1st Team and Reserves Roll, Over-30s Split - 10/2/16 Game Recaps

First Team

The Kickers first team was missing eight players this weekend, but a few reserve players stepped up alongside a few players playing out of position and the makeshift squad took care of a pesky FC Japan team by a score of 4-1. Despite conceding possession most of the game, the Kickers countered well with penetrating passes behind the FC Japan defense. Tommy got on the end of a Brian Morris cross to open the scoring before Brian netted two of his own, and Albi swung in a near post free kick to make it 4-0. The Kickers would give up a sloppy late goal, but emerged with three points.

Reserves

The Kickers Reserves similarly struggled to break down the FC Japan reserves' defense, but maintained possession for much of the game. It wasn't until the 88th minute when a ball played across the six-yard box was netted by a sliding Michael Kahn. The Kickers Reserves snuck out with a 1-0 win, but a win nonetheless.

Over-30 Premier

The Kickers Over-30 Premier suffered a tough loss versus a very determined Hoboken FC squad. Despite being the side with more quality and having more of the ball for most of the match, it was the Kickers own turnovers and misgivings that allowed Hoboken to steal the match.

GK Mike FitzGerald was tested early and often. Hoboken would break through on a deflection in the 25th minute, but would be canceled out in the 30th minute by a one-touch combination between Ardian Hasko, Khouri Mullings and Matt Cacciotti to put the Kickers on the board and even the score. A minute later, Ardian Hasko took the ball into the penalty area and was mugged by the Hoboken defender, but was not given a penalty. This would come back to haunt the Kickers.

Early in the second half, Matt Cacciotti pounced on the ball in the penalty area to give the Kickers the go-ahead goal. But in the 65th minute, Hoboken was awarded a questionable penalty that could have gone either way. After converting the PK, the score was all even. The Kickers nearly took back the lead on a free kick that looked destined for the upper corner, but was denied by the Hoboken goalkeeper. In the 80th minute, Hoboken would find a way by two Kickers defenders along the end line and slice a shot into the upper corner. The Kickers would spend the rest of the game pressing but couldn't find the equalizer.

Over-30 Legends

The Kickers Over-30 Legends won 2-0 against basement dwellers Manhattan Celtic Masters, going ahead in the 2nd minute on a goal from Jesse Vozick, and then Gilad Bloom scoring in the 10th minute which all but put the game to bed. Later in the game, a bit of laziness would prevent the Kickers from adding to the all-important goal differential. MVP goes to Jesse Vozick, and an honorable mentions for fellow hardworking center mid Randall Stekee and GK Raj Ganesha for maintaining this season's shutout record.