Roller Hockey Insider: Week of 11/28

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Picture: Forwards for both Road Runners (Red) and Puckin Monkeys (Purple) take a face off. Photo by Franklin Heinzmann.

Blue League Recaps

Don Bombs vs Godspeed

Don Bombs were playing without any substitutes, but that didn’t stop them from getting out to a 2-0 early lead. James May scored both goals. With 8:09 left in the first half, Godspeed forward Roger Whitefield scored to put his team on the board. With 2:18 left, he scored again to make it 2-2. Don Bombs May’ scored once again to give his team the lead with 55 seconds left in the half. 3-2 at halftime.

After 14 minutes of play in the second half the first goal was scored. Bryan Castronova, forward for Godspeed, scored to tie the game at three. Adam Stover, of Godspeed, sored with 4:40 to take the lead. With exactly four minutes left Zachary Smith scored for Don Bombs to tie the game. It was assisted by Andrew Vogt. With 1:26 left, Stover scored once again to give his team the 5-4 lead. It is this week’s Goal of the Night because it was the game winner. Final Score: Godspeed 5 Don Bombs 4.

Blazing Nuggets vs Regulation Hair Loss (RHL)

This game started out with RHL goalie Jacob Szymozak make saves on two consecutive breakaways. One with the glove and one on a kick save. You could pick either one and call it the Save of the Night. I’m a sucker for a glove save robbery so that one is this week’s Save of the Night. Matthew Manns, player for RHL, scored a hat trick in the span of 4 minutes to start the scoring. Blazing Nuggets got on the board with 13:53 left when Eric Scheck scored a goal to make it 3-1. RHL’s Shawn Allen scored with 6:27 left to make it 4-1. RHL Manns scored another with 1:49 left. RHL’s Aaron Crane scored as time expired to make it 6-1 going into halftime.

Blazing Nuggets didn’t throw in the towel. Evidenced by them scoring the first three goals in the half. Scheck scored two and Roy Wasiewic scored the third to make it 6-4 with 17 minutes left.

RHL’s Manns put a stop to the outpour of goals when he scored again to make it 7-4. RHL’s Allen scored with 11 minutes left to make it 8-4. Blazing Nuggets rebounded with two goals scored by Patrick Diggler and Wasiewic. Each team exchanged a goal before the buzzer. Final Score: RHL 9 Blazing Nuggets 7.

 

High Slot Clap Bombs (HSCB) vs Spartans

I’ve been working at Epic for roughly six months and something ive never seen happened in this game. There wasn’t a single goal scored in the first half. Lots of shots were put on target but none crossed the goal line. The most noteworthy thing that happened in the half is that HSCB killed off a four-minute penalty.

The second half was all HSCB. In the first four minutes of the half HSCB scored four goals. The goals were scored by Patrick Griffin, Tyler Landahl, Jordayn Partyka, and James Krowlikowski in that order. 4-0 HSCB. With 11:36 left, Landahl scored again to make it 5-0. After an aggressive rest of the second half Spartans got on the board with 55 seconds left. It was scored by Matthew Manns. Final Score HSCB 5 Spartans 1. HSCB goalie Corey Fohrd maintained a shutout for 43 out of 44 minutes so he’s the Goalie of the Night.

 

Green League

Road Runners vs Puckin Monkeys 

Road Runners got out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by Adam Revezzo. Matthew Manns, playing for Puckin Monkeys, then scored a hat trick over the next 10 minutes. Puckin Monkeys had a 3-1 lead with 4:50 left to go in the first half. Daniel Farrell, Puckin Monkeys forward, scored a goal with 1:36 left to make it 4-1 going into halftime.

Same as the first half, Road Runners started the scoring off for the half thanks to a goal by Joesph Hozdi with 19:17 left in the first half. Puckin Monkeys’ Manns countered with a goal just one minute later to make it 5-2. The next two goals were scored by Puckin Monkeys’ Farrell to make it 7-2. With 1:43 left Manns added another goal to make it 8-2. Final Score: Puckin Monkeys 8 Road Runners 2. Manns is this week’s Player of the Night for his dominating five goal night.

 

Weekly Awards

Player of the Night: Matthew Manns, Puckin Monkeys & Regulation Hair Loss

Goalie of the Night: Corey Fohrd, High Slot Clap Bombs

Goal of the Night: Adam Stover, Godspeed

Save of the Night: Jacob Szymozak, Regulation Hair Loss

 

 

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Roller Hockey Insider: Week of 11/21

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Picture: High Slot Clap Bombs forward (Grey) gets off a pass before an oncoming Regulation Hair Loss defender (Purple) takes the puck away. Photo by Franklin Heinzmann.

