BEYOND F.C. TEAM UPDATES
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.