Hat-tricks and mixed fortunes...

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BFC First play a stalemate
First drew 0-0 against Hoboken FC 1912 in the fifth game of their season. Having won their last two games, one in the league and one in the Cup, they failed to continue the run. Their next opponents are Manhattan Kickers who currently lead the way in Division 2.


Dane Arpino's goal does not prevent BFC Reserves from losing
BFC Reserves lost their second game on the bounce when they were defeated 2-1 by Hoboken FC 1912 Reserves who are on top of the league. Dane Arpino broke the deadlock when he converted from the spot after Karl Verna was brought down. The first half ended 1-0 in BFC's favor who looked more threatening of the two sides. In the second half however, they were outplayed by their opponents and struggled to keep possession of the ball. BFC lacked the aggression that was at display during the first half. Hoboken FC drew level, with the strong wind aiding their cause, and then went on to score the winner despite being reduced to 10 men. Beyond have not kept a clean sheet since the opening day and that will be something they would like to address as they look to return to winning ways next week.
 
 
BFC Metro 5 - SS Lazio 0: Ali Reza's men ease to victory
BFC Metro eased to a comfortable 5-0 victory over SS Lazio when they returned to the league after the heartbreak of Cup defeat. The pace of Osama Al Sahybi up top was too much for the opponents to handle. Their tactic of playing a high defensive line didn't work for long as a through ball by Rudis Martinez broke the off side trap before Oz rounded the keeper and finished from a tight angle. Before long Oz doubled the lead and right before half time, Anish Malpani added to his tally of goals when he tapped in at the far post after a rebound off a corner. With Beyond in cruise control, they took their foot off the pedal in the second half with impetus on keeping their first clean sheet of the season. They went on to achieve that peppered with a well worked out goal for Ibrahim Al Sahybi and a long range thunderbolt by Rodney Lozier.

Bye week for BFC Women's
BFC Women's didn't bask in their Cup tie glory and instead hit the training grounds in pursuit of their next league win despite having a bye week.

Peter Kalaev's hat-trick fires BFC Groupstage (CTown) to triumph in a must-win game
Peter Kalaev was the hero for BFC Groupstage (CTown) when they won a crucial tie against Lobos F.C 5-3. Beyond required nothing but a win to stand a chance to make it to the play-offs. And they did precisely that by winning against a direct top 4 rival. In a close fought match, Beyond had to dig deep to come home with the 3 points and Kalaev was ably supported by Davide Giri and Dylan Esworthy who not only got on the score sheet but also provided solidity at the back. They will need more of such steel in their next two games when they face teams who are also in the battle to make it to the play-offs. 

BFC Groupstage's woes continue
BFC Groupstage's struggle to get a foothold in the league continues as they suffered yet another defeat when they lost 4-1 to Nappies in their latest encounter. They shall look to arrest this slide when they face First Touch FC in their next game.

BFC Footy (LIC) settle for a point
BFC Footy (LIC) could only muster a 1-1 draw in their game against Currently Untitled United. In the absence of a few of the starters, including their goal keeper, it was Ryan Moling who got Beyond going. He got on the end of a Miguel Rojas pass between two defenders before finding the net. Despite creating more chances in the second half, it was their opponents who drew level. BFC failed to break them down and had to settle for a point.

Cesar Perez and co feast on Side of Mac and G's
BFC Footy (Pier 5) put on one of their best performances as a team when they defeated Side of Mac and G's 6-2 this past week. Ryoma Morisaki continued his excellent goal scoring run by scoring a brace. But it was Cesar Perez's hat-trick that set the tone for this latest victory as they shot down their opponents with some excellent interplay and use of the wings. In a performance that must have surely pleased their coach, Lal Kottu got his name on the score sheet as well. With the confidence of the team on a new high, they would like to see out a game with a clean sheet in the upcoming rounds. 