 

Blue League Recaps

High Slot Clap Bombs (HSCB) vs Regulation Hair Loss (RHL)

To start out the best game of the night, RHL’s Greg Day scored with 20:33 left in the first half. Just under two minutes later, HSCB forward Tyler Lahindal tied up the game on a goal that was assisted by Jordan Partyka. HSCB’s Evan Dressel scored with 16:17 left in the first half to take the lead. RHL’s Christopher Rogers responded with a goal of his own to tie the game with 6:19 left in the first half. HSCB’S Patrick Griffin, sporting the number 71 like Evgeni Malkin, scored to make it 3-2. Each team added one more goal to take it to halftime. 4-3 HSCB.

The second half was just as competitive as the first. RHL’s Griffin tied the game at 4 with his second goal. HSCB’s Griffin scored his second of the game with 20:41 left to give his team the 5-4 lead. RHL’s Christopher Allen scored an unassisted goal with exactly 19 minutes left to tie it back up at five. With 17:03, HSCB’s James Krolikowski scored this week’s Goal of the Night. Krolikowski scored from the left side while parallel with the goalie to give his team the lead. When I saw him score the goal, it brought to mind a goal former Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis scored. Krolikowski added another with 14:55 left to give his team the 7-5 lead. RHL’s Day fired back with another one of his own to close the gap between the two teams to one. HSCB’s Pat Smith restored his team’s two goal lead when he scored with 11:09 left. After about 10 minutes of really intense roller hockey, RHL pulled the goalie in an attempt to close the two goal gap they faced. With 18 seconds left, Allen scored on a rebound. Unfortunately, that’s all they could do to close the gap. Final Score: HSCB 8 RHL 7.

 

Spartans vs Godspeed

The game started out with 4-0 run by Godspeed, which included three goals from Roger Whitefield and a goal by Ricard Benny. With 11:30 left in the first half Spartans got on the board. Their first goal was scored by Scott Matthews. Godspeed’s Whitefield added another goal to his total with 10:31 left in the first half to make it 5-1 Godspeed. The score remained going into halftime.

The key to Godspeed’s success was that they dominated possession. Spartans were able to even out possession and because of it, they were able to score. Spartans forward Adam Owczarczak scored with 17:47 left in the second half. 20 seconds later, Whitefield responded with another goal to make it 6-2. Two more Godspeed goals were scored, but not by Whitefield. Adam Stover scored with 14:43 left an 11:54 left to make it 8-2. Owczarczak scored for Spartans with 7:45 left and Josh Allen scored with 4:08 left to make it 8-4. The game looked all but over, until Godspeed’s Stover added another one with 1:44 left. Final Score: Godspeed 9 Spartans 4. Roger Whitefield is this week’s Player of the Night for his dominating seven goal performance.

 

Don Bombs vs Blazing Nuggets

The game started out with a 4-0 run by Blazing Nuggets. Goals were scored by Eric Scheck, William Martek, and two from Roy Wasiewic. With 11:07 left in the first half Don Bombs made their mark on a goal scored by Andrew Vogt. Blazing Nuggets forward Pat Diggler, wearing the number 14, scored with 10:45 left to make it 5-1. Don Bombs forward Zachary Smith, also wearing the number 14, scored with 9:08 left in the half. The next three goals were a battle within the war. Each #14 traded goals, and Smith scored to win the battle and put his team up 6-4 with 4:10 left in the first half. Don Bombs put up one more goal before halftime to make it 7-4. It was scored by Martek.

The second half started out very evenly matched. Momentum shifted thanks to this week’s Save of the Night. Dennis F., Blazing Nuggets goalie, was seemingly beat by a Don Bombs forward. While he was on all fours he threw up his leg pad to make a highlight worthy save. Blazing Nuggets took it down to the other end of the rink and scored. Martek scored and it was assisted by Diggler. Eric Schek added another for Blazing Nuggets with 10:22 left to make it 9-4. Don Bombs forwards Scheck and James May scored the next two over a 10 minute stretch. 9-6 Blazing Nuggets. With time winding down Blazing Nuggets’ Wasiewic scored to put the nail in the coffin. Final Score: Blazing Nuggets 10 Don Bombs 6.

 

Green League Recaps

Crystal Palace vs Puckin Monkeys

The only Green game of the night featured Crystal Palace and Puckin Monkeys. Crystal Palace’s Joe Bence started the scoring off by scoring with 17:40 left in the first half. Puckin Monkeys forward Matthew Manns the team’s first goal exactly one minute later to tie it at one. With 7:34 left in the first half, Shawn Allen of Puckin Monkeys scored to give his team the 2-1 lead. Crystal Palace forward James Riehle scored with exactly five minutes left to tie it at 2. With ten seconds left Puckin Monkeys’ Adam Owczarczak scored a goal that was assisted by Manns give them a 3-2 lead at halftime.

The first goal in the second half was scored by Puckin Monkeys’ Farrell scored with 18:28 left. Puckin Monkeys then went on a three goal run in the span of ten minutes. Goals were scored by Allen, Manns, and Farrell. By the seven-minute mark it was 7-2 Puckin Monkeys. Crystal Palace’s Bence scored the team’s third goal with 5:26 left. It was assisted by Kevin Cook.  Despite giving up seven goals, this week’s Goalie of the Night is Crystal Palace’s Mike Sante for stopping more than 30 shots. Final Score: Crystal Palace 3 Puckin Monkeys 7.

