Men's Gold League

Saturday News – Men’s League, June 16th







Week 1 – Day Story – By David Fouty –


The first match day of Kick It Social’s summer season started out with some all kinds of different results.

In the first game of the day, the River Rats lost 5-0 to Ekstra, who moved the ball well and capitalized on many of their opportunities, but the score could have turned out a bit differently.

Choripan Al Paso won an exciting matchup against Midnight Riders 3-2. While they were leading for most of the game, Midnight Riders kept the offense going the whole game but were unable to muster enough chances to equalize in the end.

Vitamin O won 9-0 over freshly promoted Scratch F.C. thanks in part to a five-goal performance from Sandro Silva. While Scratch did show some organizational worries, they certainly possess the ability to figure out their offensive woes.

And in the final match of the day Seawolves escaped with a narrow 1-0 win over Zambezi FC, but the result was on the edge of a knife for most of the game. Possession and shots on goal were essentially even for both teams, but Seawolves lone goal was enough to earn the three points.

Seawolves will take on Vitamin O in a battle for first. Choripan Al Paso will also look to keep place with first against Zambezi. Midnight Riders and the River Rats will look to get their first wins of the season against one another. And Scratch FC faces another tough test in Ekstra. Don’t forget your Zico!


Game One: Ekstra 5  – River Rats 0 – By By Mark Eddinger –

Ekstra Starts Strong, Doesn’t Look Back

After 40 minutes of play Saturday Ekstra had a 3-0 lead and was feeling pretty good about their first game of the new Gold League season. On the other side the River Rats were trying to work through the difficulty of only having four regular players from their team.

By the end of the full 80 minutes Ekstra (1-0-0, 3 points) walked away with a very good 5-0 victory.

The goal scoring started early in the game when two of the three first half goals came after turnovers by the River Rats (0-0-1, 0 points) in their own defensive third.

The second half was a more evenly contested contest as the River Rats started to connect with more passes and play more as a team both offensively and defensively.

Ekstra was able to add two more goals and in the second half. Goal scorers were Gene Hart with two goals, Mike Rom, Doug Marcis, and Andrew Lindsay.

Ben Bartolomei got the shutout for Ekstra in goal and was tested a lot in the second half. The River Rats hit a post and a crossbar as they were pushing to get back in the game and Bartolomei also made a good tip save over the crossbar on a chip attempt.

Ekstra will play Scratch FC in game two next Saturday and the River Rats will take on the Midnight Riders in game four.


Game Two: Choripan Al Paso 3 – Midnight Riders 2 – By Mark Eddinger –

Choripan Al Paso Holds Off Midnight Riders

Arin Sarros made a great save with 10 minutes remaining in the game to preserve a 3-2 win for Choripan Al Paso over the Midnight Riders on Saturday.

Mark McKenzie gave Midnight Riders (0-0-1, 0 points) the 1-0 lead early in the game. The lead would not last until the break because Mariano Lanfranconi scored for Choripan Al Paso (1-0-0, 3 points) on a free kick that he scorched past David Fouty, who was subbing in goal for Midnight Riders.

Paul Cherry put the Midnight Riders back up 2-1 with a goal in the 45th minute. Again Choripan had a quick answer. This time it was Ivan Torossian who knotted the game at 2-2 in the 47th minute.

Anthony Damico then scored the eventual game winner when he made the score 3-2 Choripan in the 57th minute.

Midnight Riders pushed offensively down the stretch of the game but could not find the equalizer. Their best chance came in the 70th minute but Sarros made a great reaction save to keep Choripan ahead.

“It was lucky, I was in the right spot,” Sarros said of his big save. “He hit a good shot but I was somehow there. It was really fun and I had a great time our here today.”

That save was the biggest of 5 that Sarros made during the game. Fouty made 4 saves for the Midnight Riders.

Choripan Al Paso takes on Zambezi in game three next Saturday and the Midnight Riders will play the River Rats in the day’s last game.


Game Three: Vitamin O 9 – Scratch FC 0 – By Peter Stevens –

Vitamin O – 9 Scratch FC – 0

Vitamin O began the new league campaign with a resounding victory over Scratch FC. The first five minutes of the match was a cagey affair with neither side dominating play.

However, Vitamin O provided the first goal of the game in the ninth minute. After being released by a nice through ball down Scratch FC’s left flank, Bundo Onwueme whipped in an inviting cross which Ryan Oswald volleyed first-time into the back of the net.

A few minutes later Vitamin O doubled their advantage when Sandro Silva coolly slotted the ball into the side netting from 10 yards out.

For Vitamin O’s third goal, Silva turned provider for Oswald’s second goal of the game.

The onslaught continued in the 20th minute as Silva bagged his brace. Receiving the ball about 25 yards from goal, Silva beat his man and tucked the ball into the far post with the outside of his foot.

After a slow start to the half, Scratch FC started to gain a slight foothold forcing a save from the Vitamin O keeper on 29 minutes.

But Vitamin O soon asserted their dominance again. Silva provided another classy finish to complete a first half hat trick, rounding the Scratch FC keeper and passing the ball into an empty net to make it 5-0 at the end of the half.

Vitamin O started the second half in a lively fashion, forcing four decent saves out of the Scratch FC keeper within the first 18 minutes.

Silva grabbed his fourth goal of the game on 19 minutes with another confident finish.

The Silva show rolled on in the 30th minute when he bagged his fifth and final goal to cap a man of the match performance.

In the final five minutes, two more Vitamin O players got their name on the score sheet. Guillermo Trias and Alex Berg each scored to take the final tally to nine.

Following the match, Vitamin O captain Paul Del Aguila was understandably upbeat about his team’s performance.“It was a little disjointed at the start because of some new players, but we had enough quality to mask that newness,” Del Aguila said.

Del Aguila also singled out Sandro Silva for praise.

“It helps when you have a player of Silva’s quality,” Del Aguila said. “We just try to get the ball to his feet and let him do what he does.”

Scratch FC captain Ilan Tzadka tried to take what positives he could away from the match.

“We had good spirit,” Tzadka said. “But now we move on, and forget about it.”


Game Four: Seawolves 1 – Zambezi 0 – By David Fouty –

Seawolves Win First Match…Slightly

Zambezi F.C. brought the best out of Seawolves, but it wasn’t enough to hold off last season’s league Champions as Seawolves FC took a 1-0 win on the first match day of the summer.

Aside from Joaquin sneaking in a goal moments before the half-time break for Seawolves, this game was basically level throughout. Zambezi goalkeeper Brian Eble made nine saves in the game and only allowed the one goal. Seawolves goalkeeper Keenan Leahy, fresh off a “Golden Gloves” award, stopped all eight shots on goal against him.

“We’re getting plenty of chances,” said Zambezi striker Alfredo Arellano. “We can possess the ball against this team and our defense is playing great. There’s no reason we can’t win this game.”

The high temperatures may have led to the low-score of the game, nearly touching 100 degrees on the pitch for the mid-day game. “This is far too hot,” said Seawolves midfielder Sean Roberts after the game. “I’m probably going to be sick soon.”

Zambezi rang two shots off the post in the second half that would have equalized and most likely given them the draw, but weren’t able to finish in the end.

The Seawolves move on to play Vitamin O who is coming off an impressive 9-0 win and five-goal performance from Sandro Silva. Zambezi plays Choripan Al Paso.