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State Cup Weekend Recap

Maké Pedroso the hero as the firsts' win Cup game
BFC first team moved on to the next round of the Flamhaft State Cup after they defeated FSC College Point 4-3 in penalties. Maké Pedroso was the man of the moment as he made two saves in the penalty shoot out that ensued a stalemate.  Despite controlling the tempo of the game, BFC couldn't break the deadlock in regular time and had to rely on their custodian to bring them home. Simon Czaplinski, who went first in the shootout, missed the only spot kick for Beyond before Deepak Mangwani, Nick Nebot, Veprim Gashi, and Sherief El-Helaifi all converted. 

Lack of penetration leads to BFC Reserves' undoing
BFC reserve team lost 3-2 to NY Polet in their State Cup fixture this past Sunday. The absence of midfield duo Gabe Odess and Obi Aquino was felt, particularly in the opening exchanges. With the players struggling to find any rhythm, they had their goalkeeper Jonathan Graneros to thank who kept them in the game with a couple of smart saves. However, they ran out of luck when, half way through the first half, the opponents took the lead from a free kick that was awarded for an innocuous challenge. Panos Pantazis missed a gilt edged opportunity to restore parity when he shot wide with only the keeper to beat. BFC didn't have to wait long as Bradley Ferrada equalized to end the half level. Beyond were on the back foot once again when they conceded a penalty. A mistake at the back led to another goal leaving them with an uphill task. Karl Verna managed to pull one back when he scored coming from the left side. But with only a minute remaining on the clock, it was too little too late for the reserves.

BFC Metro feel a sense of déjà vu
BFC Metro team suffered a heart breaking Cup exit on penalties, similar to last season, after conceding an equalizer on the last kick of the game. Adrian Alexandru, Navrun Jacob, and Rodney Lozier converted in the penalty shoot out with Alex Ochoa failing to convert the solitary penalty. But it was BFC's inability to see out games in 90 minutes, especially after taking the lead, that cost them progress to the next round. Adrian had earlier converted from the spot before Samuel Gozlan finished a sweeping move at the far post with a tap in. After the resumption, Gozlan was at it again, this time firing home a left footed shot to the roof of the net. Beyond led 3-2 at that point. Not having kept a single clean sheet this season, the writing was on the wall and sure enough they conceded with the last kick of the game before going on to lose in penalties.

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Cup tie joy for BFC Womens
BFC Women's team season has been quite a revelation this season for the club and it was no different when they defeated Appletown 1-0 in their maiden Cup game. Despite being scrappy throughout the game, especially going forward, they managed to eek a goal that sought them progress to the next round. The game's solitary goal came via a Tricia Somma's corner kick. With the opponents unable to clear the lines, Gihane Quintana made a nuisance of herself forcing the ball over the line. The Own Goal epitomized the play of BFC Womens but that will not deter their confidence as they enjoy a weekend of no action before returning in the league in two weeks time. 

BFC Groupstage (CTown) comes a cropper
BFC Groupstage (CTown) were at the wrong end of a 6-2 drubbing in their third game of the season. They have had a mixed start to their season after winning one of their games comprehensively and losing another closely. Davide Giri and Aaron Gomes scored Beyond's consolation goals as MLS United gave them a lesson in quick movement and excellent use of the ball. BFC will need to win their next game to avoid the fear of missing out on the play offs despite four more game remaining.

Jan Supolik and Amr Elbegrmi's strike give BFC Groupstage their first victory
Jan Supolik and Amr Elbegrmi ensured that BFC Groupstage finally got their long awaited first win of the season when they beat Frutti Di Mare 2-0 in their latest fixture. Despite being a much organized and disciplined performance overall, the team conceded that there was lot of work that needed to be done to get to the levels of last season. But with the first win under their belt, Beyond hopes to kick on and get a good run of results in the remainder of the season.

