Not long after finalizing its deal with Georgia Revolution, Putnam Impact earned a statement win.
Impact’s new affiliation with the NPSL club gave it access to numerous resources and personnel to help the club prosper, including the ability to play friendly matches against other soccer clubs. Impact’s U19 (2000) team took the opportunity to notch a big win as it came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the larger and more experienced Nexus FC in penalty kicks on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This was the first game for Impact U19 coach Jonathan Camacho, for whom Impact founder and director Tim Gilbert had high praise.
“This was his first coaching game at this level,” Gilbert said about Camacho. “And to win it this way against a team that’s more experienced and supposed to be bigger, stronger and faster was really exciting. To stand up to them like this was great.”
A strong club based out of Henry County near metro Atlanta, Nexus initially took the lead on Impact with an early goal. However, when Nexus was driving for another goal, Impact was able to stop the offensive push and move the ball in the other direction, allowing Carlos Hernandez to send a through ball to Heriberto “Lechi” Rodriguez on the right wing, allowing him to hit the tying goal.
Nexus did not give up so easily, however, as it put up another two goals to take the lead, 3-1. Impact wasn’t ready to give up, either; Spencer Camacho, brother of coach Camacho, took the ball at midfield after countering another Nexus offensive push and gave Impact another effective through ball to Charles Ubah, who went one-on-one with the Nexus goalkeeper and finished with a goal.
With minutes remaining in the game, Camacho got a free kick that was deflected into the crossbar by the Nexus keeper. Ubah quickly swooped in to knock the rebound in for his second goal and the team’s third, tying the game up for the second time on the day.
After the end of the 90-minute regulation period, the game went to penalty kicks where Impact sealed the deal on its comeback win.
Hernandez, Camacho, Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos and Josue Espinosa all knocked in their kicks while Nexus dropped its fourth one to give Impact a victory.
Although the game was only a friendly and didn’t affect the team’s season, Gilbert couldn’t stress its importance enough.
“[Camacho] getting his first win against a tough club is huge,” Gilbert said. “It’s a friendly so it won’t count in our standings or anything else but, still, it was a very important win for us. It was great. I keep telling people he’s going to be one good coach. He’s the real deal.”
Putnam Impact has finished filling a number of its teams while still recruiting for others as the club prepares for another season.
With the help of Georgia Revolution and the resources and coaches it provides, Impact is going into a big year that will help many talented young athletes reach their potential. For more information or to get involved with Putnam Impact, visit its website at https://www.putnamimpactsc.com/.