BCS XI: 0 Mass United FC: 1 [18 May 2013]

After a field and time change, the BCS XI and Mass Untied FC squared off at Dillboy Stadium in Somerville on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. United started the game on a furious pace. They are a very skilled team and could move the ball on the floor at will. The XI got their first taste of said ball movement as MUFC broke down the XI’s defense and a United player streaked down the left side and the XI got a lucky “no call” from the referee as the XI player clearly took him down in the box. After that moment it seemed as if the XI started to play their own game. Ball movement was crisp and there were some very good chances at net. Joe received a pass from Mike Howard and beat the defender and put the ball in the back of the net. However, a constant theme by the sideline official, he was late to call Joe offside and waited until the ball was in the back of the net to raise his flag. The half ended at 0-0. 

During the second half, one could sense the fatigue that was coming over the XI. Mass United came with at least 20 players strong as the XI only had three subs on the bench. United were able to find the back of the net half way through the second half as some great ball movement on the right side led to a quick counter and a nice cross to the back post where a United player was able to put the ball back stick and beat Kirk on a great bending shot. XI had some more chances of their own right after the goal by United. Dave Kodack was able to beat his man to the ball on a great cross from Paul and just missed the near post as it hit the side netting out of bounds from a header near the penalty spot. Another opportunity came with just five minutes remaining as Mike Howard was able to put a beautiful ball in off a set piece from the right side as Darren rose above all the defenders and put a strong header from the top of the six yard line, just over the crossbar. 

The XI played strong at all positions and moved the ball on the ground with ease at times. A strong showing for BCS XI as they continue to try to play quality soccer. Even though this was a tough loss, this was definitely the strongest showing of the season. A very even game with one moment of quality that MUFC managed where the XI couldn't on the day, putting the ball in the back of the net.

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