Sonic reduce great Blitzers effort to nil

In its first two games FC Buffalo endured its first loss and celebrated its first victory.

Now, Coach Jim Hesch’s charges are suffering through their first dubious official’s call.

After 90 hard-nosed minutes of road soccer in Allentown, the Blitzers (1-0-2) had to make it through just two minutes of stoppage time. The draw appeared to be sealed when an FC Sonic midfielder pushed a ball wide over a diving Dan Panaro, but the official ruled that the FCB keeper got a piece of his opponent, and the Sonic (4-0-0) were awarded a game-ending PK.

“It was a great effort and a hard-fought game by all our guys and very heart-breaking to have it be decided the way it did,” Hesch said.

Allentown converted the penalty, and Buffalo fell 1-0 in front of a crowd of 700. Onlookers on both sides expressed disappointment to see the game end on a dubious-at-best call. The Blitzers are back in action Sunday at the Pocono Snow.

Starters: Panaro, Westerholt, Johnson, Gaylord, Gradwell, Wilson, Reekie, Stevens, Zorn, Tiedt, Unwin, Grabowski (30′).