Lansdowne Yonkers FC Reserves' players prepare to take the field prior to their game on Sunday, October 27 (Credit Lansdowne Yonkers FC)
The scheduale returned to normal in Week 7 of Division 1 Cosmopolitan Soccer League play. One mid-week game joined a full slate of weekend matches which saw a new team jump to the top of the table. New York Athletic Club and Zum Schneider FC 03 pulled out some of the biggest wins of the week while the defending division champs seem to have found their groove after picking up a 5-1 win.
Here's the full recap:
Wednesday, October 23
Zum Schneider FC 03 v. Cedar Stars Academy (3-2)
Cedar Stars Academy suffered its second loss in four days against Cosmopolitan Soccer League competition as ot fell to Zum Schneider FC 03, 3-2. Jeremy Witherspoon scored the game winner off an assist from Lukas Hauer late in the first to put their team in position to take control of the table.
The home game for Zum, which was played at Randalls Island due to scheduling conflicts, was a total back and forth with both teams holding leads during the 90 minutes. One of Division 1’s top goal scorers Tomas Gomes kicked in his team’s first two goals and assisted on the eventual game winner earning MVP honors from his team.
Zum Head Coach Alexander Berscheid said afterwards that his team deserved the win with how they played and also took time to complement the refereeing during the game as well.
“We were the better team and could have easily scored many more goals,” Berscheid said. “Whoever the ref was, he was excellent, along with his AR crew. Best we have seen so far.”
Both Junior Delva and Emrah Krcic scored for CSA to tie the game and take the lead following Gomes’ first goal.
Saturday, October 26
KidSuper Samba AC v. Sporting SC (4-0)
After a brutal 10 goal loss last week, KidSuper Samba AC got back to scoring in a 4-0 win over Sporting SC. The two teams, both promoted from Division 2 this season, have been on different tracks as KSS sits near the top of the table while Sporting struggles to escape 10th place.
The only player for KidSuper to take part in two goals was Mamud Keita who scored and assisted during the match. Other goal scorers include Alhoussain Bah, Karamba Janneh, and Serigne Kasse. The team controlled the match from the 20th minute onward and didn’t allow Sporting much chance to get back into the fray. Yankuba Janneh, Vieux Mane, and Khadim Ndiaye all assisted on goals as well.
KidSuper will host New York Greek Americans this Sunday while Sporting will host New York Athletic Club the same day at 11 AM.
Sunday, October 27
Cedar Stars Academy v. New York Greek Americans (2-2)
A three-game span in seven days ended for Cedar Stars Academy as the team tied New York Greek Americans at home on Sunday afternoon. Maxi Garcia scored both of his teams goals one-week removed from his red card booking in CSA’s U.S. Open Cup loss to the New York Pancyprian Freedoms.
The Greeks took an early lead after 20 minutes when River Seybolt converted off a counter attack, assisted by James Greco. The wet weather was a factor all day but in the early afternoon the downpour was extreme at Ramapo College. Unlike last week, Cedar Stars were able to concentrate attacking despite the weather and at full strength. A foul in the Greeks box setup Garcia for the successful penalty attempt in the 55th minute and not long after that a counter-attack found Garcia for a second off passes by both Matt Nigro and Ovan Oakley.
The counter came after Greek players called for a foul in the Stars box and during the arguing play continued with the home team charging downfield.
With his team down, coach and technical director Richard Nuttall sent in new forward Ayris Jordan for his first game with the team. The English-born striker made an impact right away when his connection from Greco from 18-yards out found the back of the netting. The goal earned his team a point and dropped the Stars from the top spot in the league as Schneider FC 03 advanced.
Cedar Stars will travel for an Open Cup rematch against the Pancyprian Freedoms this Sunday while the Greeks visit KidSuper Samba AC in Sunday’s night game.
New York Athletic Club v. Doxa FC (2-0)
On a rain soaked Travers Island New York Athletic Club beat Doxa FC, 2-0, and lifted itself out of the relegation zone for at least one week.
Heavy downpours and high winds challenged both teams and caused the play to be mostly ground focused, as any high or long kick would be directionally affected by the gusts. Even when on the ground the ball’s travel time was unpredictable either sliding along the top or stopping suddenly due to water. This caused the tempo to turn rough and chippy in almost a call-back to more classic CSL matches on rough pitches.
Doxa manager Peter Legakis said after the game that while the conditions were not ideal, his team did not play the game it could have.
“All in all we did not play well at all and nyac had the advantage due to their size and strength in the conditions with the field the way it was,” Legakis said in an email. “The ball could not be put down to play.”
Lauren Vogel scored first for Athletic Club, thanks to a through pass by Ale Sucre, in an opening half that saw a lot of chances for the home team. The conditions mixed with some poor luck meant NYAC didn’t put the game away until the final 20 minutes. Doxa took the opportunity to try and find an equalizer but a press left Travis Blair with a ton of open space after Sucre fed him the ball. He finished the breakaway and the time ran out on any potential Doxa comeback.
“Hard fought game by Doxa, but a necessary big win for us,” NYAC head coach Jimmy Lannon said afterwards. He and his team will look to keep the momentum going against Sporting SC this Sunday on the road.
Doxa, which has dropped two of its last four games, will be taking on Division 1 leaders Zum Schneider FC 03 on Sunday as well.
Zum Schneider FC 03 v. Lansdowne Yonkers FC (2-3)
In almost a mirror performance to Wednesday’s game, Zum Schneider FC 03 fell to Lansdowne Yonkers FC behind an MVP caliber comeback performance.
Both the tying and game-winning goal came from Konstantin Mollering in the second half where Yonkers bounced back after a rough first 45. When faced with a two goal deficit the Bhoys pushed every player they had forward hoping to find the back of the net. A handball penalty in the box around five minutes in gave Andrew Sousa the successful penalty attempt that began his team’s comeback.
“Lansdowne through everything forward and right at that moment, I believe, the shock and disappointment about the wrongfully given penalty, the 1:2, and the fact that we were on short rest, lead to the team being less concentrated,” Zum Head Coach Alexander Berscheid said afterwards believing that the handball penalty was the wrong call. “We basically gave the game away within 15 minutes.”
For their own efforts Zum dominated the first half and had chances to take a further lead. Tomas Gomes came through again with two goals, making it four in five days in league, and was assisted by Jordan Trinci-Lyne and Lukas Hauer. Multiple other shots were saved by Abdoukarim“Kabo” Danso in Yonkers' net while the defense held Zum back long enough to reach halftime.
Zum will now have to put it behind them as they take on Doxa FC on the road this Sunday while Lansdowne, looking to jump into the top spot of D1, hosts New York Shamrock SC on Saturday.
New York Shamrock SC v. New York Pancyprian Freedoms (1-5)
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The New York Pancyprian Freedoms returned to form against New York Shamrocks SC on Sunday night. The defending champions, fresh off their win in the U.S. Open Cup, out-played the Rocks and took home three much needed points.
Charlie Ledula, in his first game back with the team, scored three goals and assisted on a fourth to earn MVP honors. The team’s form has been improving with every game and this seemed like a culmination, especially with a big player back up front. Adam Himeno scored another two goals to add to his season total while Luke Waechter earned an assist.
The Freedoms now sit in the middle of the table with eight points while the Shamrocks, a team that reached the playoffs last season and fell to this same very team then, continue to struggle with only four points through seven games.
The two teams will be in action this weekend as the Freedoms host rival Cedar Stars Academy on Sunday while the Shamrocks travel to Lansdowne Yonkers FC on Saturday night.