 

Weekly Awards

Player of the Night: Roger Whitefield, Godspeed

Goalie of the Night: Mike Sante, Crystal Palace

Goal of the Night: James Krolikowski, High Slot Clap Bombs

Save of the Night: Dennis F., Blazing Nuggets

 

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Roller Hockey Insider: 11/14

Welcome to the new Roller Hockey Insider. Every Wednesday you can expect to see recaps of select Roller Hockey games from both the Tuesday Blue (Competitive) and Tuesday Green (Recreation) league. Each edition of Roller Hockey Insider features player awards. This session, the following awards will be given to players that play in games that I cover: Goal of the Night, Save of the Night, Player of the Night, and Goalie of the Night.

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Picture: Crystal Palace forward (White) takes a shot on Invaders net (Red/Black) by Franklin Heinzmann.

Green League Recaps

Red Machine vs Puckin’ Monkeys –

 The game started out with a nice sprawling save from Red Machine’s goalie Blake Smith. The save was so good, that it was the Save of the Night. The first goal of the game came from Puckin’ Monkeys’ Daniel Farrell and was assisted by Robert Wolfe. Adam Owczarzak, forward for Puckin’ Monkeys, scored the team’s second goal and was assisted by Shawn Allen. Puckin’ Monkeys had a 2-0 lead. Puckin’ Monkeys’ forward Matthew Manns scored the team’s third goal and fourth goal with 11:44 left and 10:13 left respectively; 4-0 Puckin’ Monkeys. Red Machine scored their first goal with 5:45 left in the first half thanks to forward Eric Tuchols. Puckin’ Monkeys added another before halftime to make it 5-1 going into halftime.

The second half started with Wolfe scoring on a wrist shot with 19:31 left to make it 6-1. The goal was assisted by Manns. Just a few minutes later Red Machine were able to kill off a penalty and silence the Puckin’ Monkeys with a man down. With 14:40 left in the half, Puckin’ Monkeys Scott Gregor forward scored the team’s seventh goal after a nice pass from Farrell. Just over two minutes later, Owczarzak scored to make it 8-1 in favor of Puckin’ Monkeys. Red Machine put up a valiant effort for the next 10 minutes of play before scoring their second goal with 44 seconds left in the game. Ronald Syzmarek scored the goal and it was assisted by Tuchols. Farrell scored with eight seconds left to make the score 9-2. Final Score: Puckin’ Monkeys 9 Red Machine 2.

 

Invaders vs Crystal Palace – 

This game was the most competitive of the night, and it wasn’t even in the “competitive” league. The first half was very evenly matched up until 13:45 left when Invaders forward Scott Przepasniak scored the first goal of the game, which was assisted by Adam Booth. Crystal Palace then responded with a goal with just over 10 minutes left in the first half to tie it at 1-1. The goal was scored by Kevin Cook. With 7:48 left, Crystal Palace forward Christopher Territo scored a goal that dinged off the crossbar and post then into the back of the net, to give his team the 2-1 lead. It is the Goal of the Night. Jason Fullone added another with 12 seconds left in the half to make it 3-1 Crystal Palace heading into halftime.

Crystal Palace’s Matthews and Fullone scored the next two goals f the game, with 17:54 left and 16:48 left in the second half respectively. Shortly after the second Crystal Palace goal, Przepasniak scored Invaders third and final goal of the night. Matthews added two more for Crystal Palace before the game ended. Final Score: Crystal Palace 7 Invaders 3.

Blue League Recaps

Godspeed vs. Regulation Hair Loss (RHL)

The game started with a goal from Shawn Allen which was assisted by Sean Tate to make it 1-0 RHL with 19:43 left in the first half. 3 minutes later, RHL’s Scott Mathews scored his first of the night to increase his team’s lead to 2-0. Matthews put in another goal with 8:52 left in the first half off of a nice pass from Tate, 3-0 RHL. With 6:07 left in the first half, RHL’s Matt Manns scored his only goal of the game to make it 4-0 RHL. With 4:20 left Allen scored a goal which was assisted by Tate, 5-0 RHL. Tate then scored another two goals for RHL before half time. The score at halftime was 7-0.

After letting RHL put up a “touchdown” on them, Godspeed came out firing and got on the board with 20:31 left in the first half thanks to a goal from Adam Stover. It was 7-1 RHL at that point. RHL’s William George quickly replied with a goal of his own. 8-1 RHL. George scored RHL’s ninth goal just one minute later and assisted Tate on the team’s tenth goal with 10:22 left. Godspeed still weren’t giving in Roger Whitefield scored the team’s second goal with an assist from Richard Benny. 10-2 RHL. RHL’s Aaron Crane added one more with eight seconds left. Final Score: 11-2 RHL over Godspeed.

