BCS XI kept up their winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Independiente in this week's BSSL action. The match, played under the lights in Charlestown, marked the visitors' third consecutive triumph by three goals and moved them into fifth position in the table.
BCS got off to a dream start just a few minutes into the game. Receiving a ball from the defense, Joe turned well and, despite being off-balance, released Marco with a through-ball. The winger's speed took him beyond the defense and a cool finish beat the keeper to make the score 1-0. Independiente's confidence, however, did not appear shaken, and their talent and composure on the ball was evident throughout the match. They knocked the ball well around the back and through the midfield, but were unable to create much in the attacking third. BCS pressed and defended well, winning the ball back often but failing to maintain any serious possession.
Despite a lack of consistent possession, BCS was again on the score sheet before halftime, and again through Marco. This time, Andy Hoot launched a ball deep into the corner, with the Independiente keeper racing out to head clear. Unfortunately for him, he knocked the ball straight to Marco, who gleefully stroked home a left-footed finish to make the score 2-0.
In the second half, as Independiente tired, BCS had numerous counter-attack opportunities. The home teams' lone center-back found himself isolated time and time again, as Adam, Marco, and Stu consistently raced forward. After strong defending meant numerous half-chances went begging, Stu broke through on a 60-yard run before his finish from a tight angle glanced in off the keeper and into the net to finish the scoring.
New signing Janny, playing his first game for the club and putting in a strong performance, almost grabbed his first goal for the club as Steve Houdlette raced forward and delivered a perfect cross into the box. But, with the rain now falling, Janny couldn't quite connect with his half-volley, and the scoreline finished 3-0.
It's always nice to play a game against our classy cross-town rivals. This was a great result for BCS and should provide some much-needed momentum as they prepare for their 2nd-round cup match against 2nd-division Mass United (formerly Carico) on Saturday, May 21st.
A special mention is owed first to Matt Schiller, who played his last game for the club on Saturday. His speed, tenacity, experience, and positive attitude will be greatly missed, and we wish him the best as he pursues his education at Stanford starting in the fall. The club would also like to extend its best wishes to keeper Dave Doucette, who is currently recovering from an injury suffered late last week. Get well soon, Dave, and we'll look forward to seeing you back out on the field!