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Bronx Irish Soccer League

The Bronx Irish Soccer League was founded in the 1980′s by a group of Irish emigrants in the Bronx. The League has played on various fields around the Bronx but has made the Parade Grounds in Van Cortlandt Park its home for roughly the last 15 years. The league now consists of a women’s division fielding eight teams. The season runs year round with a spring and fall schedule and games are played on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in joining the Bronx Irish Soccer League, please submit your information via our contact form or send an email to info@bronxirishoccer.com.


  • All teams are to have a copy of their roster on-hand to indicate who played that game, as well as to note goals scored and any cautions issued.
  • Captains are to wear armbands to identify themselves.
  • No jewelry is allowed, and in accordance with park regulations, no new cleats are permitted (players are strongly encouraged to wear turf shoes).
  • Any games that do not start on time will be shortened accordingly.
  • For field conditions call the Van Cortlandt Park Service Hotline: (718) 430-1862.

 Match Reports:

9/12/15 – Tigers v Phoenix (3-0)

The Tigers began the fall season with a match against Phoenix. A new formation gave the historically defensive team the offensive push they’ve been searching for. Ten minutes into the first half, the offense was able to push through the Phoenix defensive line. After a shot from Kianoosh Hashemzadeh was deflected, midfielder Alex Griggs spotted the keeper off her line and sent a sailing shot that glided over the Phoenix defense and into the goal.

Several minutes later, Griggs sent a diagonal pass to Hashemzadeh, who broke the defensive line once more, challenging the keeper one-on-one, this time finding the back of the net.

The Phoenix offense soon picked up, and they began making several challenges to the Tigers defense. Diane Sit held down the back line, thwarting numerous challenges, as Martha Mills chased down challenges from the line. A new goalkeeper for Tigers, Carly Sousa, proved her mettle as she made several crucial saves as the first half began to draw to a close.

However, the Tigers offense did not let up, and through balls sent by center midfielders, Nicole Daddazio and Caitlin McKenna, kept the Phoenix defense busy. Left wing Genevieve Knabel took advantage of a loose ball just outside the box, sending it up and into the upper corner of the goal, bringing the score to 3-0.

During the second half, Phoenix began challenging the Tigers goal with zeal, but the Tigers defense, under the leadership of Sousa and Sit did not allow a single goal.

The Tigers continued their offensive push till the end of the second half, with several more shots on goal, keeping the Phoenix defense on the chase.

(Match report submitted by Nisha Varia of Tigers.)

JV Girls Soccer coach & assistant coach needed

Fieldston School in Riverdale is seeking a JV Girls Soccer coach & assistant coach.

Ethical Culture Fieldston is a progressive preK-12 independent school serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECF offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from PreK to 12 on two campuses — one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan.

Fieldston Upper School is looking for a Junior Varsity Assistant soccer coach for both boys and girls. The applicant will have knowledge of soccer and the ability to teach fundamental skills, tactics and strategies of the game to high school students. Prior playing and coaching experience is preferred. The program competes in the IVY Preparatory School League and is a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools. The school has fielded a highly competitive program for many years and continues to strive for excellence in its coaches and players. This is a part-time position that begins with preseason practice on August 24th and continues through early November. The candidate should be available during the week in the late afternoons.

Please contact Michael A. Machado at 914-968-4346 for more information.


11/22/14 – League Final: Beal Bocht v Bronx Ale (1-1, 4-3 PKs)

Another bitter cold day played host to the League Final between the League Champions, Bronx Ale and the Runners Up, Beal Bocht. The playing conditions were tough with a frozen surface creating difficulty for players staying on their feet. Bronx Ale missed an opportunity to go up minutes into the game when Lisa Dechance beat Liz Lops but her shot trickled off the post and over the baseline for a goal kick. Beal Bocht’s Sarah McBride sailed a ball over the head of Ale keeper Jeannie Heinsohn, hitting the crossbar and bouncing into the goal, giving them 1-0 lead in the first half.

