Sporting SC huddle up in Week 3 of Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 1 play (Credit: Sporting SC)
While Week 3 had less games than usual, due to two teams having successful U.S. Open Cup Qualifying games, the wekend was still full of drama. A hot and humid affair was the only D1 action played in the sun while the two night game results were seperated by a single goal. KidSuper AC is coming alive in its first D1 season while the regulars are begining to struggle.
Here's the full recap of games, with Open Cup recaps coming soon:
New York Athletic Club v. Zum Schneider FC 03 (0-2)
Week 3 kicked off at noon on Travers Island as the visiting Zum Schneider FC 03 defeated New York Athletic Club, 2-0. The noon kickoff time made sure the game was a bright, hot, and humid affair as both teams felt the wear as time went on.
Zum’s Lukas Hauer and Tomas Gomes both scored for their team in the first and second half respectively, with the former converting a penalty from the spot after Gabriel de Foresta was taken down while the other was a volley off a cross from the 25 yard line.
NYAC attacked up and down the sides of the field, looking for a final touch in the middle but failing to find it. When contact was made, Zum’s Grant Engel made crucial saves and blocks to hold his team’s lead. Athletic Club late came push to come away with a point means the team remains at 3 points on the year. The Reserve team didn’t fare much better against the Zum squad, falling 1-0 while the sun was still rising just before noon.
Zum will return home to face New York Greek Americans this Sunday while NYAC hopes for a better result against Lansdowne Yonkers FC this Saturday.
Doxa FC v. KidSuper Samba AC (1-2)
Sunday night produced a controversial 2-1 win for KidSuper Samba AC over Doxa FC, as the former earned points for the third straight game in its new division.
Doxa team manager Peter Legakis explained after the match via email that three of his teams goals, which he described as “clear,” were called back by the linesman in the second half. These shots came while the game was tied and after KidSuper had already scored the goal to take the lead. Doxa maintained most of the possession in the game as while KidSuper focused mostly on the counter attack.
That style allowed Ebrima Jallow to score first for his team, assisted Jamar Hooke, but also saw Doxa equalize before half with a successful shot from Andres Breuer. Hooke would play hero though later on when he found Alhoussain Bah open and sent him the ball for what would be the game winning goal.
KidSuper will look to make it four unbeaten in-a-row when it takes on New York Shamrock SC on Saturday. Doxa will look to reverse its fortunes against New York Pancyprian-Freedoms this Sunday at St. Johns.
NY Greek Americans v. Sporting SC (2-3)
Sporting SC picked up it’s first win as a member of the first division on Sunday night when it beat New York Greek Americans, 3-2.
Late in the first half and following a shaky start to the game, including NYGA dominating the midfield and long ball, Kendan Anderson scored Sporting’s first goal after a long pass bounced off some Greek defenders and found the attack all alone.
The restart saw Anderson knock in a second not long into the second half and soon after this Julio "Frankie" Tsasse began to come alive in net. Despite letting in a sloppy Greek goal from Tyler Botte midway through, the keeper made critical saves throughout the half while his offense tried to put the game fully out of reach.
By the time Niko Goicochea scored a second Greek goal, there was only five minutes left and Don "Messi" Oba, last season's third best goal scorer in Division 2, had already sealed the game five minutes prior with a free kick goal. Travis Cantrell assisted on two of Sporting goals and Kendon Anderson finished the match by making a few key defensive plays to stop NYGA.
Sporting’s manager Ed Romero spoke highly of both teams, explaining that “(Greeks) are a good fit team but with weaknesses that we were able to identify and exploit. Excellent performance by our team.”
Sporting will head to New Jersey to play Cedar Stars Academy this Sunday while the Greeks head to Randalls Island to play Zum Schneider FC 03.