Kickers Sneak Away - 11/6 Game Recaps

First Team

The Kickers first team leaped out to a six point lead in the division with a 1-0 win against 2nd place Hoboken FC. Despite giving up possession for the majority of the game, the Kickers kept their shape and defended well as a team, preventing Hoboken from creating any real opportunity on goal. Close to halftime, a long-range shot was deflected on its way toward goal, but GK Bernie Sheary managed to get both hands on the ball while diving the other way, knocking it away from danger. Once again, the Kickers would rely on the heroics of Brian Morris to create their best chance on goal. Brian skinned a defender along the goal line and whipped a pass toward the penalty spot, where Vlad was waiting and confidently smashed home the only goal of the game.

Second Team

The Kickers Reserves started the game brightly, with the first chance of the game coming off a Danny "Cha" header that was pushed just wide by the keeper. The Kickers maintained the pressure for much of the first half, with some of the best soccer they've played all year. Against the run of play however, one of Hoboken's attackers found room to run across the top of the box and fire a low shot beyond the hands of GK Ulrich. Credit to the Kickers, as they responded with another period of strong play after the goal. However, a lack of actual shots on target seemed to be the theme, with little end-product coming after the Kicker's good build up play. Into the second half, the Kickers played a bit more direct in search of an equalizer. Unfortunately, the directness of they're play and unluckiness not to find the net took a toll on the Kickers, and they were caught out on a breakaway with 10 minutes left. At that point, the second goal seemed to deflate the squad, and they allowed another soft goal off a set piece. Coach Kachinstev encouraged his squad to focus on the positives from the teams performance for when they return to action in two weeks.

Over-30 Premier

It was another new member of the squad, Mark Bau, that made a significant contribution for the Kickers Over-30 Premier. In the 65th minute, Mark dribbled the ball into attacking third of the pitch and found Khouri Mullings on the left side of the penalty area. Khouri placed the nice finish under the keeper to give the Kickers all they would need to secure three points. If not for the acrobatics of the Hoboken goalkeeper, the Kickers would have won this match by three or four, hitting three posts and pressuring the opposition all day.  On the other end, the defense of Colin O'Banion, Russ Our, David Reischfeld, and Brad Lupton (along with Alex), held the opposition off the score sheet.

Over-30 Legends

CPR Legends scored first against the Kickers Legends, but DJ Stewart would pull one back through a nice give and go with Joe Whitman. Later in the game, Joe then took a beauty of a shot himself to put the Kickers up 2-1. They held that lead until the 85th minute when a defensive lapse resulted in the tying goal for CPR, and the Kickers Legends slipped into second place in the table.