06/30/12 – Parlour FC v Inter (4-4) (4-2 on PKs)
On a blistering summer day in the Bronx, PFC came out fast and hard and scored five minutes into the start of the game. Michelle Eisenberg, one on one with Inter’s goalie, calmly dribbled in ten yards and struck the ball into the net. Inter countered soon after netting their first goal of the game. Leaving the game tied.
Inter took the lead on a well placed free kick. Still in the first half, Inter scored two more times taking a 4-2 lead. Before the end of the half PFC’s Fatou Diba carried the ball up from the mid field and blasted a banana kick from the right corner flag that just skimmed the Inter keeper’s hand and found the back of the net. The score at the half was Inter 4 PFC 3.
PFC was not discouraged since they won their previous two Cup games by coming from behind. Robin Grunder gave a rousing speech that inspired her teammates to keep the pressure on. In the second half PFC tied the game when Agnes Hitimana directed a free kick into the box that bounced off of Inter’s goalie finding Pearl Odu, who struck the ball into the net with aplomb.
The game went into overtime where both teams had multiple opportunities including PFC’s Aude Wara and Eisenberg coming very close to scoring. The second overtime period finished with the teams tied 4 – 4. Leaving the game to be decided in penalty kicks.
Agnes Hitimana took over the goal keeping duties for PFC in the penalty kick round. Inter took the first PK and scored. Jane Kenney netted PFC’s first kick. Hitimana shut down Inter’s second kick. Liz Eles knocked in PFC’s second kick. Hitimana, again came up huge for PFC, made a second stop on Inter’s third kick sending it over the top of the goal. Lucille Charles scored PFC’s third kick. After 3 PKs each, PFC led 3 to 1. Inter scored on their fourth kick. Hitimana came out of goal for PFC, taking the fourth kick to seal the win with a blast into the back of the net.
This is PFC’s first championship in many years. It was well earned with wins against the number one team, Luke’s, Phoenix in overtime, and a highly spirited Inter squad who played great.
Co-Game MVPs for PFC: Agnes Hitimana and Pearl Odu.
The tables had turned on this second meeting of Harps and Inter as Harps struggled to field a full team at kick-off. Inter came out strong with precision passing and lightening speed. A run by Inter down the offensive right flank ended in a cross and a tap home for their first goal. The second goal was a lob over the Harps’ defensive line, and the blistering speed of an Inter striker was too much for Harps’ sweeper Teresa Brink as she tapped a second goal past keeper Marissa Bea.
The second half proved a better defensive effort by Harps. Inter continued their skilled passing and rocket shots, but Bea made several incredible games to deny Inter further damage. Despite their best efforts to fight back, Harps failed to put any pressure on the Inter goal and struggled to maintain possession. It was late in the second half when Inter was rewarded once again for their persistent efforts when a clumsy scramble and miscommunication by the defense ended in a sloppy third goal.
Inter was convincingly the better team on the day and deserve to go through to the Final match versus Parlour FC.
Best for Harps: Marissa Bea.
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.
Inter got on the board early in the first half in what turned into a high scoring game. Once Phoenix settled down they put a few nice passes together and Sue Kern capitalized on scramble in the box to tie the game at 1-1. Leenie McEvily added another for Phoenix before Inter came back and quickly scored two goals of their own. Another goal from McEvily before half-time tied the two teams up in what was a very competitive 40 minutes. Inter came out strong in the second half and quickly scored the next couple of goals to go ahead 5-3 before Phoenix regrouped. Inter sealed the victory with a final goal late in the half for a 6-3 win. Phoenix gave it their best with great offensive play from Leenie McEvily, heroic efforts from defenders April Colucci and Dervil Carey with support from midfielder Sharon West but Inter turned out to be the stronger team.
