PREVIEW: ONISIFOROU IS CONFIDENT THAT THE EAGLES WILL ‘BOUNCE BACK’
Clarkstown Eagles will look to recover from their loss to Buxmont Torch in a road game against Electric City Shock on Friday at 7:00 p.m at Scranton University .
Although the Eagles outshot Buxmont 14-4, they lost to them 2-1 on Saturday. Clarkstown center back and former Cyprus pro player, Panayiotis Onisiforou, emphasized how important it is for his side to get a win against Shock to cover up Saturday’s loss.
“We have to get on the right track against Electric City in order to kick on the season and have a strong run,” Onisiforou said.
Prior to that he said: “It’s always good to bounce back with a positive result after a defeat, we remain calm in our camp, we know what we need to do.”
“The defeat to Torch was not a deserved one regarding the soccer that was played. We should’ve been up by four, five goals by the 20th minute mark but we failed to convert our chances. Credit to Torch, they kept playing and didn’t give up. They found half a chance and a mistake from us to take the three points.”
Despite missing four close goal scoring opportunities, the Eagles were the best scoring team in the Northeast Region before the game against Buxmont as they netted 3.33 goals per game,
Onisiforou is assured that Clarkstown will regain its scoring prowess.
“It’s only a matter of time before we get back to our top form,” he said. “I have all the faith in the boys and their abilities. We are human so we have our off days. What’s important is we need to keep playing the way we are but just finish the chances we get.”
“If we keep playing the way we are, create the amount of chances we’ve been getting and work hard the team will get back on track.”
Onisiforou alongside his defenders have the second best defense in the Keystone Conference, conceding 1.25 goals per game.
“As far as the stats go, we are a team, we defend as a team and score as a team,” the 31-year-old said. “We all contribute to the game where it might be an assist for a right back or a center back scoring from a corner. Stats don’t really concern me, they are more of a distraction.”
Clarkstown sits in fifth place with a 2-2-0 record. Electric City sits one spot above them in fourth with a 2-1-1 record. Shock’s only loss was a 4-0 deficit to first placed West Chester United Soccer Club.
THREE KEY STATS
- Clarkstown Eagles defeated Electric City Shock five times in their last six matches.
- Shock’s only loss so far this season was against first placed West Chester United Soccer Club. They drew to second placed New Jersey Copa FC 1-1, whom the Eagles lost to 1-0.
- The Eagles haven’t lost two straight NPSL games since July 5th, 2014.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Clarkstown Eagles: Midfielder Kodai Iida– Iida was the Eagles’ Man of the Match in their last game against Torch, netting one goal.
Electric City Shock: Jarrod Smalley– Smalley leads the team in scoring with two goals in four games. He scored the opener against second placed New Jersey Copa in a game that ended 1-1.
POSITION AND RECORD
Clarkstown Eagles: 5th, (2-2-0)
Electric City: 4th, (2-1-1)