Ge­or­gia Rev­o­lu­tion sea­son ends in tie

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

The Ge­or­gia Rev­o­lu­tion’s third National Pre­mier Soc­cer League sea­son came to an end in an aus­pi­cious way Satur­day.

The Cony­ers’ based National Pre­mier Soc­cer League team needed to win each of its fi­nal three games – all at home - in or­der to have a chance to ad­vance to the 2013 South Con­fer­ence play­offs and held up its end of the bar­gain.

How­ever, the other team that needed to com­ply, the Jack­sonville United FC, did not. Jack­sonville needed to lose one of its last three games, but in­stead de­feated Mi­ami 4-0 June 21, the Tampa Ma­raud­ers 1-0 June 29 and Tampa again, 2-1 Fri­day.

The Rev­o­lu­tion de­feated Cape Coral 7-1 at the RYSA Soc­cer­plex June 29 to set the tone for the sea­son’s fi­nal stretch.

Ge­or­gia then handed the Mi­ami United a 4-1 loss last Tues­day, July 2, and needed a win over the Tampa Ma­raud­ers, who tied Ge­or­gia, 2-2, in Florida June 7. How­ever, by game time Satur­day, Ge­or­gia’s fate was al­ready sealed.

“We needed to win the last three games games to have a chance, and Jack­sonville needed to drop a game and they did not,” Rev­o­lu­tion Gen­eral Manger Rafe Mau­ran said.

The Mau­raders came in on a wet week­end, and Satur­day’s game was de­layed three hours by the light­ning as work­ers squeegeed wa­ter off a soaked field.

The match orig­i­nally de­layed in the 2nd minute, was set to kick off again at 10 p.m., but the ef­fort was aban­doned with a 0-0 draw.

Ge­or­gia’s fate was al­most sealed early on in the sea­son as Jack­sonville de­feated the Revs in Florida 1-0 May 24, be­fore a wild 5-3 vic­tory over the RYSAowned team in Rock­dale June 1.

“I Think the guys did well and per­formed well, we just had two early losses to the same team and that kind of killed our chances,” Mau­ran said.

Jack­sonville, which came into ex­is­tence the same year as the Ge­or­gia Rev­o­lu­tion, 2011, won the national cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

“They’re a good team and they have some re­ally good tech­ni­cal play­ers,” Mau­ran said. “They have older guys with ex­pe­ri­ence, which helps them win some close games.”

It marks the sec­ond time in Ge­or­gia’s three years of ex­is­tence, that the Rev­o­lu­tion missed the play­offs.

In 2012, the Ge­or­gia Rev­o­lu­tion reached the di­vi­sion fi­nal, af­ter win­ning the South Di­vi­sion, host­ing Chat­tanooga FC for the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship. Chat­tanooga won, af­ter a 45-minute light­ning de­lay, and earned a spot in the NPSL semi­fi­nals.

In its first sea­son, Ge­or­gia was sec­ond place in the South Di­vi­sion to even­tual cham­pion Jack­sonville United.

The Rev­o­lu­tion may be done with the NPSL sched­ule, but they have one more game at RYSA, an ex­hi­bi­tion game against the At­lanta Sil­ver­backs July 19.

Lady Revs en­ter play­offs

While the Rev­o­lu­tion men’s side missed out on the post­sea­son, the Lady Rev’s are in the play­offs for the sec­ond straight

year.

The Ge­or­gia Rev­o­lu­tion won seven games, top­ping the Gulf Coast Tex­ans and Alabama F.C. in the South­east Di­vi­sion, earn­ing a spot in the con­fer­ence play­offs in Pen­sacola, Fla., this week­end.

The Lady Rev’s face Alabama in the con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals Fri­day, with a chance to play in the fi­nals Satur­day. If Ge­or­gia makes it past both those matches,a it will earn a spot in the national semi­fi­nals.

“They’re very con­sis­tent and steady,” Mau­ran said of the Lady Rev’s. “They don’t have any su­per­star play­ers, but a lot of over­all good solid soc­cer play­ers, who play well to­gether.

“As they go on, they get bet­ter and I’m ex­cited to see this week­end and hope they get a cou­ple of wins and make some noise.”

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