Kickers first team faced an Afghanistan FC who were coming off a strong win against league leaders Manhattan Celtic and they were ready to play. Kickers started off well, holding onto the ball for first 25 minutes of the half with some chances created by Brian Morris, and Gonzalo Trovato but nothing that alarmed their keeper. They kept possession and created some chances but nothing that Mo Keita wasn't able to handle and with great defensive play by Ari Silver and Kyle Robinson filling in as our starting center backs. As frustrating as it was not being able to control the pace of the game due to inconsistent passing, our defensive shape was our strength and it only frustrated them more.
It was from a goal kick, with 5 minutes left in the half, that started from MO and flowed through Kyle and Ari who found Mathias thirty yards out, Mathias subsequently fed a ball into their half which found James. James turned against 2 players, cut into the middle and found FX on the top of the 18 making a perfect run and an even better 1 time finish across the box and getting side netting.
The second half was a lot of the same, they controlled much of the ball but could not outplay our defensive effort; there was a lot of possession but not much results. On the other hand we had at least 3 opportunities to finish them off but our rust and exhaustion was starting to show after a two week rest. The game would end 1-0 and kickers pick up yet another shut out this season 5 in total, and now have 15 points which is only 4 points behind league leaders Celtic; Kickers also have a game in hand due to weather cancellation 2 weeks ago.
The Reserve team overwhelmed an ill prepared Afghan team to maintain a perfect record. Goals were scored by Jared Lichtarge (two; assisted by Rodolfo Domingos and Danny Challita), Danny (unassisted), Almir (assisted by Jared Hirschowitz), and two by newcomer Drew Afromsky.
onight on Randall's Island, the Kickers sent a message to the Division Leaders and avenged the loss to the CPR Old Bhoys in the State Cup by dismissing the previously undefeated CPR side 3-0. The game started out with both sides asking questions but nothing to show for it. Then in the 20th minute the Kickers started to settle in, enjoying more time on the ball through the midfield of Lucas Shanks, Aaron Vennard, Ardian Hasko and Alex Petrovic. That's when the 25th minute sub (MVP) Khouri Mulling came onto the pitch and immediate paid dividends. Ardian Hasko found Khouri with service over the top and Khouri slipped the shot past the CPR goalkeeper. The 1-0 score would hold until half-time.
The second half, started a little shaky for the Kickers as CPR applied pressure but the defense of David James, Chris Smith, Mike Zabroski, and Ari held strong and forced the attacks wide allowing Chris Villegas to make a few confident saves. In the 65th minute the build up play in the back, lead Mike Z's service to Evan down the wing, Evan squared into to Ardian at the top of the penalty area and Ardian's (Honorable Mention) one-time strike went right past the frozen CPR keeper for the 2-0 lead. In the 80th minute, Aaron's free-kick over the top the defense was volleyed by Khouri into the net for the final score. Nick Bill, Dimitar, and Oscar provide much needed energy and quality play to help the over-all team effort.
It was bad news this week for the Legends. Playing against a team in the lower half of the table, Legends spluttered in its offense, and in the 85th minute, coughed up the only goal of the game to a perfectly placed free kick headed in by the tallest player in the Barnstonworth Old Boys side. Legends' inability to create chances up to that point did not improve in those last five minutes, resulting in its second loss of the season.