The bigger, stronger and more established team and franchise prevailed.
That was the Med City FC Mayhem, using their superior size and more veteran players to mostly dominate Rochester FC on Wednesday night, winning 5-1 in the no-league Rochester City Cup at Rochester Regional Stadium.
It was done in front of likely the largest crowd of the season for either team.
"This was a huge game for us (Med City FC) and a huge game for them," Med City midfielder Jack Hilton-Jones said. "We wanted to show that we are the better team. We knew we had the better players, but it is all about staying focused and disciplined, and bringing the energy that we have all season."
The Mayhem seemed to bring it and then some, winning almost every 50-50 ball and pushing their way to their spots.
Med City FC, which improved to 10-0-4, got three of its goals in the first half (one each from Lucas Hart, Peter Holt Lange-Nielson and Mazeed Aro-Lambo) and just missed on four more in the opening stanza. Rochester FC (3-1-7) got its lone goal at the 85:48 mark, Sam Bailey driving home a shot.
Fifth-year franchise Med City FC plays in the slightly higher level National Premier Soccer League, while Rochester FC is a member of the United Premier Soccer League.
Rochester FC coach Muharem Dedic watched his team look overwhelmed.
"Man, it was a tough one," Dedic said. "I don't think in the first half that we played at all. I think my guys were a little bit scared, scared of the team itself — not its players — but that we were playing Med City FC. Med City is good and they played very well, especially in the first half."
Dedic noted from the start that his team lacked confidence. It was a different look than he'd seen in a while, as Rochester FC had picked up steam recently after a slow start to the season.
"The mentality to win wasn't there in the first half," Dedic said. "My (players) are young and playing in a high game like this in front of an awesome crowd, it affects them."
The impression left was that a big brother was playing a younger brother, and there was no way the older brother was going to give an inch with so many people watching.
The Mayhem, full of college players and above, continually used their older and more developed physiques to push much younger Rochester FC off the ball.
Ironically, about the only player that Muharem was pleased with his night was its youngest guy, Luke Dallman. The outside-back defender is about to begin his senior season at Rochester Century and is the only true high school-aged player on the roster, though many of them are recent high school graduates.
"Luke played well the entire game," Muharem said.
Med City FC, however, had nearly its entire roster play well, all night.
"I think we had a game plan in how to defend and how to attack, and we followed it very well," Mayhem coach Neil Cassidy said. "You could see that we have more developed guys, which helps. And Jack (Hilton-Jones) was really good. He's been our most consistent player this season."