Not having any substitutes really hurt Godspeed but I’m sure they’ll come out eager to erase this lose in their next game against Spartans next week. Sean Tate is this week’s Player of the Night for putting up 6 points (4G + 2A) and Christopher Rogers is this week’s Goalie of the Night for stopping 26 out of 28 shots.

Weekly Awards

Player of the Night: Scott Matthews, Regulation Hair Loss

Goalie of the Night: Cristopher Rogers, Regulation Hair Loss

Goal of the Night: Christopher Territo, Crystal Palace

Save of the Night: Blake Smith, Red Machine

 

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Men’s Soccer Rundown: Championship

By Franklin Heinzmann

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Picture: GPS, this session’s champions. Picture by Franklin Heinzmann.

Recaps

The championship game featuring GPS and Celtic was the best game of the season by far. It was filled with drama, goals, great defensive plays, diving saves, and anything you could want out of a soccer game.

The first half started by Celtic’s Kevin W. scoring with 15:52 left in the first half. Aitor F., of GPS, tied it up only 22 seconds later. Each team was really organized defensively, which made it hard for goals to be scored. Josh F., player for Celtic, scored a screamer of a goal to make it 2-1 Celtic with 5:20 left in the half. Austin M., added to Celtic’s lead with 2:58 left in the half to make it 3-1. The score at halftime was 3-1.

The second half started out with a quick goal by Celtic’s Tom C. just three minutes in to make it 4-1. Josh P., of GPS, scored with 10:48 left. That goal showed that GPS wasn’t out of the game just yet. He then scored again with 9:15 left in the game. Francesco C., of GPS, then tied it up with 5:41 left making that three unanswered goals for GPS. Brandon V., forward for Celtic and third highest in goals scored this session, scored just 33 seconds later to give Celtic the lead once more. After a very intense two minutes of soccer, GPS earned and scored on a corner thanks to a low driven shot from Aitor F. to make it 5-5. The game ended in a tie, so it was determined that the game would go to a penalty kick shootout.

The penalty kick shootout was set up so that a winter would be determined in 5 rounds, and if necessary, it would go do sudden death. After each team converted every opportunity from the penalty spot after five rounds, it went to sudden death. The shootout went 11 rounds until a Celtic player couldn’t convert his opportunity which won GPS the championship. Aitor F. is this week’s Player of the Week for converting all of his attempts in the penalty shootout and has the Goal of the Week for scoring the tying goal to send it to a penalty kick shootout. Congratulations GPS!

The first consolation game was Bluesteel vs Rag Tag FC. The first half was very tightly contested, contrary to how most would think this game would play out. It was only shortly before halftime that Dan (no last name given) on Rag Tag FC scored the game’s first goal and the only goal of the first half.

The second half started with a goal from Bluesteel’s Tolani A. with 21:41 left in the game. Rag Tag FC’s Ricardo (no last name given) then scored a goal with 18:26 left in the game to help Rag Tag FC retake the lead. Bluesteel then spent the next 15 minutes trying to put a goal in the net but to no avail. John D., Rag Tag FC’s goalie, played his best game of the session which earned him this week’s Keeper of the Week honors. Rag Tag FC’s Ricardo (no last name) put the nail in the coffin with his second goal of the night with 2:29 left in the game to give Rag Tag FC a 3-1 lead. The goal also secured the team’s first win of the session. Final Score: Rag Tag FC 3 Bluesteel 1.

Manchesthair United vs North Buffalo FC, the other consolation game, was postponed.

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Men’s Soccer Rundown: Playoffs

By Franklin Heinzmann

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Picture: Chris C. of Manchesthair United (Red #99)) defending Anthony S. of Rag Tag FC (Green). Picture by Franklin Heinzmann

Recaps

The first playoff game of the night pitted #1 seeded GPS up against vs #4 seeded North Buffalo FC (NB). When these two teams played each other on week four, GPS defeated NB 7-3. To start out the game Diego (no last name) scored to make it 1-0 GPS with just over 18 minutes left in the first half. Lloyd M, GPS forward, doubled GPS’s lead by making it 2-0 with 14:46 left. North Buffalo then tightened up by getting more organized on defense and were able to stop a few GPS chances before going down to the other end of the pitch and earn some chances on net. Josh B, NB forward and captain, capitalized on one of those chances by putting away a rebound to make it 2-1 GPS with 12:57 left. The score remained at halftime; 2-1 GPS.

The second half started out with a quick GPS goal from Lloyd M. to make it 3-1 with 21:06 left. About 10 minutes later a GPS player was given a red card because he was given his yellow card of the night. However, it didn’t stop GPS from securing the victory and moving into the championship. Lloyd M. is this week’s Player of the Week for scoring the game-winning goal and another one after that. Although they didn’t win the game, NB should be proud of themselves for holding GPS to only three goals, which is the least amount of goals they’ve scored in a single game all session.

