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.
An Beal won 3-0 with goals by Chanelle Ranglin, Allison Williams and Sarah McBride. Liz Lops was in goal.
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.
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
It was a beautiful fall day for soccer and despite the lopsided score it was a high energy and well contested match. Tigers played a strong first half, with excellent defending by Diane Sit, Alex Griggs, Linda Villarosa, Kara Coughlin, and Martha Mills protecting the center. Tigers frustrated Bronx Ale’s attempts to get open for shooting opportunities. However, Bronx Ale was able to score in the last minute of the first half by a shot from Lisa Dechance near the goal line.
In the second half, the Tigers found more offensive opportunities and goalkeeper Jen Trowbridge made some spectacular saves against repeated Bronx Ale attacks. But Bronx Ale was able to capitalize on corner kicks and two more goals were added by Cori Witkiewicz and Tina Cressent to end the game 4-0 in Bronx Ale’s favor.
Bronx Ale faced off with McKeon’s. Sue Hannon put Bronx Ale on the board and assisted Tina Cressent’s goal before suffering a terrible facial injury. McKeon’s demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship by offering to play a man down and were very attentive to Hannon while Beth and other players attended to her. Despite the fairly serious injury, Bronx Ale captured the 3 points with a 2-0 win.
NYC United got off to a late start and a goal down against Bronx Ale due to their short numbers. Both teams ended up playing short of eleven due to multiple injuries or earl departures. Bronx Ale’s Kat Murphy scored early in the first half and Stephanie Nava added a second goal for a 3-0 lead at the half.
Despite the fewer number of players on the field, both teams kept attacking. Bronx Ale’s defense, anchored by Elyse Hanley, was up to the challenge and thwarted United’s momentum allowing only a few long range shots. Tina Cressent scored the final goal in the second half after some nice passing up front. Bronx Ale wins with a 4-0 shutout.
Parlour FC and Bronx Ale faced of starting short sided, but Bronx Ale ended up with a full team against PFC’s ten. Both teams played well, defenses were organized and Bronx Ale demonstrated a bit of good passing throughout. Cori Witkiewicz came close to scoring minutes into the game but her shot was blocked by the post and PFC was able to clear the ball out of the box. Bronx Ale continued to press but couldn’t convert their chances. PFC was able to get on the board near the end of the first half when Marjorie Gateau delivered the ball from the defensive third to the midfield to Jane Kenney who made a beautiful cross that Liz Eles struck into the goal.
The second half saw Bronx Ale House turn up the pressure and after multiple near misses, Witkiewicz was finally rewarded a goal early in the second half. PFC’s goalie Susan Kistler continued to make some great saves to keep the game level. Bronx Ale then took the lead when Stephanie Nava scored off a scramble in the box to up the score 2-1. PFC had a few chances for an equalizer but and Bronx Ale’s Jeannie Heinsohn was able to make some saves to hold onto the lead, including a point blank shot from PFC’s striker Pearl Odu ending with a 2-1 victory for Bronx Ale.
Best for PFC: Pearl Odu and Liz Eles
Beal Bocht defeats Bronx Ale 3-1. Bronx Ale’s goal was supplied by Tina Cresent.
NYC United and Bronx Ale drew at a goal a piece. Goal for United was from Lauren Bellone and Amanda White got on the board for Bronx Ale.