Casey reflects on clean sheet, Rust Belt Derby weekend

by Alex Beilman, contributor

Photo: Hickling Images


FC Buffalo goalkeeper Steven Casey maintained the team’s first clean sheet of the season in the second leg of the Rust Belt Derby on Sunday afternoon at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium.

Casey said that he is happy about the clean sheet, despite his side missing out on the Rest Bely Derby Trophy after a 0-0 draw left them in a 2-1 aggregate loss over two legs against Detroit City FC.

“It’s our first of the season so that’s good too, I think it’s all really coming together,” Casey said. “We’re getting good chemistry. It feels great to get a shutout.”

Casey was very quick to credit his back line in helping him keep the ball out of the back of the net.

“My back line played outstanding, I didn’t have too much action. All credit to them, really,” Casey remarked. “The major thing is just getting comfortable playing with each other. We all come from different styles of play. As we play with each other more, we get more comfortable and we’re playing better.”

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Casey was also happy with the way the team was able to control possession throughout the game, and believes the scoring will come as the season presses on.

“The biggest thing is our creating chances. We created so many chances in this game. It was just the final finish. We got unlucky a couple of times and I think that’s really going to come together next match.”

Overall, Casey chose to continue to focus on the positives taken from the match and offered an optimistic outlook when league play resumes and FC Indiana visits on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. Buy presale tickets here.

“I’m expecting a win. I’m expecting our offense to come together and finish our chances. We created a lot,” Casey said. “I expect our defense to get another shutout and I’m really looking forward to it.”