MATCH RECAP: Chicago House AC Loses Close One To Cal United Strikers FC On The Road

The House Opens West Coast Road Trip With A 1-0 Loss To Cal United Strikers FC
Published Sep 14, 2021

IRVINE, CA (September 12th, 2021) - Chicago House AC (1-1-4, 4pts) records a loss in a highly contested 1-0 battle to Cal United Strikers FC (3-3-1, 12pts) on Sunday, September 12th, 2021. It was a very physical match that saw many opportunities for the House, but Chicago’s NISA club was not able to finish any of their scoring chances.

Musa Morris opened up the contest with a great chance in the 4th minute, but his shot went wide. The House were aggressive with their attack early on, putting pressure on the Cal United defense. A few minutes later, Chicago House AC goalkeeper Michael Novotny stepped up, saving both scoring chances from Cal United's Omar Nuno and Min-Jae Kwak, respectively, to keep the match scoreless. However, in the 14th minute, Cal United broke through the House defense when Christian Thierjung scored to give the Strikers a 1-0 lead. The House didn't back down and continued to fight. In the 22nd minute, Cal United had a chance with a header from Min-Jae Kwak, but Novotny stepped up with a big save. In the 27th minute, Louis Bennett received the ball from Derek Huffman with the best chance in the first half for the House, but his shot went high over the crossbar. The House also had a free kick opportunity in the 38th minute from Musa Morris but couldn't snap the goal drought.

In the second half, Chicago House AC goalkeeper Michael Novotny made an acrobatic fingertip save on Omar Nuno's shot in the 49th minute to keep his team in the match. In the 66th minute, Chicago House AC appeared to have finally broken its goal-scoring drought with a stellar shot from Musa Morris. However, the referee deemed Morris to be offsides, and the House missed an excellent opportunity to get back into the match. Alejandro Aranada had a perfect chance to add another goal for Cal United in the 78th minute, but his shot went over the crossbar. In the 80th minute, Wojciech Wojcik afforded another opportunity by bringing the ball down with his chest and attempted a left-footed shot, but missed the target. That was the best chance in the second half for the House, as they made things difficult in the end for the Strikers to add more goals. The House players and coaches still look for positives after the match as they prepare to face the LA Force on Thursday night.

Chicago House AC goalkeeper Mike Novotny had five saves in this match, and he gave us some insights on how he got himself in position for that fingertip save against Omar Nuno in the 49th minute.

"I just tried to make myself as big as possible on that one," said Novotny. "It's a point-blank shot from Nuno, and once the ball looped over Koz and wasn't going to make it low, I tried to make myself as big as possible to get something on the ball. Luckily enough, Nuno put it right to my hands, so it worked out."

Forward Wojciech Wojcik discusses how important it is to stay positive despite the club going through a tough stretch.

"I think we have to be realistic with ourselves and be humble enough to see where we made our mistakes and learn from them," said Wojcik. "We also need to understand that this is a process. There are good days and bad days, and for us, we had more bad than good. We were in every one of these games, and if we turn the right play over in that game, we are walking away with at least a point. It's a tough stretch for us right now, but we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We believe in ourselves, we believe in CJ and what the coaching staff is doing, and we're struggling to get results right now. Were going to turn over another page, and the LA Force is our next opponent, and we have to go out there, and we have to win.”

Head Coach and Technical Director C.J. Brown echoed that positivity and feel the team is close to turning their season around.

"We have a few more pieces we need to add, and we still have a lot of work to do," said Coach Brown. "We'll focus on working on fitness and skills, and eventually, those 1-0 losses will turn into 1-0 wins for us or maybe a tie. We still have a ways to go, and we got to stay positive, but in the sense of positivity, you also have to be firm with the players and to let them know that they have to be better. We have to look into the mirror and say we have to be better, and now we have to show it and will do that."

Coach Brown also shared his thoughts on Chicago House AC's newest signing, Ian Cerro, and fitting in with his new club.

"Ian is very talented and likes to play balls through and connect to our wingers and create opportunities," said Coach Brown. "I'm hoping he'll turn into that playmaker for us that will create goals for Woj and Huffman or Musa because he likes to create chances. I'm hopeful that the next few matches coming up you'll get to see that."

Chicago House AC remains in 10th place in the NISA League table while Cal United Strikers FC are in 3rd place.

This Thursday, September 16th, the House will take on the LA Force at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, California, at 9 PM CST/7 PM PST. 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.

 

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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