News and Announcements
This year the EDSL recognized Shelley Mayer, NYS Assemblywoman, at the Champions Dinner Dance for all that she has done for the league over the years and we thank her for her continued support of the EDSL.
The Mount Kisco playoffs were completed with the final game between Kisco International and Deportivo Atlas. The Championship game was played on Sunday, October 26th and was the most exciting game of the 2014 season. Two equal teams were matched in the CHAMPIONSHIP game as it should be. The game was played with fair, fierce, physical and very exciting action with very minimal dissent. The match was back and forth, with Kisco International scoring the game tying goal in the 35th minute of second half and winning the Championship game on kicks from the penalty mark. It was an incredible game by both teams and congratulations must be given to both sides. Really well done!!!!
Mahopac FC Home Field, Mahopac, NY – September 7, 2014
Despite what the score suggests, Lagrange United and coach Andrew Deegan, at times really tested the resolve of Mahopac FC team and their coach Pat Gallagan.
With crisp and accurate passing Lagrange United controlled the ball early on in the first period and pressed the attack creating a number of opportunities inside the Mahopac FC penalty area. Outstanding defense especially by Mahopac FC defenders Mike Chitu, Conor Healy and Mahopac FC goalkeeper Steve Garcia prevented them from scoring.
Mahopac FC midfield then started moving the ball up field more effectively and after 15 minutes of intense play, Mahopac FC striker Tom “Tommie” Rosney sparked his team by scoring the first goal off a solid right-footed shot from just outside the Lagrange penalty area. At the 30 minutes mark, Mahopac FC’s striker Shefquet “Shultz” Kabashi skillfully and accurately placed a slow moving ball into the Lagrange United goal, from within the penalty area.
When the second half started, Mahopac FC appeared to be dominating play. Lagrange United midfield then tried a new tactic…chipping the ball over Mahopac FC defenders, creating opportunities for their speedy strikers to beat defenders to the ball. At 60 minutes, the Mahopac FC goalkeeper mishandled a high, hard hit chip and it sailed past him, giving Lagrange United a goal. Ten minutes later, Mahopac FC midfield tried the same tactic against Lagrange United defenders. Mahopac FC’s Jason Scozzafava raced the Lagrange United goalkeeper to a chipped ball, beat him and deftly kicked a ball from 30 yards out into the upper left corner of the goal. The game ended with no further goals being scored.
Mahopac FC co-coach Mark Dolan is looking for a few more players to fill their 2014-2015 roster. Mahopac FC takes on Somers and coach Mario Corrado, another home game, at 9:00 am Sunday September 14, 2014.
As of Sunday July 20th Westchester FC still holds the top spot by defeating Puma 1-0. Second and third place remain the same as Real Cotija and San Lorenzo played to a 2-2 tie. Real Sociedad defeated Atlas 1-0 and Honduras got the 3 points from the forfeiting Metapan team. Morazán beat Juventud 1-0 and Sport Peru did in Monarcas 1-0. The next few Sundays will really be interesting. Westchester probably needs to run the table to claim the first spot at the end of the season while only 3 points separate 2nd through 6th place. The league has never been this close and this competitive. This Sunday Real Cotija and Westchester FC play at 12:00noon and Honduras and Morazán have the 1:30PM game at Pelton. San Lorenzo drew a bye and El Carmen will pick up 3 points from the Forfeiting Metapan team. The top 4 places receive a bye into the second round of the tournament and everyone wants that extra week off to rest. It’s going to be a great finish!!!!
Westchester FC who made up a double header and took 3 points on a forfeit has now bumped to the top of the Leaders Board with 19 points. Real Cotija who had a bye this past week drops to second place. Westchester FC and Real Cotija are scheduled to meet in two weeks which possibly could determine this years winner. Of course there are a few other teams who also have their sights on the top spot. Morazán got back on the winning track by easily defeating Atlas 8-1. El Carmen proved they have to be taken seriously by edging out Honduras 2-1. Real Sociedad and Sport Peru played to a tough 0-0 draw so only got 1 point added to their totals.
Point totals are really close and everyone is fighting for those top 4 positions which will receive automatic byes into the second round of the playoffs. A simple win and 3 points could mean the difference in positioning for 6 teams.