Czechs Take the Cup
The EDSL Steven Howansky League Cup final was played at Tibbetts Park #3 on Sunday June 8th.
Before the game, EDSL president Peter Pinori addressed the 2 finalists San Onofre (already winner of the EDSL Open playoff) and Czechoslovakia at center field. He was joined by Steven Howansky’s wife Mary, daughter Lena and son Mark who also said a few words about his dad and how proud his entire family is of having the EDSL open cup named after him.
Czechoslovakia were the more organized team in the first half and they jumped to a 3-0 lead through goals by Jakub Fedorcak, Jirka Novak and Ondrei Rujak. San Onofre came back strong in the second half with a goal by captain Manuel Gonzalez in the 50th minute. The speed and skill of San Onofre wore down the older Czechoslovakia team and they scored again with Arturo Baranjas to make it 3-2. San Onofre continued to press and control the game, but the Czech team caught them on the counter attack when Peter Trlica scored to make it 4-2. Manuel Gonzalez later scored his second of the game to make it 4-3 and it looked like San Onofre might complete its comeback, but the Czech team goalie Vladislav Budaj made 3 key saves down the stretch and the Czechs held on to claim the cup.
Czechoslovakia coach Peter Fatol said after post game “After we eliminated the Yonkers Ukrainians in the Quarter Finals, we promised them that we would win the trophy for their long- time supporter Steven Howansky."
Both teams showed great sportsmanship and should be congratulated for a game that was well played.