The second playoff game featured #2 seeded Celtic playing #3 seeded Bluesteel. When these teams played in the regular season, Celtic beat Bluesteel 3-0. The first half started with a Celtic goal courtesy of Dillon O. to make it 1-0 Celtic on a low driven free kick. About a minute after their first goal, .Celtic was awarded a penalty. The penalty was shut down by Bluesteel goalkeeper Issac D. Because he beat the odds and stopped a penalty shot, in addition to making a few more nice saves, Isaac D. is this week’s Keeper of the Week. Cole S. scored for Celtic to make it 2-0 with 17:06 left. Tolani A, forward for Bluesteel, scored to get his team on the board with 14:07 left. Josh F., forward for Celtic, quickly replied with a goal of his own to make it 3-1 just 25 seconds later. Bluesteel then added one more before halftime to make it 3-2 going into halftime.

The majority of the second half was very tightly contested. Each team was trying aggressively to get through each other’s defense and add to their total. It wasn’t until Eric F. scored a great scissor kick goal with 4:45 left in the game to put his team up 4-2. Sean D., defender for Bluesteel, scored a goal with 17 seconds left to bring his team to within one but it was too little too late. Celtic defeated Bluesteel by a score of 4-3 to secure the second and final spot in the championship next week.

Manchesthair United (MU) took on Rag Tag FC (RT) in the consolation game. Lucas M., of MU, started the scoring just two minutes into the game to give his team 1-0 lead over RT. Josh M., of RT, tied it up with 18:27 left in the first half. Frank H., also of RT, scored a goal with 10:12 left in the first half to give his team a 2-1 lead. Exactly two minutes later, MU forward Rob F. scored and brought his team level. With 7:18 left in the first half, MU’s Elias K. socred a goal with gave his team the 3-2 lead over MU. After a tightly contested four minutes, Rob F. scored a goal by hitting the ball on a volley. He didn’t let the ball take a bounce, like most players do, before putting the ball past the keeper. It is this week’s Goal of the Week and gave his team a 4-2 lead.

The score at half time was 4-2. The two teams should’ve just went home at halftime, because not a single goal was scored in the second half. MU defeated RT by a score of 4-2.

 

 

Championship Week Schedule

10/31

8:00 P.M.        GPS vs Celtic – Championship

9:00 P.M.        North Buffalo FC vs Manchesthair United – Consolation

10:00 P.M.      Bluesteel vs Rag Tag FC – Consolation

 

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Men’s Soccer Rundown: Week 6

By Franklin Heinzmann

 

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Picture: GPS Defender (Black) stops Rag Tag FC’s (Green) attack. Picture by Franklin Heinzmann

Recaps

The first game of the night featured Bluesteel taking on North Buffalo FC (NBFC). Bluesteel’s Lukas S. started the scoring on by cutting in and putting the ball on the goalie’s far side to make it 1-0. That’s where the half ended, 1-0 Bluesteel. Monty S., also of Bluesteel, scored with 15:31 left in the second half to extend his team’s lead to 2-0. With 11:22 left, Arman D., defender for Bluesteel scored his team’s third goal on a free kick from downtown (like actually downtown Buffalo that’s how far it was scored from). It is this week’s Goal of the Week. Oliver S., North Buffalo FC’s put his team on the board with 9:21 left in the game. Final Score: NB 1 Bluesteel 3

The second game pitted Manchesthair United (MU) and Celtic. Tom C., forward for Celtic scored with 22:19 left in the first half to make it 1-0. With 11:19 left in the first half, a player on the MU bench was red carded. Because it was a bench red, MU was still allowed to play with 6 players and a goalie. Brandon V., of Celtic, scored with 5:34 left. That was all the scoring in the first half, 2-0 Celtic. Austin M., of Celtic, added the game’s only goal in the second half to make it 3-0. Final Score 3-0 in favor of Celtic. This week’s Goalie(s) of the Week go to Chris C. and Niko K. of MU for their first and second half efforts respectively. They stepped in net on a last minute notice and held Celtic three goals.

GPS took on Rag Tag FC in the last game of the regular season. Rag Tag FC debuted a new black logo and green kits. GPS’s Francesco C. scored three goals in the first half of the first half to make it 3-0. That lead extended to halftime; 3-0 GPS. Ed L., of GPS, scored a goal with 22:38 left in the second half to make it 4-0. Francsesco C scored another two goals in the span of two minutes to make it 6-0 GPS. Anthony S., of Rag Tag FC got his team on the board with 9:14 left in the game. Fransesco C. scored another goal for GPS with 5:39 left in the second half to make it 7-1. Fernando (no last name) scored Rag Tag FC’s second goal of the night with 2:51 left to make it 7-2. Aitor F., of GPS scored with just under a minute left left to make it 8-2. Ryan L, of GPS, scored with just abuot ten seconds left to make it 9-2. This week’s Player of the Week is Francesco C. for scoring 7 goals and becoming the regular season scoring leader.

