A few teams finished their fall season last weekend as the the halfway point is in reach. The New York Pancyprian Freedoms, who qualified for the U.S. Open Cup over the weekend, will need to make-up two games before the end of the year while Lansdowne has one more game to play against Doxa as well.
Read the full recap below:
Saturday, November 23
Lansdowne Yonkers FC v. Doxa FC (2-0)
Doxa FC and Lansdowne Yonkers FC are ending the fall season with a back-to-back home and away series thanks to the latters involvement in 2020 U.S. Open Cup qualifying. The first of these games took place on Saturday, and the visiting Bhoys upended Doxa, 2-0, to remain in control of the D1 table.
The high pace game played into both teams strengths as Doxa has emerged as a dark horse title contender this season. They struggled on Saturday however against the Lansdowne backline which kept the home side far away from the 18-yard box.
David Gutierrez got the Bhoys a score in the 25th minute with a glancing header as the team continued to attack the Doxa net. Dean Dillon came close on two occasions to adding a second but went wide on two good chances.
Doxa tried to play well on counter-attacks in the second half but the majority of possession still stuck with Lansdowne. Shaquille Saunchez fed Chris Katona for a clinching goal late in the game from 20 yards out.
The two teams will finish up the fall season against one-another on Sunday, December 8th.
KidSuper Samba AC v. New York Shamrock SC (1-4)
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The New York Shamrocks SC ended the fall season with a win over the struggling KidSuper Samba AC. After a four-game losing streak (five games winless), the Rocks now sit at 7 points this year. KidSuper meanwhile has ruined a hot start in Division 1, not winning a league game in the entire month of November and only winning one match in the last two months.
The Shamrocks goal scorers were Joey Aronovsky (who picked up two), Stuart Colbert, and Darren Coleman after he successfully converted a penalty kick.
Sunday, November 24
Zum Schneider FC 03 v. Sporting SC (3-3)
Sporting SC picked up a critical point on Sunday against Zum Schneider FC 03. While both teams could be disappointed about leaving two extra points on the table, Sporting now has the chance to jump out of the relegation zone in its final fall game.
Tavoy Brown scored all three of Sportings’ goals including the game tying free kick score with only a few minutes to play. His first goal gave the team an early lead but Zum began to mount pressure and went up 3-1 heading into the third. Maximilian Mansfield and Saad Afif both picked up assists on Brown’s first two goals respectively.
According to head coach Alexander Berscheid, Zum struggled in finishing its chances despite the score. The lead could have been much more and the two additional points could have made a big difference.
“Instead, we had a recent slump including last night only gaining a point,” Berscheid said. “We have slipped down to ‘the pack’ and are one of many teams right there in midfield – everything open again it seems!”
Zum’s Jordan Trinci-lyne scored twice during the game including the initial score to tie the game back at 1-1 and the go-ahead goal not long after. Lukas Hauer scored off a penalty and assisted one of Jordan’s goals while Tomas Gomes assisted the other.
Sporting has one more game to play before the season breaks. If the team can score an upset win over the New York Pancyprian Freedoms, it will jump into 8th place over KidSuper Samba AC. The final regular season game for the team will be at home on Sunday, December 15.
New York Greek Americans v. Cedar Stars Academy (1-3)
The Cedar Stars Academy boys won on Sunday night over the New York Greek Americans, ending a four game winless streak and enter the winter break on a high note. The two-time defending finalists can still end the first half of the season in the top four depending how Doxa FC plays in its final fall game this weekend.
Ovan Oakley returned to scoring form for his team early on while two lesser-known names to the scoresheet also helped out as Coco Sylvain and Pablo De Castro each scored a goal. Winger Maxi Garcia assisted on two goals and Vito Argeri earned one as well.
The Greeks scored a late goal thanks to Angus Hastings being quick off a goalkeeper deflection, but the team struggled the rest of the match. The home side were stopped by keeper Etan Moubarakh, who made five key saves to hold the Greeks back.
The Stars team owner Oliver Papraniku said afterwards that he was proud of his team for the hard fought win against a strong opponent.