Game of the Week: BCC beats Jamokes in thrilling comeback

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A Jamokes (red) free kick against BCC Soccer (blue). Picture by Franklin Heinzmann.

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Two weeks ago I covered a Tuesday Men’s Soccer Blue game that featured two mainstays of the Epic Center. Last Tuesday, two of the newer teams to the Epic Center faced off in a Tuesday Men’s Soccer Green matchup in Jamokes and Buffalo Church of Christ Soccer, a.k.a. BCC Soccer. After a very entertaining game of soccer, BCC beat Jamokes by a score of 8-7.

The Jamokes got off to a fast start as Jay Hughes sored just over three minutes into the game. The Jamokes were firing on all cylinders defensively as well, holding BCC shot-less through the first 14 minutes of the game. With 10:30 left in the game BCC’s Ajibola scored with the team’s second shot on target to make it 1-1. Then within the span of 30 seconds Jamokes took a 3-1 lead thanks to a goal from Hughes and a rocket from Jaime Salcedo.

The score held into halftime. Shots at halftime were 10-3 in favor of Jamokes. While doing my duty as the timekeeper I happened to interrupt BCC’s halftime pep talk. In the few seconds that I was standing there, BCC’s pep talk made me want to run through a wall for them. Jamokes on the other hand were very celebratory, preaching consistency for the second half.

After breaking out a huddle by yelling ‘Together!’, BCC came out scorching hot in the second half. Manny scored 90 seconds in, and Ajibola scored his second of the night by chipping Jamokes’ keeper to tie the game at three apiece.

Salcedo regained Jamokes lead by scoring his second of the night after a layoff on a free kick to make it 4-3 with 20:08 left in the second half. Shortly after, Jamokes forward Dan scored a goal by going post-in to extend his team’s lead to two. Ajibola clinched a hat trick by scoring with just over 11 minutes to go in the game.

It was at this point that BCC started to rely on their speed and exploit the middle of the defense with long through balls. It was this that ultimately helped them come back. BCC’s Yande Chabala scored using this strategy twice to first tie the game at five apiece, then tie the game at six apiece. Sandwiched in between Cahabala’s goals was a great penalty kick scored by Jamokes leading scorer, Andy T. with 7:59 left in the game.

With 3:53 left in the game, BCC took the lead for the first time when Manny slotted home his second of the game to give BCC a 7-6 lead. Ajibola scored his fourth of the night just a minute later, and capped it off with a boisterous fist pump. Jamokes’ Vinnie scored with 84 seconds left, but it was ironically too little too late as the final buzzer sounded at 8-7 BCC.

Final Score: BCC Soccer 8 Jamokes 7

Shots on Goal: BCC Soccer 15 Jamokes 22

If a player doesn’t have a player pass or directly give me their last name or last initial, then they’re identity will remain protected. These aren’t professional athletes, just people who play a recreational sport at the Epic Center.

To see standings, stats, and more head to epic-center.com.

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