May 22, 2012
It's not just Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls that are on a hot streak. The NPSL version, the Red Bulls Academy Under-23s, won back-to-back games over the weekend to open the league season at 2-0.
On Saturday, they opened the season with a 3-0 win over the Seacoast United Phantoms. Christian Battistesa scored the first-half goal, unassisted, in the 18th minute, and John Gurel had a part in both second-half goals, netting a goal in the 63rd minute on an assist from Victor Manosalvas and then helping on Keith Francisco’s score in the 88th minute.
The RBA U23s followed that up with a 2-0 win over the Seacoast United Mariners on Sunday.
The first goal was a connection between Gurel and Manosalvas, as Gurel served the ball from left wing and about 30 yards out into the box, where the unmarked Manosalvas chipped it home from near the penalty spot in the 11th minute.
Gurel has a goal and two assists in two matches, as he followed a goal and an assist on Saturday with Sunday’s assist. Manosalvas, who scored the first goal Sunday with an assist from Gurel, had recorded an assist on Gurel’s Saturday goal.
Mass United earned its first National Premier Soccer League win of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 decision over former USL-PRO side FC New York at Lynn's Manning Field.
United took the lead in the 43rd minute, when forward Deni DaSilva took the ball just past midfield and charged forward, taking the FCNY defense by surprise and blowing by them on the way to goal. He rounded FCNY goalkeeper Hector Guerrero and put a well placed shot into the net.
United seemed to take firm control of the game in the 60th minute when a beautiful feed from midfielder Admilson Miranda left Marcus Pizzetti one-on-one with a defender on the right side. Pizzetti pushed the ball back inside just enough to let fly a curling shot with his left foot that ringed off the post and in.
Almost as soon as United doubled their lead, FCNY struck back to halve the deficit once again. The goal came off a corner kick that somehow ended with goal-scorer Tyler Bothe and three other FCNY players alone in front of the net.
A stoppage time penalty kick by Andres Bueno gave the Santa Clarita Storm a 2-1 win over Real San Jose Saturday night.
The Storm went up 1-0 in the 42nd minute when defender Gregory Quintero received a pass from Alex Harlley and threaded the ball through traffic.
It only took only minute into the second half for San Jose to come back with a goal of their own, when midfielder Bronil Koochoie got a pass from Omar Valdez and evened the score with a shot that got past Storm Keeper Steven Rodriguez.
Anthony Santanga scored the only goal giving the Madison 86ers a 1-0 win over the Quad City Eagles on Saturday….Detroit City FC goalkeeper Jeremy Clark posted back to back shutouts over the weekend as the team beat Binghamton City 4-0 on Saturday and then tied them 0-0 on Sunday…Detroit FC center back Adam Bedell had a goal and an assist and quarterbacked his defense to a 4-0 shutout win over Greater Binghamton FC on Saturday …Defender Nikos Papanikolopoulos anchored a Georgia Revolution defense that all but shut down Jacksonville United, holding the reigning national champions two only two scoring chances on the way to a 2-1 Georgia win…Cody Antonin scored the game winner giving Sonic FC a 2-0 win over Junior Lone Stars on Friday. Antonin headed in a Ryan Jones cross for his first goal of the season.
NPSL Player of the Week
Galveston Pirates forward Taylor Lubianski has been selected as the NPSL Player of the Week for the Week ending May 20.
Lubianski scored from 30 yards to start the Pirates on their way to a 3-1 win in Saturday’s South Texas Clasico against Regals SCA. Lubianski has two goals and two assists in two games, and was named team captain before Saturday’s match.