Beal Bocht played defensively throughout the game but Bronx Ale kept on the hunt for the equalizer. Bronx Ale mindfielders Dechance, Corie Witkiewicz and Jackie Jones did well to hold possession and persistence paid off when an own goal leveled the score. After two scoreless five minute overtimes, the game was still a 1-1 draw and went to the dreaded penalty kicks. Beal Bocht bested League Champions to capture the League Final with 4-3 in penals.

11/22/14 – Shield Final: Parlour FC v Tigers (2-1)

Parlour FC and Tigers took to the field for the 2014 Shield Final. While the sun brought some relief from the cold temperatures, the field was more like an ice skating rink for the initial part of the first half, upending players on both squads. The game would prove to be a tale of two halves.

The majority of PFC’s lineup was notably from the more “mature” side of their roster. Jane Kenney coached the squad after being sidelined with an injury a few weeks earlier. As the first half progressed, PFC started to get a good rhythm going and began to put some serious offensive pressure on the ball. Their hard work was rewarded when Liz Eles blasted a corner kick that magnificently curved into the goal thanks to both its power and the wind. Eles and Dinsiri Fikru worked tirelessly in the middle of the field, winning possession and distributing the ball artfully. Tigers’ keeper made some great saves but also injured her knee during one of the many scrums in front of the net. Thankfully she was able to continue. With just a few moments to the halftime whistle, Eles took a shot from distance that found the back of the net. The half ended with PFC up 2-0.

Tigers showed no let up in the second half. They seemed determined to do some damage of their own. And midway through the half they did just that and got themselves on the board with a nice goal by Kara Coughlin. Tigers nearly tied things up with a blast that keeper Susan Kistler skillfully saved. Still, they kept coming but Kistler, sweeper, Lucille Charles, outside defenders Maggie Bradley and Karen Lindsay as well as the never quitting Eles and Fikru held strong and made some great stops and plays. PFC was happy to have Joan Madden back on the pitch. However, even with Madden’s deft ball skills, she and the rest of the offense, Miss Gregory, Robin Grunder, Genevieve Aidala, and Erin Mendez were unable to convert some really close chances. When the final whistle sounded, PFC blew a collective sigh of relief and metaphorically raised the 2014 Shield.

Best for PFC: Susan Kistler, Liz Eles and Dinsiri Fikru.

11/15/14 – Bronx Ale v Harps (1-0)

In spite of the bitter cold, field conditions were tricky with players on both Bronx Ale and Harps having difficulty staying on their feet.  Both teams were short: Bronx Ale had 9 to Harps’ 10, but both teams played a hard fought game.

Bronx Ale scored at the end of the first half with some nice give and go passing between Tina Cressent and Lisa DeChance.  Just before the halftime whistle blew, Lisa took a shot from the right side that beat the keeper to the far post.  Harps keeper continued to come up big in the second half, coming well off her line several times to disrupt break-ways.

Bronx Ale made a keeper switch midway through the second half and Kat Murphy saved a great shot from Joelle to keep Harps off the scoreboard.  Once again, Elyse Hanley played a great game in the back and Jackie Jones and Lisa DeChance did well to control the middle of the field.



11/08/14 – Bronx Ale v Harps (1-2)

Harps faced the league leaders Bronx Ale in a long awaited and twice rained out match-up. Harps took charge with the numbers and wind advantage and dominated the first half. The return of Samantha Kee to Harps’ squad was a welcome one and she made an immediate impact producing attacking combinations and penetrating through balls past Bronx Ale’s defense. But it was off a set piece that Kee placed the ball just inside the far post from an expertly placed corner kick to beat keeper Jeannie Heinsohn.

Despite still being short of a full squad, Bronx Ale came out strong in the second half and made several threatening runs forcing some dramatics by Harps’ defense and Keeper Megan Hare to keep them off the board. Kee added to the tally with a shot just outside the box. Bronx Ale was relentless and were rewarded when April Wisniewski sent a corner in to Jackie Jones who skillfully turned and slotted it past the keeper to halve their deficit. Bronx Ale’s Elyse Hanley struck a rocket of a free kick sending towards goal but Hare got in the way making her the team hero with a valiant save in the final minute of the game to preserve the win for Harps.

Best for Harps: Samantha Kee, Megan Hare
Best for Bronx Ale: Elyse Hanley, Lauren Barton, Mary McEvoy, Beth Higgins