Richmond County FC poses for a team photo prior to it's Week 19 match against Stal Mielec NY (Credit: Richmond County FC)
The division leading New York Shamrocks SC kicked off Week 19 by setting a goal scoring record for this season. That set a ton as only one of the four other games played was decided by fewer than one goal, and in that contest both teams scored a combined five times. The hunt to finish in the top four is still anyone's race and the hope to escape relagation is still up in the air for two teams.
Full recap below:
Saturday, May 8
New York Shamrock SC vs Real Olé FC (12-2)
No goal scorer information provided by Real Olé FC
The honor of most goals scored in a single game this season belongs to New York Shamrock SC, who put 12 up against Real Olé FC on Saturday night. The match is also the highest scoring match in terms of total goals scored with 14.
Following last week’s 10-0, 45 minute match against Zum Schneider FC 03 II, Olé FC’s was able to put two goals on the board against the singent New York defense. The Rock’s were ultimately able to overwhelm the struggling side and put it away convincingly.
William "Jimmy" McMillian scored an astounding five goals for his team in the match. Chris Uy and Rafa Carvalho scored three and two goals each, respectivly. James Whyte and Nikita Zhuravlev each scored one goal to round out the team's performance.
Real is scheduled to host Richmond County FC this Sunday with a time yet to be announced. Shamrocks will host Zum II that afternoon. A win in that and anything besides a Manhattan Celtic win will clinch the CSL first division title for New York.
Note: Real Olé FC’s Week 17 matches against Kelemeni FC NY (both first team and reserves) have been ruled forfeits. The team is deducted six points and now sits at 3 pts this season and in 12th place.
Manhattan Celtic vs Polonia SC (Postponed)
The match between Manhattan Celtic and Polonia SC was not played due to field issues. It is being rescheduled for a later date. Any further information will be posted here or on league social media.
Celtic will visit New York Greek Americans II this Sunday and Polonia will host Kelmendi FC NY on the same day.
Sunday, May 9
Hoboken FC 1912 vs Manhattan Kickers (4-2)
With a New Jersey State Cup semifinal looming, Hoboken FC 1912 kept their focus on league play and defeated Manhattan Kickers, 4-2. In a match where Hoboken head coach Steve Korfiatis elected to spread out his roster, new signing Aitor Hernandez stole the show scoring all four of his team’s goals in his debut match.
Danny Herrera, Pete Martin, and Anthony Carracino all assisted on one of Hernandez’s goals, respectively.
"Generally we did a good job stretching their back line to allow Aitor to make some fabulous runs beyond their defenders,” said Korfiatis in an email. “Credit to Kickers who were also having numbers issues but put up a great fight to stay within a small distance of us throughout the match and continuously apply pressure and never give up.”
While the game started off evenly, Manhattan’s Mahamadou “Remi” Diaby was taken down while at midfield. Kicker’s head coach Bryan Baracaldo explained this was where his team lost focus as Hoboken bounced back and scored their first off a counter. The team wasn’t able to move past the perceived non-call and two minutes later Hernandez struck again for Hoboken.
Diaby was able to pull one back later on in the first and James Zaiden scored another during the second half. However Hoboken’s lead was never challenged and the team scored two more times in the final 45 to secure the win.
“(Those) two minutes really deflated us and from there we were mentally screwed during the rest of the game,” said Baracaldo afterwards. “It was an opportunity lost, because despite not having our starting Keeper or starting back line, we had our chances against an also seemingly weak Hoboken squad who were using some reserves as well.”
Hoboken will visit Stal Mielec NY this Sunday afternoon in Week 20 while the Kickers desperately need three points against Beyond FC on the same day.
Stal Mielec NY vs Zum Schneider FC 03 II (0-3)
Zum Schneider FC 03 II is staying in fourth place after a three-goal shutout of Stal Mielec NY. Since the start of April, Stal has lost six of seven games and has dropped into the lower half of the table.
Zum II head coach Ryan Horch said afterwards that his team had to play patiently and wait for Stal to make openings. They organized and forced the home team into multiple rushed decisions. Atay Yilmaz had two crisp chances on net but was unable to hit the target.
In the second half, the waiting finally paid off and the breakthrough commenced. Fresh legs made a huge difference when sub Conor Pellas slipped Yilmaz through on goal to open up the scoring early on. The second goal came not long after when Zum earned a corner kick. While Stal’s defense initially punched it out, Lucas Doucette delivered a great cross to find Evan Kostylev's head. Stephen Ojo finished out the game with his team’s third goal off an assist from Chris de Abreau.
"I thought on the day we were the better side enjoying most of the ball and the run of play,” said Horch. “Discipline and patience eventually paid off and we were able to put together a solid victory. Even better was that we received production from every player."
Zum will visit New York Shamrock SC this Sunday in what could be the deciding match in the CSL title race. Stal will host Hoboken FC 1912 the same day.
Kelmendi FC NY vs New York Greek Americans II (0-2)
No goal scorer information provided by New York Greek Americans II
New York Greek Americans II broke a two-game slide against Kelmendi FC NY on Sunday. The two unanswered goals lifted the Greeks to their eighth win of the season and the team now has 24 points, slotting them in the highly competitive middle of the table.
The result is the latest in an up-and-down spring season for Greeks II who have gone 5-0-4 since the competition restarted back in March. The results aren’t that unlike the first team currently in the Eastern Premier Soccer League, who are sitting in 5th place with 24 points, long shots for any title this season. The Over-30 team is also sitting at 3-0-3 in Division 3 North as well.
Greeks II hope to keep the momentum going against Manhattan Celtic on Sunday evening. Kelmendi will try to regroup as they play Polonia SC earlier that morning.
Richmond County FC vs Beyond FC (3-2)
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Richmond County FC downed Beyond FC, 3-2, in Sunday’s main event on Staten Island. While out of the title race, County’s hunt for a fourth place finish is still very much alive as the team sits at 25 points after 18 games with one match in hand over most of the division.
Richmond’s leading scorer Mark Shnadshteyn scored his team’s first two goals, lifting his season total to eight and putting him on the edge of being one of the Top 5 top scorers this season. That wasn’t enough though as Beyond pushed back with two goals of their own. In the end, David Folvarsky cemented match MVP honors when he assisted Albert Ruci on what would be the game winning goal.
Richmond is scheduled to play Real Olé FC this Sunday but a time has not been announced. Beyond will host the Manhattan Kickers on Sunday afternoon.