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PK all Freedom needs to win

Freedom capitalized when it could on its way to a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay Tech Tuesday night.

The goal was the result of the Patriots (6-1) taking advantage of a TBT mishap in the first half.

Freedom was awarded a penalty kick after forward Juan Balkazar was taken down in the box. Forward Brian Watson converted the penalty kick, sliding a shot past TBT goalkeeper David Vicente that rolled just inside the left post.

"We drew the foul and we paid for it," Titans coach Mark Hall said. "At this level of soccer we can't afford to make mistakes. If we're going to go out there and compete to be one of the better teams in the league we just can't afford to make simple mistakes in the back. That's what cost us. That's the difference between a win and a loss right there."

The Titans' best scoring opportunity was dashed by another mistake. TBT (6-2) appeared to have the equalizer later in the half when a throw in bounced over Freedom defenders and into the goal. But the goal was waved off after a line judge called a foul on a push by a Titan player.

"Any time you play a quality team it's always great to be able to put that first goal in and build on that momentum," Freedom coach Dennis Derflinger said. "We're just working real hard. We knew there was going to be some competitive teams. That's shown from the records that are out there in our district.

"We're just basically working hard every day and trying to improve. We struggled in the first half of the season with some of the things we were working on but I think it's all coming together now."