McKeon’s played the entire game with two players down against a strong and full squad that was Bronx Ale. Although McKeon’s played as hard as they could to defend their goal there wasn’t much to do as Bronx Ale proved tough to defend. Bronx Ale broke through to win the game 7-nill thanks to: Andrea Arnone (2), Elyse Hanley (1), Sandra Nilsson (2), Stephanie Nava (1), and Tina Cressent (1).
Bronx Ale would like to give a special mention to McKeon’s goalie, Nancy Blaine, as the best for them.
McKeon’s would like to specially thank all of Bronx Ale for showing great patience, sportsmanship and consideration.
Harps scrambled to field a team on a chilly day against the full-sided Bronx Ale House. Harps defense successfully fended off numerous Bronx Ale attacks before they were up to full strength. Once at even numbers, Harps started to balance out the possession and solid play-making produced some shots, but were unlucky in converting. Bronx Ale’s Jill Steinberg did well to hold the back while Tina Cressent was a constant threat up front, unlucky not to convert. Props must be given to Harps’ defender Anastasia Hagen who volunteered in goal and produced several incredible saves keeping her teammates motivated and the half scoreless.
Bronx Ale came out in the second half with renewed confidence and turned up the pressure maintaining possession for most of the second half in their offensive third. Harps’ defense worked tirelessly to stop the barrage of shots and corners requiring more great saves by Hagan and a few off-the-line clearances by Jennifer Terranova to keep Harps in the game. But Bronx Ale’s persistence finally broke through the Harps’ back line with a final attempt on goal in the final five minutes which was initially saved by Hagen, but finished by Cressent on the rebound earning Bronx Ale the well deserved 3 points with a final of 1-0.
Best for Harps: Anastasia Hagan and Jennifer Terranova
Best for Bronx Ale: Tina Cressent and Jill Steinberg
It was perfect match weather this past Saturday as Bronx Ale House took the pitch against Beal Bocht. Bronx Ale came out strong when Sandra Nilsson netted two goals in her debut game giving them the lead. Bronx Ale continued to dominate play allowing few chances for Beal Bocht on attack. Towards the end of the first half, Beal Bocht’s Angela Russo ripped a shot from 20 years out sailing into the top left corner of the net just out of keeper, Jeannie Heinshon’s reach to cut the score in half going into the break 2-1.
Beal Bocht returned to the pitch with a new energy and determination and Michelle Miyaki
scored the equalizer quickly off the start. Only moments later Beal Bocht’s Ana Patejdl buried the go ahead goal inside the near post. Bronx Ale, feeling the urgency of the situation, pressed forward and Sandra Nilsson slotted one in completing her hattrick and salvaging a point for her side. Bronx Ale will face Harps SC in their next match.
Best for Bronx Ale: Andrea Arnone, Beth Higgins, Sandra Nilsson & Tina Cressent
Parlour FC and Bronx Ale House met in the League Cup Semifinals on a cold December morning. Strong play on both sides kept the game exciting and competitive. Both keepers, PFC’s Marjorie Gateau and BAH’s Jeannie Heinsohn, came up big keeping the game scoreless in the first half.
PFC scored early in the second half when a ball was delivered to midfielder Agnes Hitimana by PFC’s defense. Hitimana then deftly squared the ball to Michelle Eisenberg who touched it on allowing Julia Gilardi to unleash an unstoppable shot into the upper 90. Soon after, PFC’s Lucille Charles collected the ball at midfield and sent it overhead and long to the speedy Eisenberg who broke away down the right flank with two BAH defenders in hot pursuit, and finished with a low shot into the goal. Both teams had additional scoring opportunities throughout the second half but were unable to capitalize, leaving the final score, PFC 2 – BAH 0 sending PFC to the League Cup Final.
Best for PFC:
Defense – Marjorie Gateau and Jodi Andrews
Offense – Michelle Eisenberg and Julia Gilardi
Best for BAH:
McKeon’s faced Bronx Ale in the last game of the 2012 season. The first half was well played with BAH passing nicely producing some scoring opportunities, but they were unable to convert. McKeon’s keeper Nancy Blaine made some great saves to keep the score 0-0 at the half.
McKeon’s pressed forward in the second half. BAH’s Sue Hannon came up with some amazing saves to keep the game scoreless early in the second half as McKeon’s Melissa Ryerson wreaked havoc on the defense. Ryerson finally broke through by finishing off a cross by Maeve Redomond to score the only goal of the game giving McKeon’s a 1-0 upset over BAH.
Bronx Ale (BAH) met Beal Bocht (fka Luke’s) in a hard fought challenge. Beal Bocht started down two players allowing BAH to dominate possession in the first half. BAH’s Tina Cressent scored the first goal as the result of some nice passing and switching the field. Angela Russo scored from the top of the box for Beal Bocht shortly before the halftime whistle.
Beal Bocht added a tenth player to start the second half, but BAH continued to benefit from the advantage, connecting well and maintaining grip on possession. Beal Bocht’s Liz Lop had an outstanding game in the goal to hold BAH to just the lone goal allowing her team to notch a point.