BFC Footy (LIC) - 1 : Goalden Balls - 0
BFC Footy (LIC) defeated Goalden Balls 1-0 in their latest outing to make it 3 wins out of 4. A game that should have been put to bed long before half time didn't see the only goal being scored until midway through the second half. It came from a corner kick when Varun Rangaraj made a clever dummy at the near post drawing two defenders in the process and leaving Gihane Quintana with an easy tap in. Ronald G had the chance to put the game to rest shortly after, but blazed a penalty over the cross bad. That along with a host of chances were missed at regular intervals of the game. BFC have got be more decisive in the final third and ruthless in front of goal if they are to stand any chance of going the distance in the league.

Ryoma Morisaki burns down House of Red Cards!
BFC Footy (Pier 5) welcomed back their coach with a 2-1 win against the notorious House of Red Cards. With not a lot to choose between the two teams early on, BFC stepped up the momentum midway through the first half and following a well worked move, Ryoma Morisaki scored on an assist from newly signed striker Jak Watson. Morisakis' recent efforts on the training ground showed on the field when he scored again. He collected a pass, turned and hit a thunderbolt from 20 yards. The defense did the rest restricting the opponents to long range efforts though a late goal scored by the opponents' striker caused a nervy end to the game.


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Nine point weekend for Beyond CSL Teams...

Deepak Mangwani earns all 3 points for BFC First
BFC First secured their first win of the season at the fourth time of asking. Diminutive midfielder Deepak Mangwani fired them to victory against FC Japan who, like BFC, have been at the wrong end of most results this season. These 3 points mean that BFC climbs up two spots and are no longer rooted to the foot of the table. It was a timely victory that will hold them in good stead ahead of their Cup game next week. 

Bradley Ferrara and Karl Verna earn 3 points for BFC Reserves
BFC Reserves beat FC Japan 3-0 in a very one sided affair. They dominated the game from start to finish and restricted their opponents to a couple of shots on target. Karl Verna, who scored one and made another for Bradley Ferrada, was BFC's most influential player in the first half, winning most of the one on ones against the defenders on the left flank. Second half saw most of the chances coming from the right side courtesy of some good interplay between Dane Arpino and Obi Aquino. Better play in the final third and retention of the ball would have seen BFC score more. But it wasn't to be as they managed to add just one more goal through Bradley. 

Anish Malpani spares BFC Metro the blushes
For a second game running BFC Metro made hard work of what should have been a routine victory, eventually managing to win the game 4-2. BFC seemed to be headed in the same direction as of last week when they let slip the lead after they led twice. Goals by Rodney Lozier, his first for the club, and Anish Malpani, were cancelled out to end the half at 2-2. Second half saw them play with more composure and were by far the better team. Despite dominating the game, they failed to run away with it, missing several clear cut opportunities. The most glaring miss came when Varun Rangaraj's shot was parried by the goalkeeper when put through clear on goal by Ibrahim Al Sahybi. Earlier in the half Ibrahim had scored an absolute beauty of a volley that swerved and dipped giving the goal keeper no chance what so ever. Anish Malpani added to his first half goal with a finish from an acute angle. It was his goals in either half that gave the scoreline a much deserved healthy look at the final whistle. 

Rain plays spoil sport
BFC Women's game was forced to be called off this past week due to inclement weather. Persistent rain meant that the grass field on which the game was supposed to be held was unplayable. Next week they return to action in a Cup Game where they square up against familiar opponent Appletown. 

Khurshed Asadov scores for BFC Groupstage in defeat
An improved performance from Beyond in the Groupstage league did not prevent them from suffering a third straight defeat when beaten 3-1 by Allied United. Khurshed Asadov scored the only goal for BFC giving the scoreline a respectable look compared to the first two games. Although the team played better and created a fair amount of opportunities to score, they are yet to come to terms with the pace of the league. Given the quality of the players, it is only a matter of time before they put in a display worthy of 3 points. 

