Cambridge Arsenal: 0 BCS XI: 2 [5 April 2014]

Great two-nil win yesterday in our BSSL season opener against local rivals Cambridge Arsenal. They're good guys and put up a good match out on a chilly, soggy day in Framingham.

The first 15 min were a bit frantic and the XI were under pressure and needed to get some possession. That finally came and things settled in. Club President Logan got one of the best sights at goal with a looping, lofted volley that the keeper tipped just over the bar. However, after a few more close calls the half ended 0-0, but with the XI clearly pushing forward and dominating the play for the last 10-15 min.

The second half began just as BCS pushed for the opening goal. It came with a beautiful ball chipped into the area by Dave Kodack finding the head of Paul Fomenky who deftly flicked it into the goal passed the keeper.

Shortly after the first goal, a ball out wide right saw Mike Howard getting forward beating the defender to the ball with an impressive turn of pace. He continued toward the end line and expertly crossed the ball to an on-rushing Fran Taylor who timed his run perfectly and knocked the ball into the back of the net. It was a beautiful move from start to finish.

The Eleven continued to look dangerous throughout the remainder of the match though Arsenal defended well. They are a strong side who will no doubt do well this year.

A special note should also be made for the new signings who all contributed well. Specifically Paul Arute, as center back, put in a Man Of The Match performance in his full debut. Dom Doenges, and Wallef Nogueira were solid in defense [As was Brian Pepe-Mooney who was also essentially making his debut after only playing 1 game last year before injury and scheduling took their toll].  In attack we saw Junior Bandeira get his first minutes, along with new goalkeeper Vasili Uspensky who plays surprisingly well in the striker role, holding the ball up well. Similar to Pepe's debut Brand Washington gave a meaningful contribution on the wing after a couple of cameo appearances in the Fall 2013 season. [BWash played well for the XI helping win the NESO tournament in August 2013]. Sadly Sam Peisch couldn't be at the game after being somewhat seriously injured in the preseason tune-up a week prior vs La Garra FC Mass. The XI wishes Sam a speedy recovery.

Next week BCS faces off against Union Brew House twice in the space of 5 days. Tuesday will be the playoff finals of the 7v7 league, and Saturday will be the home opener at 2pm over at Danehy Park in Cambridge.

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