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An all too familiar trend plagued the Zanesville Athletic Football Club again on Friday night. After a missed penalty kick in the first half, and several easy chances in front of the net, ZAFC came up short to Buffalo FC, losing 1-0. Zanesville left the door open and Buffalo took advantage with a goal in the 81st minute, which proved to be the difference maker at the Maysville Athletic Complex.
The loss rounds out the inaugural season for head coach Brenton Dawson and the club, who finished with 4 points and a 1-10-1 record overall. Despite their record, though, ZAFC competed in nearly every game this season. Ultimately, defensive lapses and missed opportunities on offense lead to their demise.
"It's basically been our season. We've been in every single game, except the last couple weeks we've been going into a slump with poor results," said Dawson. "We just couldn't finish our opportunities and it came back to haunt us."
The top four teams in the NPSL advance to the postseason. The win gave Buffalo FC 24 points, and securely in the second spot of the league. While there will be no postseason for Zanesville, there are blocks to build on. Overall, Dawson was pleased with the progression of his players, many of whom are still in college or play recreationally.
"The first year is like building a foundation, then we're going to go from there," said Dawson. "We learn from our mistakes the first year and then next year we'll be a lot more prepared for the season."
Zanesville AFC will hold tryouts next season for their new squad. For more information on the club and offseason information, visit zanesvilleafc.com or the link provided.