Lunar Eclipse Brings Wild Results; Saturday 1st Division Kicks Off Next Week
Week 2 of the Fall 2015 Premier division season is in the books, and only two teams out of 10 have been able to retain all available points. Sunday's lunar eclipse provided some unexpected results and plenty of action as the Premier field got after it in search of a top four seeding for the Helge Boes Cup. Next week, the fireworks will continue in Week 3 and the Saturday 1st Division will kick off its season.
Yinz United FC – 6 vs Kamikaze Crew – 0
6:15 PM KO @ Long Bridge Park #1
Week 2's first matchup of the evening proved eerily fitting for Sunday's lunar eclipse as Yinz pulled ahead and never looked back from Kamikaze Crew for a lopsided win that defied the on-field dynamics. The first half was intense from the outset, with high pressure from the Crew. Yinz were able to counter well and Andy Coulson was able to score not once, but three times for a halftime hat trick as Yinz settled into a possession game. Kamikaze Crew, looking to bounce back from a slow start as in their first match, had a notable one on one stopped by the keeper and cleared off the line that would undoubtedly have added fire to the contest. Halftime was 3-0. The second half started the same way with high pressure from Crew, but unable to break through the Yinz back line. Yinz withstood the onslaught and resumed possession. Andy Coulson added two more goals to bring his impressive game total to 5, and Mark Rankin got in on the action late to seal a 6-0 victory for Yinz.
Capital City FC – 3 vs Finito FC – 0
6:30 PM KO @ Fairfax High School
Both teams got off to a slow start in the "early" game as Capital City FC started with 9 and Finito FC started with 10 players at the opening whistle. Within a few minutes, each team was playing at full strength and the action picked up with Finito pressing with long balls to their speedy strikers. The Cap City back line was up to the challenge though and their attacked finally reciprocated as striker Arthur Olinga found himself 1v1 with the goalie after a deflected cross. A couple of trademark step overs later and he successfully rounded the Finito goalie for an easy tap in to put Capital City up 1 in the 43rd min. The 2nd half started with renewed energy from Finito as they came close on a few chances but their shots went astray and did not force Cap City keeper Jeremy Cooper to make a save. Cap City struck again in the 60th min against the run of play as center mid Bash Bangura raced through the center of the defense and slid a perfect through ball to on rushing midfielder Sam Post who chipped the keeper to the far post and doubled the score. Cap City striker Ryan Kirkland converted a Kendall Herring cross in the 64th to make it 3-0 and from there Cap City enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances. Another strong showing by Capital City who sit in 1st place with a 2-0 record, while Finito again showed that they belong in the Premier and are close to figuring out the opposition.
ASA Reds – 1 vs Washington Elite – 1
8:00 PM KO @ Witter Field
In a tightly contested and frentic game that was intense from start to finish, Washington Elite drew blood first with a goal in the 26th minute after nice build up and combination play through the midfield. Lamar Hyde collected a Yannick Ebah feed and fire home for the 1-0 margin. Reds looked to equalize just before halftime, but the ARs flag for offsides saw the goal disallowed and Elite's lead preserved at the halftime whistle. In the second half, ASA Reds began to build some momentum and after a few near misses, Scott Dillie scored off a Coleman Hall corner kick to equalize at the 55 minute mark. Washington Elite battled back with a well-orchestrated counter-attack that saw Reds GK Guy Logan make two point-blank saves to preserve the tie. As tensions grew, several cards were issued and Washington Elite went down to ten men after a red card with fifteen minutes to play. Reds knocked on the door several times, including a sitter in the final minutes, but Washington Elite were able to hold on to finish for a share of the points.
Soccerdome/ICC – 3 vs Fados Irish Pub Conquistadores – 0
8:10 PM KO @ Fairfax High School
A tough fought game between two established WPL teams, Fados Conquistadores and the Soccer Dome/ICC took place on Sunday. ICC looked to reset from their heartbreaking loss in the opening week vs Capital City, while Fados were playing their first match of the Fall campaign. ICC was out for blood at the outset, stinging sharp passing together, and capitalized on a well-placed shot in the lower corner by Kyle Hendricks after a nice feed by Mike Buscemi in the 40th minute for a halftime lead of 1-0. The second half ICC continued the pressure and were able to garner two additional goals, both off deflections, with Justin Lee scoring unassisted and Kyle Hendricks notching his brace off a feed from CJ Corey. It's early in the season, and the Conquistadores will surely bring a brighter performance to their second game of the season next Sunday, while ICC have shown they've got the talent and depth to challenge for the title.
Fighting BOBs – 4 vs Dulles Sportsplex Aegean Hawks FC – 1
8:15 PM KO @ Long Bridge Park #1
Last season’s Helge Boes finalist Fighting BOBs, playing in their first game of the season, fell behind 0-1 as Hawks winger William Fierro was able finish a breakaway goal off a feed by Julio Arjona in the 15th minute. A red card issued to BOBs in the 30th minute left them down a man, but undeterred, as Hilaire Babou was able to convert a PK for a halftime score of 1-1. Shortly after the break, a Hawks center back earned his second yellow to bring both teams equal at 10 men. BOBs responded with much better energy in the second stanza and quickly asserted control of the game in the second half. New addition Sam Forline contributed with 2 goals from midfield and Eric Cava added another to give BOBs the lopsided 4-1 win and all 3 points in their first match of the season.