Lansdowne Yonkers players on Randalls Island following their draw against the New York Pancyprian Freedoms on October 2, 2019 (Credit Lansdowne Yonkers FC)
After a weekend away for a majority of teams to compete in Eastern New York State Soccer Association (ENYSSA) tournaments, play resumed in full for the top division of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Along with two midweek games, five games were scheduled to take place last weekend. Two of them were not played and are currently being evaluated for either reschedualing or more.
In addition to league play, three CSL teams will be continuing their hunt for a berth in the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as the second round of qualification takes place this upcoming weekend (Oct. 19-20).
Here is the full recap of the past weekend and more:
Wednesday, October 2
New York Pancyprian Freedoms v. Lansdowne Yonkers FC (0-0)
A few days before state tournaments began, Lansdowne Yonkers FC and New York Pancyprian Freedoms made up the game that was rescheduled due to the former’s U.S. Open Cup qualifying match. With both teams set to play in separate, second round games on the weekend of Oct. 19-20, neither was able to get a goal here as the game ended in a scoreless draw on Randalls Island.
The result means the Freedoms have only accumulated two points in three games which, at the time of this game, puts it at the bottom of the D1 table with a game in hand. The Bhoys meanwhile walk away with their second tie of the season and fourth straight game without a defeat in league play, seven if you include state and national tournaments going back to this summer.
Wednesday, October 9
New York Shamrock SC v. Cedar Stars Academy (1-5)
In a make-up game due to last month’s U.S. Open Cup match, Cedar Star Academy kept up its momentum defeated New York Shamrock SC, 5-1.
On a damp night on Randalls Island, CSA controlled the match from the get go scoring four goals in the first 45 minutes. Jean Voltaire, Matt Nigro, Chris Katona, and Tavoy Morgan and reached the back of the net in the first half while the Rocks struggled to get anything meaningful going in their favor.
A Darren Coleman goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half cut the lead to three, but New York couldn’t get another score on the board. Ovan Oakley scored one more for the Stars in the final ten minutes. Nigro and Katona both picked up assists with their goals while Jimmy Mulligan also earned an assist for his team.
Sunday, October 13
Doxa FC v. Lansdowne Yonkers FC
Due to a schedualing conflict at Joseph F. Fosina Field, the match between Doxa FC and Lansdowne Yonkers FC was not played. The game will be rescheduled for a later date.
Cedar Stars Academy v. KidSuper Samba AC (10-1)
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In what looked to be a battle between two early season contenders, Cedar Star Academy’s experience trumped KidSuper Samba AC on Sunday afternoon. Six different goal scorers lead CSA to a 10-1 win over the recently promoted side as AC dropped its biggest game of the year in terms of both score and importance.
After three goals in the first half, KSS was able to pull the game to within two after a foul in the box allowed the team to step up and convert from the spot. It did not last as AC struggled to keep up and allowed seven more unanswered. in the final 45.
Last year’s league MVP Chris Katona had a breakout day, scoring four goals for his team and assisting on three more. Ovan Oakley put two in the net as well while Jean Voltaire, Maxi Garcia, Emrah Krcic, and Wiselet st Luis all picked up one goal each. Matthew Nigro and st Luis both picked up two assists along with single assists from Michael Holzer, David Nigro, and Garcia.
For Cedar Star, it’s next big match comes this Sunday when it hosts the New York Pancyprian Freedoms in the Second Round of U.S. Open Cup qualifying at Ramapo College. The team returns to league action on Wednesday, Oct. 23 against Zum Schneider FC 03. KidSuper will face the Freedoms the same day in its next CSL match.
New York Pancyprian Freedoms v. New York Athletic Club (3-1)
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After a slow start to the season the New York Pancyprian Freedoms picked up their first win of the season over New York Athletic Club, 3-1.
The win moves the Freedoms into the middle of the table with five points with opportunities to gain ground coming up shortly. The defending champs have only scored nine goals through four games with struggles in the back allowing teams to leave with points. Athletic Club meanwhile sits at one win at the bottom of the standings.
The Freedoms will take a break from league play this weekend as the three-time U.S. Open Cup champions enter the tournament for 2020 qualification. The team’s second round match will be against Cedar Star Academy (CSA Westchester in tournament logs) on Sunday at Ramapo College. The next league match for the defending CSL champs will be on Wednesday, Oct. 23 against last season’s Division 2 champion, KidSuper Samba AC. New York Athletic Club will play this Sunday against Doxa FC.
New York Greek Americans v. New York Shamrock SC (2-2)
Coming off a short rest after last Wednesday’s game, New York Shamrock SC pulled back a goal midway through the second half and left the Metropolitan Oval with a draw, 2-2, with the New York Greek Americans and a point. Dylan McCabe’s corner kick in the 60th minute set-up Caleb Kauppinen for the tying goal to keep the Rocks above the bottom of the table.
The Rocks started the game well enough when Raphael Carvalho scored off a Jack Watson pass in the 15th minute. A poor pass by a Greek player set up Watson who found Carvalho charging up for the one on one with keeper Bradley Johnson.
Not to be outdone, the Greek’s John Sabal headed in a James Greco corner kick five minutes later to even the score once again. The offense pushed up again against the Rocks defense and a long shot by Jordan Schwartz could not be controlled by the keeper and slipped in off the rebound by Stephanos Hondrakis.
Both teams pushed for the three points in the final 45. Shaun Foster’s late game headed looked to be going just below the crossbar before a Shamrocks’ defender kept it in front of the line while the Rocks offense passed around and looked for openings.
Shamrocks return to action this Saturday when they face Doxa FC at home. Greek Americans will play Sunday against New York Athletic Club.
Sporting SC v. Zum Schneider FC 03 (0-3 FT)
The match between Sporting SC and Zum Schneider FC 03 did not occer due. Poor net conditions, including holes in the netting, resulted in a official complaint by the visitors and the game being called-off by the referees.
Zum protested the goals and nets provided by Sporting at Soundview Park in the Bronx on Sunday night and, after further inspection by match officials, it was determined they would need to be fixed before any game could kick off. After over half-an-hour of work and both teams wanting to kickoff, the officials called the game due to the nets and lack of time available to complete play in before field lights went off.
Zum was awarded a 3-0 win which was upheld by league arbitors.
Sporting has little time to rest as it hosts Lansdowne Yonkers FC, before the latter's U.S. Open Cup match, on Wednesday, October 16 at Tibbet Brook Park. Zum plays its next CSL D1 game next Wednesday, Oct. 23, against division leaders Cedar Stars Academy.