BEYOND F.C. TEAM UPDATES
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.
BEYOND TEAM STANDINGS
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 Hauser, Executive 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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