 

Playoffs

10/24 

8:00 P.M.        GAME A – GPS vs North Buffalo FC

9:00 P.M.        GAME B – Celtic vs Bluesteel

10:00 P.M.      GAME C – Manchesthair United vs Rag Tag FC

10/31

8:00 P.M.        WINNER A vs WINNER B – Championship

9:00 P.M.        LOSER A vs 5TH – Consolation

10:00 P.M.      LOSER B vs 6TH – Consolation

 

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Men’s Soccer Rundown: Week 5

By Franklin Heinzmann

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Picture: Manchesthair United goalkeeper Alex B. (orange) clears the ball. Picture by Franklin Heinzmann

 

Recaps

The night started with Celtic vs North Buffalo FC. Both play in the Buffalo District Soccer League, a.k.a. BDSL, when they’re not playing in a league at Epic. North Buffalo FC forward Ryan P. started off of the game by putting in a header with 17:48 left in the first half. Brandon V., forward for Celtic and current joint goals leader, then stole two goal kicks in rapid succession to score two goals (with 15:27 and 14:46 left respectively) and put his team ahead. The rest of the first half was very competitive, but scoreless. Celtic had a 2-1 advantage at halftime.

The second half was just as competitive as the first. The only scoring came from Brandon V. with 8:50 on a through ball that didn’t come from a foot, it came from a hand. Ed F., Celtic goalie, threw the ball so far and accurately that it was as if Brandon V. was put through on net by a pass from one of his fellow attacker. The final score was 3-1 in favor of Celtic. The Player of the Week is once again Brandon V. of Celtic; he was responsible for all of his team’s goals in addition to being tied for the league lead in goals.

The next game had Rag Tag FC playing Manchesthair United (MU). The scoring started off with Erik H. scoring an absolute rocket of a shot from just over the halfway line to put his team up 1-0. It is this week’s Goal of the Week. Elia K., of Manchesthair United, retaliated with two goals, with 18:27 left and 15:45 left, to put MU on the board and give his team the lead. Much like the first game of the night, the rest of the first half featured these two teams in a gridlock. Ostap O., of MU, broke the gridlock by scoring with 2:22 left to give his team a 3-1 lead, which they took into halftime.

Jeffery M., of Rag Tag FC, started the second half scoring quickly with a goal just 2:50 into the second half to cut his team’s deficit to one. Manchesthair United forward Justin L., sporting a vintage Ryan Giggs jersey, scored a goal with 13:42 left in the second half. Rag Tag FC’s Josh M. responded with his first of the game exactly six minutes later to make it 4-3. Fernando V., of Rag Tag FC, scored the tying goal with 4:13 left. Unfortunately, no team was able to get a goal after 4:12 of very intense soccer so the game ended in a 4-4 draw.

The last game of the night featured first place GPS taking on third place Bluesteel. Lloyd M., forward for GPS and tied for the league lead in goals, started the scoring by capitalizing on a defensive breakdown with 21:23 left in the first half. Bluesteel’s Sean D. then tied the game up when he scored with 18:51 left. Ito F. gave GPS the lead with a goal with 10:03 left in the first half. From there on it was smoothing sailing for GPS. Francesco C., Daniel M., and Brandon B., all scored for GPS before the half concluded. The second half started with a Brandon B. goal with 20:31 left. GPS’s Fabio (no last name) scored with 9:41 left in the second half to make it 6-1.

Bluesteel then went on all-out attack trying to get back in this game but were denied by some great saves by Andrew S.. GPS’s Edward F. capitalized on the lack of defenders back and scored with 7-1 left. Brandon B., of GPS, then stole the kickoff pass and took it the letch of the field to score the team’s eigth goal. The night then ended just like it started, with a Lloyd M. goal to make it 9-1. That’s where it ended, 9-1 in favor of GPS. Andrew S. is this week’s Keeper of the Week for letting in only one goal, the least of any goalie that played on Tuesday night.

 

Standings

1. GPS (5-0-0)

2. CELTIC (4-1-0)

3. BLUESTEEL (2-2-1)

4. NORTH BUFFALO FC (1-3-1)

5. MANCHESTHAIR UNITED (0-2-3)

6. RAG TAG FC (0-4-1)

 

Next Week’s Schedule

This is the last week before the playoffs.

8:00 P.M.        NORTH BUFFALO FC vs BLUESTEEL

9:00 P.M.        CELTIC vs MANCHESTHAIR UNITED

10:00 P.M.      GPS vs RAG TAG FC

 

Playoff Format

10/24

8:00 P.M.        GAME A – 1ST vs 4TH

9:00 P.M.        GAME B – 2ND vs 3RD

10:00 P.M.      GAME C – 5TH vs 6TH

10/31

8:00 P.M.        WINNER A vs WINNER B

9:00 P.M.        LOSER A vs 5TH

10:00 P.M.      LOSER B vs 6TH

 

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Men’s Soccer Rundown: Week 4

By Franklin Heinzmann

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Picture: North Buffalo FC (blue) sets up to defend a GPS (black) corner kick. Picture by Franklin Heinzmann

 

Announcement

The ‘Goalie of the Week’ is now called the ‘Keeper of the Week’. That is all.

