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Liga de Yonkers Games were moved to Tibbetts this week to make room for the EDSL Champions Cup to be played at Pelton, but the chance in venue didn’t slow down a tough Real Cotija team who defeated Puma 6-0 and remains at the top of the leaders board with 13 points. San Lorenzo moved into the second position defeating Monarcas 7-1. They are actually tied in points with Real Sociedad with 10 points but gets the edge in the tie breaker. The rest of the standings are very close where a 3 point win could change the standings affecting 6 teams. Juventud tied El Carmen 1-1 in a tough played game while Atlas easily defeated Metapan 4-1. Metapan is low man on the standings chart but has played much better soccer and could upset the standings next week.
Three of the four teams that Liga de Yonkers sent to the Champions Cup advanced to next weeks quarter finals and semi-finals. Honduras defeated a tough Mt. Kisco Azteca team 2-0. Real Sociedad won by forfeit aganst Germania and Morazán defeated a real strong Czechoslovakia team. Sport Peru was the lone loser from Liga de Yonkers but didn’t go down easily. After coming back from 2 goals down they tied the score and forced the game into “penalty kicks”. They thought they had the game won in OT Penality Kicks but couldn’t score the last shot and ended up losing.
The EDSL Champion Cup has been excellent soccer and really making a name for the tournament. A number of the EDSL Board members were on hand to check out the action and help Peter Pinori monitor play. Any complaints are handled immediately at the field by the board, but none were had the opening week. All the teams are exceptional soccer players and proving why they are Champions in their respective divisions. The games have been fast and exciting and the officials are doing a great job keeping things in order. Next week will be another test for the teams who if they win in the morning have to play a second game in the afternoon. This year Liga de Yonkers hopes to bring the cup to Yonkers but the competition is high caliber.
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.
In a battle for league supremecy in the Liga de Yonkers, Real Cotjia defeated Morazan convincingly by the score of 4-0. Real Cotjia now stands atop the league table with 10 points and an impressive goal differential of 15 after just 4 games played! Having suffered their first defeat, Morazan now occupy the second spot with 7 points. Was this a preview of the league championship? That remains to be seen, but Morazan will certainly be hoping to get another chance at Real Cotjia in September.
In another top half of the the table battle Real Sociedad handed Pumas their first loss of the season by defeating them narrowly 1-0. Pumas hold the 3rd spot despite the loss, and Real Sociedad rise to the 4th position. Both teams currently have 7 points, however Real Sociedad have a game in hand having only played 3 games through 4 weeks.
Around the league
Metepan get their first win by defeating San Lorenzo 3-1 and climb out of the cellar…Sport Peru remains winless with a 1-1 draw against Honduras…Westchester CF gain a close victory over El Carmen by a score of 2-1. Atlas and CD Juventud play to a 2-2 draw.
Next Week’s Highlighted Matchups
League leader Real Cotjia takes on 4th place Real Sociedad…Morazan looks to get back to their winning ways against San Lorenzo…Pumas look to remain in the top 3 with as they take on Metapan
Congratulations to Lori Brengelman and Hugo Cueva for their outstanding committment to the sport we all love! The Eastern New York State Soccer Association thanks both Lori and Hugo for their dedication recognizes their 25 year commitment with a most grand award. On behalf of all of the players, coaches, and fans The Eastern District Soccer League Board of Directors thanks you for your continued commitment to our league and the sport of soccer as a whole. We are very proud of you both!
Czechoslovakia advances to the EDSL Steve Howanky Cup by winning in PK’s over a very strong African Youth Academy. The African team moved ahead 1-0 and kept this score until the end of the first half. Czecholsovakia had 3 chances to even the score but could not find the equalizer.
The Czechs continued to pressure forward and eventually were able to tie the game in the second half capitalizing on a rebound from a free kick outside the PK area. AYA fought back and recaptured the lead at 2-1 and was winning rught up until 5 minutes to full time when the Czechs again tied the game! At the end of regulation the score was 2-2. This well-played game was, however, going to be decided by penalty kicks. The Czechs converted on all 5 kicks while the African team missed one of their attempts and Czechoslovakia is now moving on to the Final to face San Onofre.
Excellent Officiating done by the referee crew
The Czech will play the final next week vs San Onofre who had beat the Westchester CF last week on the other semifinal. The game will be at Tibbets park #3 at 10am 6/8/14. Good luck to both teams!