Phoenix and Bronx Ale House turned out for a very competitive match. Phoenix scored first halfway into the first 45 after a scramble in front of goal and the ball popped out to Varina Carey who blasted a shot from the top of the box into the upper ninety. Bronx Ale came back with two quick goals just before the half. Tina Cressent’s shot on goal was defected into the Phoenix goal for the tie and minutes later Casey Melilli received a cross and ripped a shot that sailed over the keeper’s head for the lead.
Phoenix came out strong in the second half and retaliated with 2 quick goals from Diana Fernandez to take back the lead. With about fifteen minutes remaining, Bronx Ale forward Carleen Gillot connected off a deep cross and netted a far post goal for the equalizer. In the dying minutes of the game, Bronx Ale midfielder Chantal Talmor nearly scored on a break away but Phoenix keeper Jules Krause blocked the shot on a sliding tackle to preserve the tie. Phoenix defenders Dervil Carey and Vanessa Greaves did a great job in shutting down the Bronx Ale offense, while up front Varina Carey and Diana Fernandez, with help from midfielders Mary O’Rourke, Debbie Kern, Sharon West and Catherine Sokol, kept the pressure on the Bronx Ale defense. Tina Cressent and Chantal Talmor were instrumental in Bronx Ale’s attacks while Jill Steinberg, Lucille Conklin and Beth Higgins shut down many Phoenix chances.
After a two week delay, Harps opened their first match of the fall season in dramatic style against the current top team, Bronx Ale for what turned out to be a thriller of a match. Harps started with just 8 players BAH’s 10 and to some luck with the wind at their backs. Despite the numbers disadvantage, Harps defense was impenetrable with wing-backs Anastasia Hagan and Ashley Bonnett, while their offense applied immediate pressure with precision passing and solid possession. Still short-sided, Harps’ sweeper Teresa Brink sent in a long arcing shot from just past half-field which caught the wind and found it’s way just inside the cross-bar and out of reach of BAH keeper Jeannie Heinsohn to put Harps up 1-0. Despite Harps’ best efforts to add to the tally, BAH was able to hold the score-line going into the halftime break.
With both teams at full strength in second half, BAH now had the wind advantage. Harps’ defense was under continuous pressure when a well placed corner by BAH’s Chantal Talmor was met by the driving head of Tina Cressent at the back post leaving keeper Marissa Bea no chance for the save giving BAH the equalizer. Harps again attacked with Aoife West slipping a forward pass through to Suzy Malone who placed it well outside Heinsohn’s reach putting Harps up again, 2-1. BAH reacted with speed and skilled ball handling as Jeanine Rynne was unlucky to be denied a scoring opportunity with Bea making a diving save. BAH had another chance to equalize after drawing a penalty kick, but Kat Murphy was unable to convert, hitting the crossbar. Harps’ offense wasn’t done yet when West was on the ball again taking a shot from 25 yards out dropping the ball in perfectly behind Heinsohn for Harps’ third goal. BAH’s tireless pressure was rewarded again when a poorly cleared ball landed on Rynne’s foot who fed Cressent to tap it home for her second goal of the day. Despite the constant pressure by BAH, Harps were able to protect their lead and the three points in a very exciting and competitive match.
Best for Harps: Anastasia Hagan and Ashley Bonnett
Best for Bronx Ale: Tina Cressent
BAH opened the season with the wind to their advantage against a Tigers squad boasting several new players. In the first half BAH dominated possession, and the Tigers’ defense, especially Alex Griggs, the Alyssa Meyers, and goalkeeper Amy Gufert did well to keep them at bay. BAH finally broke down the Tigers defense when Elyse Hanley scored off a Chantal Talmor corner kick. Tigers defense continued to struggle when BAH’s Tina Cressent crossed a ball finished off the head of Jeanine Rynne to give BAH a 2-0 lead just before the halftime whistle.
The second half saw more offensive effort by the Tigers, including forays by forward Kristina Tameta and passing combinations by outside midfielders Regina Discala, Christina Stoll, Laura Miller, and Sandra Schmidt. Despite Tigers’ increased offensive pressure and solid saves by Gufert, BAH kept on attacking and Joelle Gozlen tapped home two goals to increase their lead. A nice run by BAH up the right side of the field led to a Tigers’ own goal. BAH closed out the scoring when Chantal Talmor made her mark on the net. Impressive passing by Tigers’ forwards Stoll and Sawako Fukuchi showed Tigers fight throughout the game.
Inter defeated Bronx Ale 4-1 in the first round of the cup. BAH started the game with only nine players and Inter took advantage with a quick goal. They scored again in the last five minutes of the half for a 2-0 lead at the break. Inter scored another goal in the second half, but BAH kept battling. Elyse Hanley gained control of the ball near midfield and kept possession, scoring from inside the penalty box. Inter scored once again to close out the game with a 4-1 win and moves on to the semi-finals.
Inter’s goals were by Elisabetta Casarella-1, Daniela Maddaloni-1 and Jessica Paganelli-1.