The New York Greek Americans gather up in Week 6 during their match against New York Athletic Club (Credit: New York Greek Americans)
The Second Qualifying Round of the 2020 U.S. Open Cup meant less games this weekend in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League top division. Two narrow wins and one midweek affair affected the standings and Lansdowne Yonkers and NY Greek Americans both pick up wins.
Here's the full recap:
Wednesday, October 16
Sporting SC v. Lansdowne Yonkers FC (1-4)
Prior to its U.S. Open Cup qualifying match, Lansdowne Yonkers FC won in horrendous weather, 4-1, over Sporting SC. Despite the weekday match, neither team was playing on short rest since both of their Week 5 games were called off for various reasons.
Despite the weather and being on the road, the Bhoys were able to dominate the first half. Two goals from Dean Dillon and one from Konstantin Moellering before halftime set the pace for what Sporting needed to do if it wanted to earn any points against a top division team.
In almost an identical way, the three goal lead allowed Sporting to play some of the better football in the second half as Yonkers took its foot off the pedal. Bala Danso gave the visitors a fourth goal midway through but Sporting was able to pull one back late with a goal from Saul Corado-Ramirez, assisted by Bernard Asiedu.
Lansdowne will look to bounce back from its loss this past weekend in Open Cup qualifiers as it visits Zum Schneider FC 03 this Sunday. Sporting will play on Saturday against another recently promoted team, KidSuper Samba AC.
Saturday, October 19
New York Shamrock SC v. Doxa FC (0-1)
A second half goal by Junior Rosero gave Doxa FC a huge win over New York Shamrock SC on Saturday night. The loss for last year’s semi-finalists keeps them in the bottom three after six games played, the most of any team in Division 1 up until this point.
Doxa controlled the game early, getting multiple chances in the first 10 minutes and keeping the pressure on throughout. Team manager Peter Legakis said afterwards that his team should have put the game away sooner, knowing the Rocks are not a team that should be given chances. After Ahmad Elfaham fed Rosero for the goal with half an hour to play, the home side picked up the pace and nearly equalized in the final five minutes before goalkeeper Josh Weiss made a great save for his team.
Doxa head to Travers Island this Sunday to take on New York Athletic Club for its next league game while Shamrocks host defending champions New York Pancyprian Freedoms on Randalls Island the same night.
Sunday, October 20
New York Athletic Club v. New York Greek Americans (0-1)
The New York Greek Americans scored early and held onto the narrow lead against New York Athletic Club on Sunday. A 17th minute corner by Fredrik Mathise set up John Sabal for his third goal of the season.
“Big bump in overall quality on our end with his lead from the coaches sideline plus senior captain Shaun Foster on the pitch,” team manager Frank Bouklis said afterwards in an email.
The Greeks nearly scored more, but moments such as a goal line clearance and great save by the NYAC keeper kept Stefanos Hondrakis and Marius Koss off the scoresheet.
The Greeks will head to New Jersey to face Cedar Stars Academy this weekend while Athletic Club hosts Doxa FC at noon the same day.