 

Recaps

Bluesteel squared up against Manchesthair United (MU) in the first game of the evening. H., forward for Bluesteel, started the scoring with 12:12 left in the first half by curling a low driven shot around the goalkeeper. Jake S., of Bluesteel, added another with 2:10 left in the first half. At halftime the score was 2-0.

MU came out of halftime hot, evidenced by Chris C.’s goal just four minutes into the game; 2-1 MU. Justin. L, of MU, added another goal to his team’s total shortly thereafter to make 2-2. After about 10 more minutes of MU dominance they were finally able to take the lead on a Jason K. goal that started from a free kick. However, Bluesteel were determined not to crumble, and got more offensive. Bluesteel’s efforts culminated in Lucas S., a forward for Bluesteel, soaring over a MU defender to score a header off of a corner kick. Lucas S.’s goal rescued a point in the standings for Bluesteel and is this week’s Goal of the Week. Final Score: Bluesteel 3 MU 3.

Celtic took on Rag Tag FC in the second game on Tuesday night. Rag Tag FC struck first with 12:31 left in the first half to make it 1-0 in their favor. Brandon V. then added two goals, with 9:12 and 7:42 left in the first half respectively, to give Celtic the 2-1 lead over Rag Tag FC. Dan, (no last initial given), of Celtic added another with 48 seconds left in the half to make it 3-1 Celtic going into halftime.

Rag Tag FC and Celtic started out the second half playing tightly contested soccer until 16:40 left in the second half when Rag Tag was awarded a penalty. The penalty kick was saved by Celtic goalie Ed F. Celtic then took it down the length of the field and added another goal to their tally, thanks to Kevin M.’s shot that got past the keeper. Brandon V. is this week’s Player of the Week for leading his team in scoring as well as scoring the game-winning goal. Final Score: Celtic 4 Rag Tag FC 1.

In the last game of the night Global Premier Soccer (GPS) faced North Buffalo FC (NBFC). NBFC was sporting fresh new blue kits as opposed to their usual black kits. Lloyd M., of GPS put in a header with 19:30 left in the first half to open up the scoring. Alex S. of NBFC responded with a goal that looked like it was shot out of a cannon to make it 1-1 with 14:02 left in the first half. Fabio (no last initial given), of GPS, swiftly replied with a goal of his own which gave GPS the lead once again. With 7:30 left, GPS was given a red card and had to play a man down for the rest of the game. The rest of the half was goaless so it was 2-1 at halftime with GPS ahead.

To start the second half Francesco C., of GPS, scored to give GPS a 3-1 lead on NBFC. Alex S., of NBFC, responded with a headed goal just 30 seconds later, to make it 3-2 GPS. Francesco C. clearly wasn’t thrilled about that goal, because he scored another for GPS only 21 seconds after NBFC had scored; 4-2 GPS. Fabio (no last initial given) then scored with 17:22 left in the second half to make it 5-2. Dave D., of NBFC, ended his team’s temporary scoring drought by scoring with 11:06 left to bring his team to within two. Francesco C. then scored by doing a scissor kick with 8:42 left in the second half to make the score 6-3. Edward F. sealed the deal for GPS when he scored his first of the game to make it 7-3 with 5:59 left in the game. Final Score GPS 7 NBFC 3. GPS’s short-handed victory was due in part to the great saves made by their goalkeeper Andy S., he’s this week’s Keeper of the Week.

 

Standings

1.GPS (4-0-0)

2.CELTIC (3-1-0)

3.BLUESTEEL (2-1-1)

4.NORTH BUFFALO FC (1-2-1)

5.MANCHESTHAIR UNITED (0-2-2)

6.RAG TAG FC (0-4-0)

 

Next Week’s Schedule

8:00 P.M.        NORTH BUFFALO FC vs CELTIC

9:00 P.M.        RAG TAG FC vs MANCHESTHAIR UNITED

10:00 P.M.      GPS vs BLUESTEEL

 

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Men’s Soccer Rundown: Week 3

By Franklin Heinzmann

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Picture: North Buffalo FC (black) looking to start an attack against Rag Tag FC (white). Picture by Franklin Heinzmann

 

Recaps

The 8 p.m. game attendees saw Bluesteel go up against Celtic. The first half ended 0-0, but by no means was it boring. Each team played physical and were tactically spot on, they just couldn’t find the back of the net. The start of second half played out just like the first half until Tom C., of Celtic, scored on a rocket shot to put his team up 1-0 with 19 mins left. Austin C., of Celtic, added a rocket goal of his own with 10 mins left, 2-0 Celtic. To top it all off Brandon V, forward for Celtic, stole a free kick and scored by putting the ball 5-hole on the Bluesteel goalie. Ed F., goalie for Celtic, is this week’s Goalie of the Week for making a couple great saves and being the only goalie to shutout their opposition on Tuesday night. Final Score: Celtic 3 Bluesteel 0

