Keep Your Enemy Closer: Central Florida Panthers SC

Jun 6, 2019

MIAMI (June 6, 2019) - The Miami FC welcomes Central Florida Panthers SC for a home match on Saturday, June 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Buccaneer Field at Barry University.

A First Meeting to Forget
When these two teams met for the first time a few weeks ago, the Orange and Blue proved too much for the Panthers to handle. 

Miami traveled to Winter Park and scored six goals, four of which came in the second half. 

Braces from Miguel González and Dylan Mares, as well as goal contributions from Darío Suárez and Shawn Chin were more than enough for Miami come away with an important three points.

Miami out-shot Central Florida 23 to four in the match, but Central Florida got two of its four shots on frame. The Panthers will need to create more scoring opportunities to contend with Miami's offense.

Bouncing Back From Adversity
In its inaugural season in the NPSL, Central Florida Panthers SC figured to find life hard to come by in the Sunshine Conference.

But the Winter Park squad has competed admirably midway through the season, and it continues to grow in confidence as the season grows longer.

The first three matches of the season were a rough stretch, but the Panthers found new life after notching its first ever win on May 22.

Over the past three matches, Central Florida has beaten Storm FC 4-2 and held tight against Jacksonville and Naples, falling by thin one-goal margins in both matches.

Players to Watch
Alessandro Mazzetta has been Central Florida's most consistent player through the first six matches.

Mazzetta scored the Panthers' first-ever goal in the second match of the season against Miami United FC and turned provider in the team's first-ever win against Storm FC.

The tall striker took three of Central Florida's four shots in the first meeting between the two teams, and is a main target on offense for the Winter Park club.

Forward William Eyang has provided the team with more offensive firepower as of late.

In Central Florida's first-ever win in the NPSL, Eyang notched a brace and provided an assist.

With experience at Bodens BK and Orlando City B, to go along with an impressive 6-3, 172 pound frame, Eyang is a matchup nightmare on Central Florida's front line.

Up Next
The Miami FC heads to the road for an away match against conference leaders Naples United FC on Saturday, June 15. Miami then returns home to host the final two matches of the NPSL regular season.