First game back from the Summer break, and BCS XI resumed league play in a similar way to how it ended the Spring, a draw that feels like a loss.
Missing about half of the squad, and playing with 3 brand new faces the outlook seemed bleak on the eve of Hurricane Irene. However, the new signings are strong, and despite a few lingering injuries the XI were able to be an imposing force on the field. There were definitely moments of brilliance, with passes pinging around the pitch, and some excellent possession. But the moments that weren't so good, ended up looking really bad.
Team captain Darren Johnson got the first goal with a nice long range effort that sailed over the keeper for a great goal. This got the team going and despite some slip ups here and there most of the possession and chances belonged to the visiting XI.
BCS XI went into the break 1-0 up and feeling pretty good. Early in the second half, Josh Gagnon swiveled at the top of the box to lob the ball over the keeper yet again, netting a 2nd goal for BCS XI, and Josh's second for the season. IBFC pulled back level through some sloppy defending and some rotten luck, but IBFC were rewarded for their efforts and direct play. Despite spurning his easiest chance of the match DJ snagged his second goal of the game with a similar shot as his first; this one a right footed blast from just outside the box with about 10 minutes remaining in the match. This also puts him into a three-way tie at the top of the Golden Boot race.
Inter Boston never gave up, and their persistent direct play got them a heart-breaking equalizer 3 minutes from full time. BCS pushed for the winner, but the thin squad and humid heat took its toll and both teams were forced to settle for a point, leaving the league table unchanged.
In two weeks, after the Labor Day holiday, BCS XI will be back at their Fall home ground of Conway Park in Somerville for a 9am kick off against their old foes Ballers FC, which will surely not be lacking in entertainment.