WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – T-shirts were on the line on Tuesday night as International FC took on Jamokes in the Men’s Soccer Green Championship. It was a narrow game throughout, but it was International FC who was able to secure a 5-4 victory. This game featuring two of the league’s top goal scorers in Jamokes’ Andy T. and International FC’s George Tor. Both players combined for eight goals overall, turning it up a few notches for the biggest game of the session.
Just two minutes after kickoff Andy T. scored to give Jamokes their first and only lead of the night. George Tor scored twice in matter of 60 seconds to give International FC a 2-1 lead with 9:07 left in the first half.
Internatoinal FC’s Benty scored on a nice volley kick to give his team a 3-1 lead, but it was Andy T. who got the last laugh….well two laughs as he scored two just before halftime to tie the game at three. Shots On Goal favored International FC at halftime, 6-5.
With 23:15 left in the second half George Tor scored a goal that zipped past the Jamokes goalkeeper. Just three minutes later he zipped past the Jamokes defenders and snuck one by the Jamokes goalkeeper to notch his fourth goal of the night and give his team a 5-3 lead. With 12:01 left, Andy T. also notched his fourth goal of the night to close International FC’s lead to one.
Shortly after this goal was scored, International FC’s goalkeeper Taco went down with an injury, but insisted on playing the rest of the game. Normally a hurt goalkeeper is a death sentence for a team, but Taco was able to come up with some huge saves down the stretch to keep the score at 5-4. Thanks to Taco and the International FC defence, the team secured the 5-4 win over Jamokes.
After the game International FC’s Leo Kayembe, who is taking over as captain next session, was proud of the way his team zeroed in at halftime, and put the pedal to the metal to win the championship.
“We worked really hard to win this game,” Kayembe said. “It’s good to redeem ourselves after we lost in the championship last session.”
Kayembe also wanted to make sure that Jamokes got the recognition they deserved.
“You’ve got to give Jamokes credit,” Kayembe said. “I think it was a great victory, but the score [5-4] was representative of the kind of competition they are.”
Final Score: International FC 5 Jamokes 4
Shots On Goal: International FC 17 Jamokes 14
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