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CASA Soccer League match reports, matchday two

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The CASA Soccer League is the Delaware Valley’s largest amateur soccer league.

It’s also largely responsible for the founding of this publication. Seven of the eight original PSP contributors played in the league, and three of those — including Mike Servedio, Dan Walsh, and Adam Cann — served on CASA’s board of directors.

Ten thousand posts later… here we are.

As part of our coverage of local soccer, beginning this week we’ll be featuring short match reports from games played in CASA’s top three divisions. This week’s reports cover the games played last weekend, the second matchday of CASA’s recently begun fall season.

Thanks to CASA’s president, Nolan Bair, for compiling the match reports, and to PSP’s Paul Catrino, Jr. for coordinating.

Primera Division (standings)

1. FC Tigre beat FC SouthHouse 4-2 over the weekend, storming back from 0-2 down at half. “A great effort from all levels” said Tigre captain Connor Widerman. Tigre’s #5 Chris Altieri scored two goals, including a late free kick to put the game out of reach, along with an assist in a Man of the Match performance. “We were beaten by a team that wanted it more on the day” said SouthHouse skipper John Trueman. “Credit to Tigre for showing grit.”

  • FCSH: Goals – D. Sommer, M. Leibensperger
  • FCT: Goals – J. Krut, C. Altieri (2), D. Patton

2. Philadelphia Corinthians FC cruised to their first win of the season, beating Philadelphia Heritage SC 6-1 in a battle of promotion rivals. Mike Newell scored a great goal on the half-volley, and Calder Street had a hat-trick and was Man of the Match. “The boys played well and had the game put away by halftime” said Corinthian’s captain Sam Vale. Heritage captain Ryan Pereus was disappointed with the result, but focused on the future. “If you’re going to be in the big leagues, you gotta confront the problems, not run from them.”

  • PCFC: Goals – C. Street (3), M. Newell, J. Irwin, A. Bishop
  • PHSC: Goals – A. Zarr Yellow Card – R. Pereus

3. South Philly United were winners of one of the early shock results of the season, beating Stoney United 9-1. South Philly’s #26 Dave Cassanelli opened the scoring with a fine headed goal, while #22 Joe Barile scored 3 goals and was Man of the Match. He has “next level speed,” said South Philly captain Patrick Tobey. Stoney United captain Evan Carabelli was blunt in his post-match comments following the defeat. “We got worked. Need to maintain our shape better and put together that last pass in the final third.”

  • SPU: Goals – F. Zegarra, P. Tobey (2), D. Cassanelli, J. Barile (3), P. McCullaugh (2)
  • SU: Goals – Morris
Segunda Division (standings)

1. Loose Cannons FC won 4-2 against FC Bobert Munich over the weekend, a MOTM Joe Clementi hat-trick proving to be the difference. Loose Cannons lived up to their name – the referee’s postgame report read ‘players were very physical, both teams kept us busy’, while Bobert Munich captain Chris Galvin was disappointed by the result afterwards, which he attributed to some sloppy errors in the back. Ramadan Bayyan was Bobert’s standout player, scoring twice and bringing his goal tally to 3 on the season.

  • LCFC: Goals – N. Alexander. J. Clementi (3)
  • FCBM: Goals – R. Bayyan (2)

2. Drexel Shaft cruised to a 2-0 season start, beating Hunting Park United 5-1. “Solid performance from everyone” said Drexel captain Evan Gibbs. MOTM was Ridwan Oliwan who scored and earned a penalty, “an outside backs worst nightmare with pace and quick feet”. Hunting Park got on the board behind a goal from Chris Banks, but it wasn’t enough on the day.

  • DS: Goals – R. Oliwan, M. Loeken, E. Gibbs, M. Martine (2)
  • HPU: Goals – C. Banks Yellow Cards – B. Gorman, B. McKinney

3. Renob CF were winners against Bluestars FC, taking home a 4-2 victory. Renob foward Jeff Reinhart scored twice, and keeper Tyler Blair made some “huge” saves, according to captain Brandon Rodriguez, including one key save to preserve a 3-1 lead early in the second half. Anthony Khan and Mo Ceesay scored for Bluestars – “we started and finished well but they had the best of it for 60 of the 90” said Bluestars captain Aaron Bartels. Renob were shown 2 yellow cards for dissent throughout the fixture.