BFC Footy (LIC) - 3 : General Assembly - 2
BFC Footy (LIC) conceded three first half goals that condemned them to their first defeat this season after having tasted success in their first two outings. A change in tactics in the second half saw Captain Jean-Pierre Beltran promote himself to a role up top as a striker. It was a move that paid off as he and Ronald Guartatanga scored a goal each to bring BFC to within a goal of earning a point. But it wasn't to be as their opponents saw off the game and BFC were left to ponder at what might have been had some of their key players not pulled out at the last minute.

Bye weeks for BFC Groupstage (CTown) & BFC Footy (Pier 5)
BFC Groupstage (CTown) did not participate in the previous round of fixtures courtesy of a bye week. They face early league leaders MLS United in their next fixture.
BFC Footy (Pier 5) are raring to get back to the field after a bye week following their defeat the week before. 

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BFC First and Reserves lose by identical scoreline
BFC First have endured a rather tough start to life in the new campaign. It wasn't much different this past week when they went down 1-0 to NY Ukrainians. It didn't help their cause when the referee wrongly chalked out a goal by Simon Czaplinski. To make matters worse, he showed Daniel Weisberger a Red card. They now look to register their first victory when they come up against FC Japan who have lost 3 out of their 4 games so far. 

BFC Reserves too lost 1-0 to their counterpart NY Ukrainians Reserve. The defeat was their first of this season. With three games played so far, the team appears to be striving for consistency as the record reads 1W, 1D, and 1L. 

BFC Metro miss the opportunity to go second in the league standings  
A late Anish Malpani header salvaged a point for BFC Metro as they could only muster a 2-2 draw against Flushing FC. For the second week running, Beyond was disappointed not to come home with 3 points, especially after they enjoyed possession for the best part of the game. They were down by a goal at half time as they conceded a goal by a set piece routine yet again. But they came out with a positive attitude in the second half and a wonder strike by Ibrahim Al Sahybi brought them to level terms. It was a set piece that led to their undoing as the opponents scored their second goal with only their third shot on target. However, Anish Malpani was on hand to nod home a free kick of their own when Ali Reza chipped a beautiful cross into the box with the full time whistle imminent.

Women's play out a thriller
BFC Women's unbeaten run ended when they finished second best to NYC United A as they narrowly lost out 4-3. They played more than their part in a thrilling 7 goal encounter. The first half saw both teams take control of the game alternatively. The opponents drew first blood only for Tammy Lewin to equalize with a sweetly struck half volley to the bottom corner. Sarah Goldberg scored an almost identical but better volley to ensure Beyond Women's went into the break with a slender lead. Having grown into the game, Beyond F.C.'s Women's were running the show and looked by far the better side with Diane Sit being rock solid at the back and Gizem Kocak providing the cover in front of the back four. Soon the two goal scorers combined to stretch the lead. Sarah played a perfectly weighted through ball that Tammy latched onto by ghosting past the defender and cooling slotting it past the on rushing goalkeeper. Injury to an opponent brought the game to stand still and within minutes of restart the momentum shifted and NYC United scored with Beyond having switched off. With the lead cut down to one goal, Beyond went into their shell and adopted a defensive approach. Jamie Remmers pulled off a couple of smart saves to hang on to the lead. But yet another injury to the opposing team led to stoppage in play. BFC Women's frailties were brought to focus yet again as they failed to switch back on at the resumption of play. Two goals in the final two minutes saw the game turn on its head as NYC United A edged an enthralling game 4-3.

BFC Groupstage (CTown) turn on the heat in their second league game
After the disappointment of losing their opening fixture, BFC Groupstage got their act together and restored the winning mentality by defeating Brooklyn Bandits 9-3. It needed BFC to go down a goal before roaring into life. Peter Kalaev set the ball rolling by equalizing before Anabel Schmelz slotted in smartly from a cut back. The flood gates opened when Davide Giri scored before the likes of Gihane Quintana and Cassie Zito also joined the party. Peter Kalaev and Gihane went on to score a brace each while Davide Giri ended with a hat trick to his name. They entertain Amex in the next game and shall look to build on this victory.

