The 2012 preseason got underway Saturday afternoon at Monroe Middle School in South Tampa for the kickoff of the Rowdies Rush Preseason Tour with an Intra-squad Scrimmage as part of Red Bull Supercamp.
The Orange Team defeated the White Team, 5-3, in a 60-minute scrimmage.
"It was a very good workout for the players," said head coach Ricky Hill. "From a fitness perspective, it was great because the conditions were difficult. It was quite warm and breezy so it meant that their concentration had to be even greater. I was very pleased, especially in just our third day of training."
Hill said it was great for the team to play in front of fans for the initial stop on the Rowdies Rush 2012 Preseason Tour.
"It was a pleasure to play in front of the great fans who support us," said Hill. "We really enjoy the opportunity to reach out to the community and hope to build a relationship with more fans throughout the Tampa Bay region."
Forward Mike Ambersley scored the first goal of the scrimmage in the 20th minute, giving the White team a 1-0 lead. In the fifth minute of the second period, forward Luke Mulholland's shot was deflected and resulted in an own goal, tying the match at 1-1.
The Orange team took control early in the final period as midfielder Shane Hill and forward Zach Hofstetter connected on back-to-back goals in the first minute for a 3-1 lead. The White team cut the lead to 3-2 as Ambersley scored his second of the day off a nice feed from Takuya Yamada in the sixth minute of the final period.
The White team tied the match when Yamada knocked in a rebound following a free kick from Ambersley in the 51st minute. But the Orange team quickly regained the lead as midfielder Daniel Gray finished with a goal off an assist from Mulholland in the 54th minute. Hofstetter added to the lead with his second goal of the scrimmage in the 58th minute for a 5-3 lead.
"I thought the forwards were very good with their finishing," said Hill. "Mike Ambersley, Zach Hofstetter, Luke Mulholland, and really all of the players looked fresh and quite effective."
White Team: Mike Ambersley (2), Takuya Yamada
Orange Team: Daniel Gray, Shane Hill, Zach Hofstetter (2), Own Goal
White Team - GK Jeff Attinella, D Frankie Sanfilippo, D Thurstan Johnson, F Mike Ambersley, D Joey West, M Dan O'Brien, F Ogi Perucica, D Eishun Yoshida, D Takuya Yamada, M Andro Hrkac
Orange Team - GK Will Dieterich, D Daniel Scott, F Luke Mulholland, M Shane Hill, M Daniel Gray, D Ryan Griffin, M Joey Lopez, F Zach Hofstetter, D Jose Eduardo Herrera