NY Pancyprian Freedoms player Daniel Bedoya after taking a shot against NY Greek American at St. John's University Belson Stadium. Picture by Dinos Avlonitis
By Ralph "Onz" Chery | @onz_11
March 22nd, 2018
“I’m extremely proud because anytime you win something like this, you are not only representing yourself but most importantly the club,” Bedoya said on winning the accolade. “I just did my job and helped the team however I could, in this case with the winning goal.”
Shamrocks was the first team in the scoresheet, thanks to Aboubacar Kaba’s second goal of the season. Adam Himeno’s left footed shot from the 18-yard-box via Andreas Chronis’ pass leveled it up for the Freedoms at the half hour mark.
Gameshot of NY Pancyprian Freedoms' game versus NY Shamrock SC at St. John's University Belson Stadium last season. Picture by Dinos Avlonitis.
Bedoya scored the winner in the 75th minute. Ryan Scheiderman pushed the ball to the Colombian on top of the box. After taking a neat first touch, Bedoya curved a shot off the left post and into the net from just outside the 18.
The 24-year-old reminisced on his goal.
“I found myself lingering outside their [Shamrocks] 18," Bedoya said. "I made sure I found the open gap for Ryan to play me, took a very good first touch with my left foot and placed the shot to the goalie’s left with my right foot. Would say more placement than power.”
The ex-New York Red Bulls II player is delighted he scored the goal that granted NY Pancyprians their sixth domestic win of the season.
“I think whenever you get your name on the scoresheet it is an amazing feeling of course,” Bedoya said, “but you can’t take away how hard the team worked the whole game. We deserved those three points.”
The midfielder leads the Freedoms in goals and assists in his first season with them, finding the net six times and sending his teammates on goal five times. Bedoya notably had a hand in 42 percent of NY Pancyprians’ league-goals.
The playmaker is thrilled of his goal and assist tally but shared that winning is his first priority.
“I’m immensely pleased because I have been able to help the team in a total of 11 goals,” he said. “I want to keep assisting and scoring, but truthfully I just want to keep winning. Pancyprians welcomed me with opened arms for my first CSL season and I’m very thankful for that. We have a great team with a bright future.
Past player of the weeks
Week 1: Lansdowne Bhoys striker Ovan Oakley-- 2 goals, 1 assist vs Central Park Rangers Whites
Week 2: Cedar Stars Academy striker Paul Nittoli-- 2 goals vs NY Pancyprian Freedoms
Week 3: Central Park Rangers Whites midfielder Idy Watt-- 2 goals vs NY Athletic Club
Week 4: Manhattan Kickers striker Mahamadou "Remi" Diaby-- 2 goals, 1 assist vs NY Greek Americans
Week 5: NY Pancyprian Freedoms midfielder Adam Himeno-- 1 goal, 1 assist vs NY Greek American
Week 6: NY Greek Americans left back Joseph Ruesgen-- 2 assists and a clean sheet vs Zum Schneider F.C 03
Week 7: Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona-- 3 goals, 3 assists vs Doxa SC
Week 8: Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona-- 2 goals, 2 assists vs Zum Schneider F.C
Week 9: Cedar Stars Academy attacking midfielder Christopher Katona-- 6 goals vs Manhattan Kickers
Week 10: Central Park Rangers Whites midfielder James Greco-- 2 goals vs Doxa SC
Midwinter make-up round: NY Greek American midfielder Colin Murphy-- 2 goals vs NY Athletic Club
Week 11: NY Shamrock SC striker James Whyte-- 3 goals vs Zum Schneider FC