BFC Groupstage suffer heavy defeat
BFC Groupstage are yet to find their bearings in the all Men's league. They were handed a heavy defeat by NAFC when they lost 9-2. Drew Harris' assist saw Amson Liu score with a long range effort and Dilovar Dadozoda scored the other goal for Beyond when he converted from the penalty spot. Return of their Captain Bryant Gutierrez should lend more balance and experience to the team and they shall hope for a better performance in their upcoming fixture. 

Impressive start continues for BFC Footy (LIC)
BFC Footy (LIC) secured a second victory in as many games when they beat Goalden Balls 3-0. The clean sheet meant they have now scored 5 goals without conceding any. They will look to continue the impressive start to the league campaign when they entertain General Assembly this Sunday.

First loss for BFC Footy (Pier 5) 
BFC Footy (Pier 5) side lost 2-1 to their well known adversary Casa Verde in the third game of regular season this past week. Kristen Gartside scored her first goal for BFC but that didn't prevent them from going down to an opponent who seem to have their number. That being said, BFC Footy have come a long way since they lost to the same opponents 7-0 earlier in the spring. This latest performance showed how much they have improved offensively in addition to strengtening up at the back.

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Bradley Ferrada, Nick Nebot, and Karl Verna secure a fine win for the Reserves.

The Reserves bagged their first win of the season courtesy of three goals. Bradley Ferrara and Nick Nebot got on the scoresheet in the first half to set the ball rolling. The 3 points were all but confirmed when Karl Verna scored Beyond's third goal in the second half after their opponent's threatened to stage a come back by pulling one back. The victory, along with the draw in the first game, meant that they are now joint top of the table.

Jesse Rose scores the maiden goal of the new season for the First's.

The First Team earned their first points of the new season after their game ended 1-1. Beyond were in the ascendancy for the best part of the game. But they failed to capitalize on their domination resulting in a solitary point but are now up and running in the 2016/17 season.

Women's team put on an excellent showing en-route to victory.

Jacklyn Wong, Kianoosh Hashemzadeh, Meghan O'Grady, and Sawako Fukuchi shared the goals as Beyond Women's continue the good life in the Metropolitan Soccer League with a 4-1 win. The victory meant they hold a 100% record, albeit after 2 games. The on looking coach was extremely pleased and praised lots of solid individual performances all over the field. The 4 different goal scorers bodes well for the team as they are not heavily dependent on goals from a particular player. 

Beyond win second consecutive game in the Metro West division.

A solid all round performance saw Metro secure maximum 6 points after two games. In game that saw the opponents play the better football in the first half, Beyond took the lead courtesy of a textbook move that ended with Ali Reza heading home the opener. Before long, they doubled the lead through the returning striker Larry Debuno. It wasn't until the second half after their opponents had drawn level did Beyond take control of the game. In the end, they earned a hard fought victory with Anish Malpani and Navrun Jacob adding gloss to the 4-2 win.

NYC Footy's (Williamsburg) journey comes to an end in the last 4.

Beyond's season in the NYC Footy (Williamsburg) league ended rather tamely when they lost 4-1 in the semi-finals. Having dominated the regular season with some outstanding performances, Beyond struggled to get a foothold in the crucial game. They headed into the game high on confidence but failed to translate it into a good performance. They looked out of sorts in the entire first half and were pegged back by 3 first half goals. Second half saw them play with better composure but not before letting in another goal. Phil Drapa scored a consolation goal for Beyond. It was too little too late as they were shown the exit by the only team who defeated them during regular season. They now look to bounce back in the next season which begins in a week's time.

NYC Footy - Pier 5 bag 3 points.

The team got off to a good start as far as results go but lost out on match practice courtesy of a forfeit. They earned their 3 points without having to kick a ball. They look forward to the next game and shall attempt to add to their points tally in addition to getting some game time under their belt. 


