9/11/16 Game Recaps

The newly-formed MKFC O-30 Legends.

The newly-formed MKFC O-30 Legends.

First Team

The Kickers first team played well in their season opener vs. NY Ukraine, despite missing a few regular starters. The Kickers fell behind 1-0 on a counter attack resulting from an attacking corner, but Bryan Baracaldo came through and evened the game at 1-1. Despite creating 4-5 more solid chances, the Kickers couldn't capitalize and the settled for a point and a 1-1 draw.

Second Team

The Kickers second team won 2-1, playing well in patches, and survived a couple close chances from the opposing NY Ukraine second team—including one ball that fell off the crossbar and falling suspiciously close to the goal line. Rodney Laveau scored on a header and provided an assist to newcomer Tim on his first goal for the club in his debut.

Over-30 Premier

The Over-30 Premier team dominated the run of play in the first 30 minutes against Celtic, moving the ball well and creating the majority of the scoring opportunities. In the 30th minute, Celtic was fortunate to get on the end of a bouncing ball in the box and lace a shot into the top corner to take the lead. In the second half, and with the wind at their back, the match was more evenly played, testing both teams' keepers. After a foul just outside the penalty area, Celtic found the net once again on an own-goal deflection. Down 2-nil, the Kickers pressed with Stu Kaiser drawing a free kick outside the Celtic penalty area. Khouri Mullings stepped up and rocket the free kick into the corner to bring the score to 2-1. Both sides created more scoring opportunities, but neither could find the net, and the game ended in a tough 2-1 loss for the O-30 Premier despite being the better team most of the match.

MKFC O-30 Premier and Celtic observe a moment of silence on September, 11th at Pier 40.

MKFC O-30 Premier and Celtic observe a moment of silence on September, 11th at Pier 40.

Over-30 Legends

The newly-constituted O-30 Legends started off well with a 7-0 win over Hoboken Legends. The combination of two of Cosmopolitan League's most prolific strikers —Gilad Bloom and Joe Whitman—proved lethal. Gilad opened scoring then laid off assists for Scotti and Jesse, before Joe went on a hat-tricking rampage. At the end of the match, Dave Dupuy ventured forward to cap the 9/11 memorial morning with a cracker to the top right corner.