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BCS XI: 2 Independiente FC: 2

Once again BCS XI opens our string of games against Independiente. With the BKFC game rescheduled for Nov. XI looked to start the season strong, and managed to do so with a hard fought draw away from home.

Despite the strong finish the game got off to a very rocky start just seconds into the match. The ball was kicked off and after a couple of passes we gave the ball away, it popped out to their diminutive striker who speedily flew down the wing before cutting inside past our defense and blasted an incredible strike across goal into the top corner.

Needless to say we were dazed, annoyed and hungry to get one back. We still couldn't get our heads in the game enough to stop another goal about 12 minutes later. The ball came down the wing again, but this time they managed to get the cross off straight to the head of an enormous striker who redirected the ball to the far post and past our keeper. It was well executed and if Nathan could only have grown another 6 inches he might have gotten the header before their giant of a player.

Finally we got organized and began to control the game for stretches, they were good with possession but we managed to make some good runs and have some decent link up play which lead to a goal before half time. After multiple shots Mark finally slipped one past their keeper, though not unchallenged. Every single shot we had on frame the spectacular keeper got something on it, but this time the shot was too much and getting a hand to it still wasn't enough.

Joe had some shots from distance, Doosup had a brilliant header that should have gone into the top corner, but the keeper made a save of the season flying across and barely getting a single hand to knock the ball out for a corner. Our second goal finally came with some persistent effort and Mark netted a brace in his debut. We felt good about coming back from two-nil down, but were slightly disappointed to not have picked up all three points after a barrage of decent shots and the majority of the pressure on their goal. Though obviously they took their chances well, and Sam made a few good saves as did Richard off the line with his head.

Brad was unavailable for the game, but 2 of our 3 new players put forth a solid performance to help us start this half of the season unbeaten. Well done you XI, let's keep it up and get all 3 points from our next game to keep things going in a positive direction!


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