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Group Stage emerged victorious in their final game of the season against Goalbusters. Going into the game, they knew nothing but a win would secure the club its first trophy. In a game that see-sawed, Beyond came back twice from a 3 goal deficit to clinch the title by securing a 7-6 victory. The star of the show was Khursand Gulmamdov, who scored an unprecedented 5 goals, ably supported by Phil Drapa and Nick Pugliese. Captain Bryant Gutierrez praised the team for hanging in the game and staging a come back. He couldn't have asked for a better gift on his birthday as his teammates helped bring home the silverware. 

The Metro team got their campaign off to a great start in the West Division. Inspite of facing a team whom they hadn't come up against before, they cantered to victory ending with a scoreline of 6-2 that is synonymous with Tennis. An all round team effort saw Adrian Alexandru, Samuel Gozlan, Osama Al Sahybi, Rudis Martinez, and Farid Ordoñez, all get on the scoresheet.

The Women's team kick started their inaugural season in the 11-a-side format with a 3-1 win against Shamrock Rovers. After letting in an early goal, it didn't take them too long to find their feet and made the transition from the shorter format of the game rather quickly. Meghan O'Grady scored the opener to draw level and on the stroke of full time, doubled her tally when she netted Beyond's third of the game. Tammy Lewin's goal was sandwiched in between as she continued her goal scoring run from the Gotham's league. 

The Reserves earned a point in their opening fixture courtesy of a stalemate against Central Park Rangers.

The First Team had a week to forget as they suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of CPR. 

NYC Footy (Williamsburg) secured a date in the final four when they won their play off game on Sunday. With the two teams tied at 1-1 after regular time, penalties were needed to separate them. Beyond edged it 4-3. Evgeny Sergeevich was the scorer of the lone goal earlier in the game. 


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Beyond F.C. Women's and NYC Footy Bushwick in top of the table!


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FEATURE: BEHIND THE SCENES AT BEYOND

Beyond F.C. - home to 160 soccer enthusiasts and growing, is not just a club, but a platform for Men's, Women's, and co-ed soccer teams to compete in various leagues all over New York City. In only a few years since its inception, the club has taken massive strides towards becoming a well-oiled professional soccer club in every sense, on the field and beyond. 

As with any team, the ultimate aim is to win soccer games, leagues & tournaments, and to show off a rich haul of trophies in the cabinet while playing the game in its true spirit. But before a ball can be kicked or the trophy count can grow there are numerous things that need to happen behind the scenes.

Preseason is one of the key components to a team's success. It provides opportunities for new players to try out with the club, in addition to players from the community teams. The reach is rather extensive as players vouch for their friends while other potentials hear about the club via various social media platforms. 

This leaves the coaches, managers, and captains with the nice problem of having to identify players who fit in their tactical schemes, strengthen the team, and ultimately take them a step further in the new season. Once the players have been shortlisted for every position, it is time to put the hours in at practice and work on the fitness and tactics. At the start of every season, based on the analytics from the season gone by, the Coach, Manager, and the Captain come up with individual and team goals and objectives that they wish to achieve during the course of the 8 month long season. At the half way stage of the league during the winter break, these goals are reassessed before gunning for glory once the league resumes.

While it is seamless to register the returning players, its not quite the same with the new faces that are added. Jeremy Rampon, General Manager of the club, is in charge of the arduous task of finalizing the rosters & registrations. This entails entering the player details to the leagues website and ensuring the league has the latest and most accurate information. Once registered, the player passes are handed to the respective teams well before kick off.

In the lead up to every match day, the players are put through the paces at training, led by Frank HauserExecutive Director & Coach at Beyond. He is aided by Jeremy, who sends out the invites to the players, in preparing for the practice sessions. Prior to this, he works in conjunction with Aaron Gomes, Finances & Partnerships, in securing permits for fields. With prices running as high as $1500 for 3 months, more often than not, the field space is assured on a partnership basis with other leagues. Having recently obtained permit for the Parade Grounds in Brooklyn, the long term goal is to build and maintain a relationship with the parks department to get better time slots for practice at better fields.

