LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2017) - FC Greater Boston Bolts U-18/19 chipped away throughout the second half and were finally rewarded for their efforts 11 minutes from full time when Gabriel Meireles pounced on the game-winner in a 1-0 victory against Strikers FC U-18/19 in the first featured game of the 2017 U.S. Soccer Boys' Development Academy Showcase at Premier Sports Campus.

The best opportunity of the first half came from the Boston side just before the break. Nice movement down the right saw Jaren Suttles break through the Strikers' back line before centering a pass for Meireles in the box. The forward slid it to Vittorio Luzio on the left, whose tight-angled shot was then tipped over the bar by Tetsuya Kadano in the 44th minute.

The Bolts continued to push the agenda in the second half. In the 56th minute, Joseph Morrison did well to win the ball at midfield and transition straight into the attack, where he slotted Meireles in down the left. The winger cleverly crossed for Suttles, whose header back across goal swept just wide of the left post, before Strikers' defender Brian Cheung cleared the danger.

An individual effort 11 minutes later saw Suttles nearly open the scoring as the forward battled off two Strikers defenders just outside the box before blasting a long-distance effort that deflected off Lucas Marshall and just past the left post.

In the 75th minute, substitute Andrew Perugini won the ball on the left and played quickly for Meirleles as he cut into the box. The attacker played a trailing ball back for Perugini, who saw his quick effort saved from point-blank range by Kadano.

The decisive marker finally came for Boston through Meireles in the 79th minute following a great individual run by Luzio. The midfielder navigated through a number of Strikers players before playing a quick combination for Morrison on the left. The midfielder laid a perfect pass back for Luzio, whose initial attempt was saved by Kadano, only to have the ball ready for Meireles who powered his effort home into the empty net.