The 9 p.m. game featured Rag Tag FC and North Buffalo FC. The first half started by Rag Tag FC’s Josh M. scoring with 19 minutes to go in the half. North Buffalo FC’s Josh D. scored in retaliation just two minutes later. No more goals were scored in the first half so it was 1-1. The second half was much more attack heavy. Just seconds after kickoff North Buffalo FC’s Brian D. scored to make it 2-1. Two more goals were added on by the team from North Buffalo in quick succession shortly after making it 4-1. North Buffalo’s ability to play great through balls and make the correct runs helped them add another two goals to make it 6-1 with 3 minutes left. With 2:30 left Rag Tag FC won a penalty kick and scored. Frank H. (not me) is this week’s Player of the Week for having the composure and confidence to bury a penalty for Rag Tag FC. Final Score: North Buffalo FC 6 Rag Tag FC 2.

The last game of the night pitted Manchesthair United (MU), named after Manchester United up against Global Premier Soccer (GPS). GPS started the game with an onslaught of goals, four to be exact, in the first five minutes. MU was optimistic and weren’t going to hang their heads and die. Dave D., forward for MU scored this week’s Goal of the Week when he chipped GPS’s goalie when he was on standing on the goal line to make it 4-1 with 14:27 left in the first half. Oztap O., player for MU added another for his team to make it 4-2 with 8:51 left in the first half. GPS’s Ryan F. scored right before the buzzer sounded to make it 5-2 going into halftime. The second half started much more competitive than the first. Francesco C, of GPS, broke the half’s scoring drought by scoring his second of the game with 12:30 left. Charles M, also of GPS,  scored a goal with 8:27 left in the game to make it 8-2 GPS. MU once again showed great resilience and added another to goals to end the game. Final Score GPS 8 MU 4

Standings

  1. GPS (3-0-0)
  2. CELTIC (2-1-0)
  3. BLUESTEEL (2-1-0)
  4. NORTH BUFFALO FC (1-1-1)
  5. MANCHESTHAIR UNITED (0-2-1)
  6. RAG TAG FC (0-3-0)

 

Next Week’s Schedule

8:00 P.M. MANCHESTHAIR UNITED vs BLUESTEEL

9:00 P.M. RAG TAG FC vs CELTIC

10:00 P.M. NORTH BUFFALO FC vs GPS

 

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Men’s Soccer Rundown: Week 2

By Franklin Heinzmann

 

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Picture: North Buffalo FC (Black) attacking Bluesteel’s (Blue) net. Picture by Franklin Heinzmann

 

Recaps

The first game of the night featured Bluesteel taking on North Buffalo FC. The first half started with a Bluesteel goal scored by the player known as H. Then exactly a minute later North Buffalo FC’s Dan P. scored. The half ended at 1-1. The teams both exchanged goals to start the second half; 2-2. Then with just over four minutes to go Mikhail P., winger for Bluesteel, received a pass from the halfway line, then took it around his defender and scored a great goal. Mikhail P.’s goal ended up being the goal that secured Bluesteel’s victory. It is this week’s Goal of the Week.

The second game of the night starred Celtic and Manchesthair United (ManU). The first half was very intense and tightly contested. Neither team was willing to let anything get through to the net showing their defensive chops. Celtic squeaked out a 2-0 lead at halftime over ManU thanks to goals from Brandon V. and Clement D.. The second half was just as tough, both teams weren’t willing to give any opportunities to the other. James K., forward for ManU, was able to power through the Celtic defense and bring his team to within one with 4:35 left in the game. ManU then decided to get more aggressive and send defenders to the net in effort to tie the game. Ed F., goalie for Celtic, made some phenomenal clutch saves to halt ManU’s attack. Ed F.’s saves in the dying seconds of the game clinched Celtic the victory and is this week’s Goalie of the Week.

The last game of the evening pitted Global Premier Soccer (GPS) against Rag Tag FC. Rag Tag FC’s Mark P. starred the scoring 15 minutes into the first half. GPS then responded with two quick goals of from Sean N. and Austin L.. Rag Tag FC’s defense held up well in the first half only allowing another goal from GPS’s Franco C. GPS had a 3-1 lead at halftime over Rag Tag FC. In the second half the floodgates opened for GPS. Seven different players scored a goal for GPS in th second half, including two from Lloyd M.. He is this week’s Player of the Week for scoring two goals which put him in first place for the most goals scored this season. The final score was Rag Tag FC 3 GPS 10.

 

Standings

  1. GPS (2-0-0)
  2. BLUESTEEL (2-0-0)
  3. CELTIC (1-1-0)
  4. MANCHESTHAIR UNITED (0-1-1)
  5. NORTH BUFFALO FC )0-1-1)
  6. RAG TAG FC (0-2-0)

Next Week’s Schedule

8:00 P.M.   BLUESTEEL vs CELTIC

9:00 P.M.   NORTH BUFFALO FC vs RAG TAG FC

10:00 P.M. MANCHESTHAIR UNITED vs GPS

 

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