The club nurtures a culture of involving the players in multiple roles. In doing so, it provides additional opportunities to grow within the club. With players working towards their coaching badges, managing social media, and publication, among various other endeavors, there are many avenues to explore in addition to from playing on the field.

The work that goes on behind the scenes shouldn't go unappreciated. For all those involved in lining the ducks up in a straight line to ensure the players and the teams put on a grand performance that merits the values of the club: Pursuit of Greatness, Leadership, Perseverance, & Inclusivity
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Beyond Women June Recap

Beyond Women have started their summer campaign in preparation for their entry into the New York Metropolitan Women's League B. Since the team's inception they have played one season and have had 2 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws. Captain Kianoosh Hashemzadeh will look to improve the team and have them promoted to the A division of the New York Metropolitan Women's league, currently the best amateur women's league in New York. 

Their first game of the season was a frustrating 2-1 loss against Manhattan Kickers. Jacklyn Wong had the lone goal for the women inside of five minutes. Natalie Wizel would lead the offense with several shots on goal throughout the game. Unfortunately a tough blow to the face would force her substitution. From there however it would seem Beyond had some trouble connecting on the field. They would concede a goal from a corner in the first half and then a second goal from a break away in the second half. Hassana Kwari and Natalie Wizel put in stand out performances for the team. It was still early in the season, but it was clear there is plenty of work to be done.

Their second game showed much more promise as they defeated Oranginas by a score of 1-0. Jacklyn Wong had her second goal of the campaign, assisted by Tammy Lewin, and it proved to be the winner for the women. Great work from new comer Raquel Gutierrez in holding midfield, Kara Coughlin and Diane Sit helped build play out from the back and keep the Oranginas attackers quiet. It was Jamie Remmers who deserved player of the game though. She was solid in goal and a vital part of the win. After the win Captain Kianoosh Hashemzadeh praised the team's cohesion and understanding. "I think we're making real progress. One of the things we've been focusing on is passing out of the back and that has gotten better each game.We still need to work on our finishing, but the important thing is that we are starting to play as a team." One loss and now one win for the women, they'd head into their last game of June hoping to raise the bar higher. 

In their third game of this summer season, the women have suffered another loss at the hands of Central Park Rangers. A 2-0 defeated against one of the better teams of the league, there were still a few positive out takes for the team. The Women were able to keep the game scoreless until the middle of the second half, an impressive stat for this team. The Women were also able to disrupt Central Park Ranger's passing, but they hurt themselves by not matching up their markers as well as they could have. Counter attacking is an area that needs improvement, but the defense was great -- starting with Raquel Guiterrez who had another stellar performance in holding midfield. Raquel and the rest of the team will look to improve against Appletown this Tuesday July 5th. 

First Team close out the season with a win, Reserves fall to NY Ittihad, and Metro continue to dominate

With one last hooray for this season, First Team looked to get a win against NY Ittihad and maintain their place in the CSL standings. They got off to a great start when Paul Nitto intercepted an aerial back pass and chipped the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 to First Team. Then another mistake at the back by NY Ittihad lead to a steal by Sherief El-Helaifi who squared it for Zachary Kady.  With one swift motion from Zach's foot it was 2-0. First Team would carry that lead all the way into half time.

First Team make it two straight wins, Reserves lose for only the second time this season, and Metro cruse to victory

First Team came to McCarren Park feeling very confident after their 3-1 win over F.C. Japan the week before. 

The possession was even throughout the match, but NY Ukrainians were able to strike early in the first half. First Team have been in this position many times this season and they knew exactly what they had to do. Kick it in gear and come back.

NYC Footy hope to earn second win in two games, Gotham Women play their second game of the season, and Gotham Men take on Hudson F.C..

NYC Footy, Gotham Women, and Gotham Men took the stage for Beyond’s recreational leagues this week. These teams are all featuring in new leagues and with new players, but it seems as they begin to mesh and play the Beyond way, they are soon to be playing some high quality soccer.