MATCH RECAP: Chicago House AC Bounces Back With A Win At New Amsterdam FC

The House Conquers The Big Apple And Takes Home Three Points
Published Nov 1, 2021

UNIONDALE, NY (November 1st, 2021) - Chicago House AC (5-2-7, 17pts) held on to earn a hard-fought 2-1 win on the road against New Amsterdam FC (5-2-8, 17pts). Wojciech Wojcik scored his fifth goal of the season, while Derek Huffman scored his first professional goal for the House as they look for another three points with a rematch at Chattanooga FC on Wednesday.

In the 6th minute of the first half, New Amsterdam FC turned the ball over, and John Requejo, Jr. capitalized by crossing the ball to Wojciech Wojcik, and he headed the ball into the back of the net to give the House the lead 1-0. New Amsterdam FC kept responding with counterattack opportunities throughout the match. In the 26th minute, Jesus Batiz created a chance out of nothing, going one on one with defender, John Requejo, Jr. and taking a left-footed strike that hit the post as New Amsterdam FC were inches away from getting an equalizer. The House almost doubled their lead in the 31st minute when Wojcik crossed the ball towards Huffman but couldn't get a foot on the ball. New Amsterdam FC had a free kick in the 36th minute as David Diosa sent the ball towards Nevelo Yoseke, but his shot hit the side netting. At halftime, the House led 1-0 against New Amsterdam FC.

In the second half, Jesus Batiz accelerated towards the 18-yard box and was brought down by defender Anthony Bowie in the 50th minute. The referee awarded a penalty kick for New Amsterdam FC, and Mayele Malango converted from the spot in the 51st minute to tie the match 1-1 and get his sixth goal of the season. In the 62nd minute, the House countered towards the New Amsterdam FC defenders, with Wojcik showing great pace on the ball as he was able to find some space to cross the ball towards Ian Cerro, but Mikaheel for New Amsterdam FC was able to clear the ball away. In the 70th minute, New Amsterdam FC was awarded a free-kick, and Jesus Batiz shot went straight towards Chicago House goalkeeper Michael Novotny, who pushed the ball away from danger. In the 77th minute, the House countered towards the right side of the pitch with Nazeem Bartman sending the ball towards Matteo Kidd, who crossed it to an open Derek Huffman, and he buried a right-footed shot to score his first goal for the House and retake the lead 2-1. New Amsterdam FC tried to respond quickly but were not able to convert on their chances. Late in the match, Arthur Bosua for New Amsterdam FC received his second yellow card after elbowing defender David Abidor in the head and was shown a red card. New Amsterdam FC was down to 10 men after 88 minutes. In the end, the House did enough to hang on for the win and will now travel to Tennessee for their last midweek matchup of the season against Chattanooga FC.

After the match, Head Coach and Technical Director, C.J. Brown discussed his team's performance.

"I felt for the most part we handled it well against an attack-minded group," said Coach Brown. "We did struggle a bit on the outside, but we hung in there, and we continued to play and find moments to score. I think the big thing tonight was we got two forwards to score, which is good, especially with both goals in front of goal, so that's good."

Coach Brown also shared his perspective on why New Amsterdam FC's Jesus Batiz caused their defenders so much trouble on the wing throughout the match.

"Jesus is a quality player, and I would be shocked if bigger clubs do not look at him," said Coach Brown. "He's a clean one v. one player out wide with a lot of pace and understands how to get behind the ball, draw defenders towards him, and attack with speed. When he's one v one, he has good quality with the ball and can take guys on and cut. We knew he would be a handful, and he made a big play that led to New Amsterdam FC tying the match, but I felt our guys handled him well. It's hard to stop players like that, but to limit him to one big chance is good, and I can walk away proud of what the guys did."

Finally, Coach Brown praised captain Drew Conner and Louis Bennett for a stellar performance in holding up the midfield.

"I think Drew and Bennett worked their tails off tonight," said Coach Brown. "They both had to cover a lot of ground and do a lot of hard tackles, and I think the first goal that led to it was one of them. We had to win it, play the first ball forward, and a few combinations led us to that goal, but it starts with hard-working defenders, and our sixths are a key point in that because if we can win a lot of balls in that space, there so much space in front of them to drive and I think they handled that well today. There are always things to work on, but I think they put in a 110 percent effort, and it paid off for us."

After the NISA action on Saturday night, Chicago House AC moved up one spot to 8th place while New Amsterdam FC remained ahead of the House in 7th place on goal difference as both teams are tied with 17 points.

On Wednesday, November 3rd, the House visits Finley Stadium for the first time with a rematch against Chattanooga FC at 6:00pm CST. Fans can tune in live by visiting www.chicagohouseac.com/watch-live. For team updates and information, please follow the team's social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, @ChicagoHouse_AC for live updates and fan reactions.

 

Match Notes:

  • Wojciech Wojcik scored his fifth goal of the 2021 NISA fall season. Wojcik has now scored in back-to-back matches and remains the club's top goal scorer.
  • Derek Huffman scored his first professional goal in outdoor soccer after spending many seasons playing indoor soccer while also leading the club in assists with two in the 2021 NISA fall season.
  • Chicago House AC has won four out of their last six matches, while New Amsterdam FC has only managed to get one point in their previous three matches.

Scoring Summary:

  • CHAC - Wojcik (Requejo Jr) 6’
  • NAFC - Malango (PK) 51'
  • CHAC - Huffman (Kidd) 77'

Misconduct Summary:

  • CHAC - John Ruquejo Jr (Yellow Card) 20'
  • CHAC - Ian Cerro (Yellow Card) 39'
  • NAFC - Ojai Bedward (Yellow Card) 54'
  • CHAC - Anthony Bowie (Yellow Card) 70'
  • NAFC - Daniel Vicente (Yellow Card) 79'
  • NAFC - Arthur Bosua (Yellow Card) 82'
  • CHAC - Drew Conner (Yellow Card) 85'
  • NAFC - Arthur Bosua

Lineups/Substitutions:

Chicago House AC: Novotny (GK); Requejo, Jr. (Kim 45'), Sulia, Bowie, Abidor; Cerro (Kidd 68'), Huffman, Conner (C), Bennett; Bartman (Kafari 87'), Wojcik (Morris 68')

Subs: Barnes, Kidd, Morris, Kafari, Kim, Ribeiro, Acosta

New Amsterdam FC: Tenjo (GK); Azrak, Bedward (Kalley 67'), Diosa, Yosuke; Mikaheel, Batiz, Gilbey; John-Brown, Nadaner (C) (Vicente 60'), Malango

Subs: Kalley, Sylvester, Munoz, Vicente, Barone, Flaetgen, Bosua

 

ABOUT Chicago House AC

Founded in 2020, Chicago House Athletic Club is a community-based professional soccer team that plays its home matches at the 20,000 capacity SeatGeek Stadium at 71st and Harlem in Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA,) a U.S. Soccer sanctioned third division league. Led by Managing Partner, President & CEO Peter Wilt, Chicago House AC is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) committed to using its platform for social justice, diversity, equality, inclusion, and community improvement. The club's name is a tribute to House Music, which was created in Chicago in the early 1980's. Fans can help #BuildTheHouse by purchasing tickets at www.chicagohouseac.com/tickets or by calling our Ticket Sales Team at (312) 444-0976. For more information on Chicago House AC, please visit www.chicagohouseac.com and follow the club on social media @ChicagoHouse_AC. Our City, Our House.

ABOUT NISA

The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer pro-am Independent Cup tournament, the year-long amateur league NISA Nation, and NISA Media.

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