  • RCF: Goals – N. Drozd, C. Van Pelt, J. Reinhart (2) Yellow Card – M. Czajka, J. Reinhart
  • BFC: Goals – A. Kahn, M. Ceesay

4. Barenjager SC and Glenside Celtic Rovers played to an even 3-3 draw in a thrilling game that could have gone either way. Glenside went up 3-1 early, but Barenjager fought back. “I thought we had the better of the play second half after we made some tactical formation adjustments”, said Barenjager captain Ryan Prinz. Celtic Rovers captain Crippy Morris didn’t disagree, “To be fair to them they kept the press on us most of the second half.” The game opened up over the last twenty minutes, with both teams having chances to get a winner. In the end, a 3-3 draw seemed fair to both. Marcelo Ibarra scored a great goal for Glenside, dribbling from inside his own half before slotting home, while Precious Iloka of Barenjager scored a highlight reel goal and was MOTM.

  • BSC: Goals – C. Schaffer, P. Iloka (2)
  • GCR: Goals – C. Morris, Marcelo, W. McNally Yellow Card – W. McNally

5. SMK beat Philly Striker Team Jamaica 6-2 in a heated game that saw two red cards and five yellow cards. “We went up early and never looked back”, said SMK captain Matt Muench. Jesse Weick had a hat-trick for SMK, but was also sent off with a red card following a scrum that broke out in the second half around a disputed tackle in the midfield. Benjamin was shown the red from the Philly Striker Team camp, who had to play the first few minutes down players thanks to late arrivals.

  • SMK: Goals – C. McBride, J. Ruskey, K. Williams, J. Weick (3) Yellow Card – K. Owen, M. Lieg; Red – J. Weick
  • PSTJ: Goals – Wright, Harris Yellow Card – Wright, McNeeby; Red – Benjamin

6. Cracovia beat Rum Ham FC 3-1, with Alex Miller scoring twice to secure the victory. Cracovia were awarded three penalties on the day, scoring two of them, which put Rum Ham in a serious hole to climb out of. Rum Ham captain Riley McConnell didn’t mince words about it, saying that “Our boys put in a great effort but at the end of the day the better team lost, and we only have ourselves to blame.”

  • C: Goals – G. Ballaj, A. Miller (2) Yellow Card – A. Miller
  • RHFC: Goals – C. Seitz Yellow Card – S. Tabares, H. Anderson
Tercera Division (standings)

1.  Matchday 2 of the Tercera division started off with Rose Tree Gunners vs Lost FC. Both teams played a tough, physical battle with both receiving yellow cards throughout the game. Rose Tree Gunners dominated the match with five goals from Sy, Kwackye, Babin, and Haseltine, and Savino. Lost FC goalie was sent off after his second yellow for his second foul in the box. The fouls were not aggressive but both were clear scoring opportunities. Lost FC added two goals with a brace from D’Ella. With their win, Rose True Gunners stay in first place in the standings and Lost FC move to 6th.

2. Second match of the day was a thriller between Sporting Club Corinthians and Brothers of Gourd. Corinthians opened up the scoring within the first ten minutes with two goals from Rodrigo and Corsoe. SCC only had ten players for the day so that opened up a lot of room for Brothers of Gourd to start a comeback and they did! Four goals from O’Connor, Landers, and a brace from Auker to steal the win! In the final ten minutes, Corinthians pulled one back with a goal from Bal but there was not enough time to get the equalizer. Brothers of Gourd pull off the La Remontada and stay in second place while Corinthians move to eighth.

3. For our brunch match we go over to Proving Grounds turf with a game between Berber United and the runners-up in the Kicking Out Transphobia Tournament, Mark Walbergs Cousins. Berber United dominated the game with five goals on day from Chabane, Juba, Smail, and a brace from Hamid who also received MOTM. A frustrating day for MWC as they could not score or control the game at all. MWC look to get their first win next week against Oaklyn United FC as they’re currently at the bottom of the table. Berber United will face Rose Tree Gunners next week which should be a thrilling one to watch!

4. Our midday match was between Rowan Club Soccer and newly promoted team Oaklyn United FC. Rowan started off the game with most of the possession but Oaklyn handled the pressure well and began to control the tempo of the game. After some good passing by Oaklyn, winger Robert Bucher found himself close to the net to score but was tackled by the Rowan defender and earned a corner kick. Bucher took the corner himself and whipped it into a dangerous area, and at that moment Oaklyn went up 1-0 with an own goal by Rowan. Rowan did have two scoring chances but they were saved by Oaklyn keeper Mike Oxborrow. Oaklyn get their first win of the season and go fifth in the standings while Rowan suffer their second loss in as many games and go seventh.

5. Our last match of the day was an eight goal game between Rebels and Upper Darby FC. Rebels started the scoring off with a goal from Adjei but after that it was all Upper Darby FC. Goals from Agyapong who was also the MOTM, Weah, Bangura, and a brace from Kanu sealed their second win of the season and a third place standings. Rebels added two more goals from Asker and Drame, two guest players but they failed to win their second game and are now in ninth place. Rebels look to pull off the upset against Brothers of Gourd in their next match!

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