich and Papa Lous as well as XL Lion and the Blue Ballers.  The complete schedule is here.

Three of the players on United’s current roster, Colin Attarian, Patrick Hoffman and Nicholas McCullers, were on the team that played U6 back in 2003.  In addition, long-time United players Nico Gutierrez, Ethan Sheflin and Sam Sanger, as well as former players Sam Weaver and Andrew McClain, welcome new players Peter Engler and Griffin Payne.

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