BAH and Inter played an evenly matched game. Some speedy footwork and nice passing by Inter led to a beautiful shot that was out of reach of BAH goalie Jeannie Heinsohn. BAH continued battling with their passing game and playing into space. Jeanine Rynne collected a pass at the top of the penalty box and scored for BAH. The back and forth game continued into the second half. BAH struck first and took a 2-1 lead after Kat Murphy calmly took a penalty shot. Inter fought back and scored another beautiful goal to even the score with about three minutes to go. BAH pushed forward and earned a corner. Irene Morales took the corner and scored to give BAH the 3-2 win. BAH played well together in every position and defender Elyse Hanley did well to contain the fast forwards of Inter. Goals for Inter by Elisabetta Casarella and Jessica Paganelli.
Inter were penalized a goal and narrowly escaped a forfeit when a game delay was extended waiting for their minimum seven players to arrive. Harps were at full strength, and maybe a bit too casual in their passing while Inter challenged every ball, showing no signs of their disadvantage. Harps finally started gaining control when a pass from Vanessa Greene found Sandra Carolan who fed Aoife West for a tap past the goalkeeper. Inter continued to play as if they had a full squad, when in fact they only had eight players. Inter was finally rewarded when their striker Daniela Maddaloni cut left then right before rocketing a shot past Harps’ sweeper Teresa Brink and out of reach of keeper Marissa Bea to level the score going into the break.
In the second half, Inter’s lightening speed up front challenged Harps’ defense and created several near chances for Inter. Still with a three player advantage, Harps were finally able to capitalize as a break came with a cross from West that met the foot of Carolan who slammed home their second goal putting Harps ahead again. Inter had more chances as the speedy Maddaloni made a few breaks, only to be stranded with no support. Harps stole the top spot in the table from Inter with the 2-1 win. A brave and admirable effort by Inter.
Best for Harps: Aoife West, Sandra Carolan
It was a slow start for PFC with only 10 players at the beginning of the game. Inter led 2 – 0, but a handball in the penalty box awarded PFC a penalty kick which was put away by Agnes Hitimana. Inter scored again leaving the score at halftime 3-1.
During the halftime PFC was by inspired by a rousing speech from Captain Andrea Gonzalez and started out quickly in the second half. A long service from Gonzalez into the box which headed into the back of the net by Hitimana, leaving the score at 3-2.
Inter scored again bringing the score to 4-2.
A PFC corner kick by Hitimana, found newcomer Andrea Gallegos’ head awarding Gallegos her first BISL goal. After a hard fought game Inter scored again leaving the final score at 5-3.
Best for PFC Agnes Hitimana.
Inter goal scorers: Elisabetta Casarella (2), Chelsea DeSalvatore (1) and Jessica Paganelli (2)
Inter beat McKeon’s with a decisive score of 6-2. Inter’s goals came from Elisabetta Cassarella-3, Cristia Salinas-2, and Leslie Piedra-1. McKeon’s goals both came from Maeve Redmond giving her the spot of top goal scorer with a total of four on the season after three games.
Inter played a solid game against Luke’s today which ended in an even score of 0-0. Inter played well in the face of their two player disadvantage. Inter’s Elisabetta Casarella had a great offensive game taking several shots on goal while Karina Vasquez had a great performance on the other end of the field in goals. Luke’s is adjusting well to an expanded roster with many new players. Megan Catalogna played a strong game in goal and the offense and defense played two cohesive halves. Luke’s enjoyed the competition of playing against Inter for the first time…a great new edition to the BISL!
Inter defeated the Tigers in a hard-fought game on Saturday, April 14. Despite a numeric advantage at the beginning of the first half, Inter struggled to connect passes in the final third, thanks to tough defense by Alex Griggs, Brandy Peltz, Alyssa Meyers, Sidney Small, and Alexis Hill. With some clutch play by Tigers keeper Amy Gufert, the Tigers kept Inter from scoring until early in the second half. After Inter’s first goal, the Tigers rallied on offense, with spirited play by Sethera Laurency, Claire Booher, Nisha Varia, Cristina Stoll, Van Hong, and Kristina Tameta. The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 with a 25-yard free kick by Alyssa Meyers, and held Inter’s potent attack scoreless until deep into the second half. With the game drawing to a close, Inter scored two close-range shots in quick succession to win the game 3-1.