By Breann McKeon/New York Shockers
When the New York Shockers faced Boston City FC for the first time earlier this regular season, they accepted the 3-0 loss. But with more experience under their belts and new additions to the roster, the Shockers avenged this loss with a 4-0 victory over Boston on Saturday night.
Boston City FC held strong possession throughout the first ten minutes of the matchup, but the Shockers began to fight back and both teams began exchanging high and wide shots on goal. However, the Shockers began to find some luck around the middle of the first half.
Defender Adel Cekic took a corner kick in the 29th minute which soared over the cluster of players, and forward Adetayo Adefioye successfully headed the ball into the net. Cekic played an integral role in the Shockers offense as he sent many long balls over the Boston City FC defense to set up his teammates with scoring opportunities.
“The last time we played them we knew the result came from not taking chances, so taking our first chance and getting that 1-0 lead really set it up for us,” Shockers head coach Matt Esposito said.
The first half ended with the Shockers up 1-0.
The New York Shockers announced early on Saturday that James Beeston would be joining the squad on midfield for the remainder of the season, and within minutes of stepping onto the pitch for the first time. He proved his worth on the roster.
The Boston City FC goalkeeper deflected a save to one of his defenders in the 58th minute, who then cleared the ball to the right wing where Adefioye was left unmarked. Adefioye then slid a perfect pass to meet Beeston’s oncoming run in the center, and Beeston scored off a one touch.
The England native played for the Siena College men’s soccer program and continued on to coach at Saint Rose and Spring Hill College upon graduation. Beeston is the co-founder of Beestra Soccer Training, an organization that specializes in youth soccer training.
“It’s a fantastic atmosphere,” Beeston said. “I was out here coaching this morning so some of my players came to watch the game. Regardless of the rain, they managed to brave it out and it was really pleasing to see so thank you to those who came out.”
The Beeston goal propelled the Shocker offense to find the back of the net twice more before the final whistle.
In the 78th minute, Adefioye made a 30-yard run up the left wing and crossed the ball to find forward Kevin Winglosky who tapped the pass to the lower right 90.
To seal the 4-0 victory, Adefioye fought off a defender to score a late goal in the 86th minute. Adefioye currently sits at the fourth spot for most goals scored in the East Region.
The Shockers will remain home at Afrim’s Sports Park for their last matchup of the regular season against Kingston Stockade FC. This match will take place on July 10 at 8:00 pm.
Photo Credit: Amber Yarter/New York Shockers