NY Pancyprian Freedoms players celebrating. Picture by Dinos Avlonitis
By Ralph 'Onz' Chery
Dec. 17th, 2018
It was raining on Sunday and we’re not talking about water, it was raining goals. In fact it was the most rain the CSL has seen in one night as the league displayed the highest scoring match in the modern era.
NY Pancyprian Freedoms were on the end of it as they enjoyed a comfortable 8-2 victory over Doxa S.C. on Sunday night home at St. John’s University Belson Stadium.
Three years ago, there was also a 10-goal game, the Freedoms won that encounter as well, rolling past United F.C., 9-1, on Sept. 20th, 2015.
Shavon John-Brown tallied five assists and two goals on Sunday while Adam Himeno scored a hat trick and racked an assist in the Queens based club’s victory.
NY Pancyprian Freedoms striker Shavon John-Brown registered the most assist in a single game thus far this season, finding his teammates five times on Sunday night versus Doxa S.C.
John-Brown’s five assists was the most any players had in a single match thus far this season and the most the Grenadian international ever had in his career.
“Never had so much assist in a game before,” he said after the match. “I think I just came out to play tonight and my teammates and I were all on the same page, the ball movement, the weight of each pass, everything was just going the way we all wanted it to.”
John-Brown started the scoring party in the eighth minute as he controlled Andreas Iosifidis’ pass before bolting down the right wing past a Doxa defender and strolling a shot beyond the opposite keeper.
Two minutes later, John-Brown charged down the right flank again then squared the ball to Himeno, who one-timed a shot in the net.
The 23-year-old found Himeno again in the box with a well-hit cross in the 16th minute. After controlling John-Brown’s pass, the former St. John’s player banged a sublime acrobatic shot in the net.
Doxa pulled a goal back two minutes after the restart when Dominick Falanga whipped a delightful shot from the top of the box beyond Hector Gerrero’s reach.
NYPF right back Jonathan Borrajo inscribed his name in the scoresheet in the 54th minute as he drove Andreas Andreou’s pass in the goal.
Himeno completed his hat trick an hour into the match after positioning himself in the right spot for an easy tap in to push the Cypriot club up 5-1.
Adam Himeno scored a hat trick in NY Pancyprian Freedoms' 8-2 win over Doxa S.C.
As they’re known for, Doxa kept punching back even when they had already hit the ground.
The Greek club scored a second goal in the 70th minute, drawing a 5-2 scoreline. Stephanos Hondrakis intercepted Andreas Chronis’ bad pass back to keeper Guerrero, who was off his line. After taking a couple of touches away from a defender Hondrakis steered a shot in the Pancyprians’ empty net from the top of the 18.
Chronis made up for his mistake six minutes later, beaming John-Brown’s pass to the top left corner of the net from inside the box on a counter.
John-Brown completed his brace in the 80th minute. Himeno played a huge part in the former Alderson Broaddus player's second goal as he dribbled down the left wing and into the box away from a defender before squaring a pass to John-Brown, who coolly fired a shot to the bottom left corner.
At 7-2, the rain wasn’t over yet. Borroja’s second goal two minutes before the final whistle was the last raindrop of the night.
The Cosmos fullback found himself in a rare one-on-one situation with the opposite keeper after controlling John-Brown’s through ball. The defender didn’t look uncomfortable in the 1-V-1 situation with the keeper as he dribbled toward him before maneuvering a shot in the net.
John-Brown enjoyed the 8-2 win and his five assists but didn’t fully savor the game because of the annoying rain.
“It was fun but the weather took some joy out of it,” the youngster said.
The Freedoms go into the winter break on top of the table with three more points than second placed Cedar Stars Academy via an unbeaten 9W-0L-1T record.
Doxa on the other end finishes the first half of the season in eighth spot just two points above the dropzone with a 3W-6L-1T record.