Groupstage // Groupstage win, earn second victory in three games
Groupstage faced off against Frutti Di Mare, who were tied on points at the top of the table. This would be an excellent measure of where the the team stand in the league.
Groupstage drew first blood when a corner kick from Miguel Rojas found its way to an unmarked Rudis Martinez. His header gave Groupstage a 1-0 advantage. It wouldn't be for long though as Groupstage's back up keeper, Varun Rangaraj was unable to stop a shot from the edge of the box. 1-1 was the score at half time.
The second half looked as though either side would be unable to muster a goal-den opportunity, but Khurshed Asadov stepped up big for Groupstage. He received the ball from a throw in and then charged his way through enemy territory. He was given his reward when his shot found the back of the net, 2-1 Groupstage. Not only did he give Groupstage a lead, he also opened the flood gates. Amson Liu, would an another with a low shot creeping past the keeper. Amson Liu would get his brace after a shot by Rudis Martinez fell to his feet. He fired home with ease. 4-1 on the day for Groupstage, for a more in depth look and post game comments, check out Vanrun Rangaraj's game of the week. Groupstage will be back in action against Hanson United as they look to make it five games without a loss.
LIC League // LIC League show composure and control in big win
After losing last game to Tune Squad 4-3, LIC League looked to bounce back against Gotham FC. It was clear they had brought their shooting boots with them as they fired home 4 goals and kept a clean sheet in a textbook example of a great win. Lots of subs were required for the game, but LIC League will be back on Sunday against PwC FC hopefully with a full roster.
NYC Footy // NYC Footy pick up three points with last minute goal
NYC Footy got on the board through a Christina Comia brace that included a toe poke and a rebound on a second attempt. NYC Footy would surrender a goal just before half time though, making it 2-1.
In the second half, NYC Footy took their collective foot off the gas and allowed TYCFC to score a second goal, making things even at 2-2. Fortunately a hero emerged for NYC Footy as Ryoma Morisaki stunned everyone with a blast from 20 yards right into the back of the net. 3-2 to NYC Footy, who took home all three points. They will be back in action on Sunday against Casa Verde.
We would also like to give a shout out to Lal Kottu who is recovering from his hamstring injury a few weeks ago. It seems he will not recover in time to play again this season, but we'd like to wish him well and we hope to see him back on the field next season!
Gotham Women // Gotham Women erupt with a six goal shut out
With a new 2-4-1 formation and an extra player advantage, Gotham Women set out determined to win their first game against Manhattan Kickers.
This was an excellent game for Gotham Women as six goals game from six different players - five of which were in the first half alone. Hassana Kwari, Jessica Wetterer, Natalie Wizel, Tammy Lewin, Jean Bagtasos, and Captain Kianoosh Hashemzadeh all got on the score sheet for Gotham Women, who won 6-2. I think its safe to say they're going to stick to that new formation. Here's what Jean Bagtasos had to say about the tactical change:
"The formation for this game was what I think made the different. We usually dominated games from the beginning, but never actually finished. We never would've gotten it without all the games and training we played with each other."
Natalie Wizel also said what everyone else was thinking: it's about time the goals started to come. "Best positive from the game is that it gave our team confidence. Especially in front of the net because we were having trouble scoring." said Wizel.
Gotham Women will look to take this new formation and confidence into next Tuesday's game against Central Park.
Gotham Men // Gotham Men fall 3-2 to CSL United
Gotham Men are still looking for the spark to ignite their season. They started slow against CSL United and quickly found themselves down 2-0 at half time thanks to some counter attacking soccer.
The second half saw them play with a little more fight as they looked to come back. Unfortunately CSL United put in another goal to start the half meaning Gotham Men had quiet the mountain to climb. That didn't mean they gave up. Panagiotis Pantazis ripped a shot into the back of the net from the top of the 18 and suddenly the team had some life. Sherief El-Helaifi then found Bradley Ferrada at the back post to make it 3-2, but that was all the time Gotham Men had. Final score 3-2.
"I think we need to start faster and stronger," said Joseph Martin after the game, "It took a while to get settled. Anthony Vasquez in goal made a few really clutch saves."
Gotham Men will take on Set Shop on Tuesday, their last game of the season.