Rocket City United fell to Saturn FC 1:2 in their NPSL Southeast Region opener Saturday night.
Forward Rafa Barbosa had a good night putting three past the Saturn FC keeper on Saturday. However, only one of those finished resulted in a legitimate tally as the ball was whistled out of play prior to his 18th minute header. In the 33rd minute, Barbosa finished his breakaway chance, but the flag had been raised for offside.
Saturn FC put RCU in the hole as Dan Gilewicz rose to convert a 10th minute corner. After concerted pressure on the Saturn goal during the remainder of the first half, RCU responded early in the second stanza with Barbosa's 48th minute looping header from a Norbert Webley cross. It was just reward for the team's creative play.
Saturn FC retook the lead after nine minutes, when a SFC won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Spencer Davidson stepped up and slotted the spot kick past Jeff Preston in the RCU goal. The lead would stand as chances for both teams went unrewarded in the remaining time.
RCU will travel to Birmingham to meet the another new NPSL side Pumas FC this Saturday at 7pm.