As all three Beyond F.C. CSL teams took to the pitch on Sunday, they were greeted by an unexpected guest as Mother Nature decided to play a huge factor. Winds gusting up to 33 mph this afternoon made for an interesting variable in the tactics used on the pitch. Even with this early spring weather, Beyond simply refused to be blown over.
First Team | Beyond battle Sporting Westchester and the elements in 3-2 win
Beyond F.C. First Team played against Sporting Westchester. Again the wind played a huge factor in the game. Goals from Zachary Kady and a beautiful free kick by Paul Nitto gave Beyond a 2-1 lead at halftime. Just as well, Sporting Westchester had their second goal guided in the back of the net thanks to the wind. Defense was the main priority for Beyond in the second half as they looked to keep the ball on the ground and out of the wind. Chris Hobbs had the final say in the match as his goal put Beyond in front and proved to be the winner. Final score: Beyond F.C. 3 - Sporting Westchester 2. Hobbs was very quick to compliment the performance put in by his fellow teammates Andre Gayraud and Julien Motte. “Andre played some good passes and won the ball back well and Julian linked well up top.” Overall a great effort for the whole squad as they come away with all 3 points.
Reserves | Beyond come back from 2-0 to stay undefeated
Beyond F.C. Reserves up against Sporting Westchester Reserves. Beyond began the game playing into the wind, having lost the coin toss, which did not do them many favors. Some mistakes at the back gifted Sporting Westchester a 2-0 lead. Jesse Rose pulled one back for Beyond, but more sloppy defending gave away a third goal just before halftime. Down 3-1 and now playing with the wind at their backs, Beyond were able to control the ball and the run of play to their advantage. Throwing caution to the wind, Jesse Rose scored his second of the game and Panagiotis Pantazis knotted it up at 3-3, the final score for this one. “There was a sense of ‘we should’ve won’ at the end of the game,” said Midfielder Obi Aquino, “but we’re happy to keep our unbeaten record.” A very impressive unbeaten record for sure: in 11 games so far, they’ve scored 25 goals and conceded only 12 leaving them in 5th place without a loss.
Metro | Metro fall to AO Brooklyn, but Dane Arpino stands out
Beyond F.C. Metro went up against AO Brooklyn at Randall’s Island. The game took place later in the day, meaning the wind had calmed down a bit, but Beyond still had plenty of work to do. Two early miscues lead to an early 2-0 inside of 20 minutes for AO Brooklyn, but much like Beyond First Team, Beyond Metro refused to take it lying down. Newcomer Dane Arpino came on as a first half sub due to an illness to midfielder Nikhil Ledlie. He scored his first goal with Beyond just before halftime to make it 2-1. Beyond had the momentum, but not the fitness as Rahul Bhagavan came off with a knock in the second half. He was replaced by Dan Orbegozo. Also missing for Beyond was keeper Jonathan Graneros, he was replaced by striker Larry Debuno. Beyond had plenty of chances but ultimately conceded a third goal as AO Brooklyn took home all three points. Overall, Player-Coach Ali Reza lamented his side’s chances. “We need to start sharper and take our chances,” said Reza, “We had about 10 in total. They had 3.” A positive for this team is definitely Dane Arpino who had a great shift according to Reza. We all wish speedy recoveries to Nikhil Ledlie and Rahul Bhagavan and the best of luck to Beyond F.C. Metro in their next match.