The Cape Coral Hurricanes have been improving of late and are looking forward to getting their first league win Sunday afternoon against the visiting Georgia Revolution.
This marks the first time the two teams have met and will prove to be an exciting game as the Revolution's high powered offense meets the stingy defense of the Hurricanes.
The kickoff is 3 p.m. Sunday at Cape Coral High School's Dave Warkentin Field. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $6 for adults, $4 for students; and youth (14-under) members of any youth soccer organization can get in free with a paid adult as long as they wear their soccer club jersey.
The Revolution are coming off an impressive 5-3 win over the Jacksonville United team that the Hurricanes tied 1-1 two weeks ago. The Hurricanes are coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to rival Tampa on a questionable penalty kick.
"We need a win badly and will do everything to get it," said Hurricanes GM J.P. Terrasi. "We've had a few close games and overall the guys have played really well, especially on defense, but we have to find a way to put more goals in the net. We're making a few changes with our formation that I think will really capitalize on the weapons that we have."
The Hurricanes were struck by some bad luck and some key injuries during friendly games against the Ocala Stampede and Tampa Marauders that hurt them in recent weeks.
"We've gotten some great chances at goals recently, we just need to convert on those chances. The guys don't have to do much different as sooner or later the bounces will start going our way," said Canes coach John Damasco Sr. "We're recovering from some key injuries and we plan on nearly having our full lineup back for this weekend. It's going to be exciting seeing the full team back together and playing well."
Cape's leading scorer Antonio Wint will be paired with speedster Davian Cranston up front and the return of the Hurricanes' key duo of Cody Antonini and Andrew Palumbo will prove beneficial in the midfield while the back line will be anchored by local talents James Gibson, John Teeter, Oliver Benedict and Owen McCorkle.
"Owen has played extremely well since the day he slipped into a Hurricanes jersey," said Terrasi. "I had him as the player of the match of the first game I saw him play for us when we made the trip to Tampa a month ago. It was great to see him actually get the player of the match award for last game against them here at home."
One thing is for certain, this definitely will be an exciting game with the Hurricanes potentially matching offensive punches with the Revolution or with their stellar defense still holding strong.
"This game is huge for us," Terrasi added. "With having to go away four weeks in a row starting next week, we need to get this one badly. I'm confident we'll finally get our first win here at home, but it surely will surely be entertaining!"
Both teams play in the newly formed Sunshine Conference of the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League) that also includes Miami United, Jacksonville United and Tampa.