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New Hyde Park Wildcats TOP Soccer 

Seniors 7, Coaches 1. The New Hyde Park Wildcats TOP Seniors were all fired up to play against the coaches and challenged them to a match.  Coach Matt Bursig was able to score the lone goal, but Seniors  Stefanie Egre (2), Joe Caban (1), Matthew Saraiva (2) and Sebastian Gonzalez (1) all sent the ball flying into the goal and the coaches’ keeper just couldn’t handle all their shots.  The players controlled the ball, displaying dribbling and passing skills, but were stymied.  Strikers Samantha Duggan and Andrea Matteo and midfielder Frank LaPinta worked together to add the seventh goal. David Glass controlled the game as midfielder and player-coach.  Debbie Chin, Tristan Yang and Mary Glass were tight on defense.  A special Happy 16th birthday greeting goes out to Mary. It was another Seniors victory and a great birthday celebration!

Intermediates 4, Coaches 2. Not to be outdone, the Intermediates challenged their coaches to a game, but they had to do some practice skill work before the coaches accepted the challenge.  The game started out very even, with Coach Sabrina Rodgers scoring the first goal.  The game went back and forth with both teams playing excellent defense, but the Intermediates’ game plan finally kicked in. With the coaches tiring, Chris Menendez, with an assist from Chris Cooney, finally tied the game.  But it was like a dam breaking, as midfielders Daniel Menendez and Kyle Hanratty took the ball away from the coaches on numerous occasions and Chris Cooney added the second goal.  This was followed with goals from Sophocles Gianakis and Josh Hom. Stephen DiBiasi was strong as a midfielder and defender and had several breakaways.  Nick Krieger and Anthony Chung were strong in the defensive backfield.  Newcomer Lucas Lee was recruited by the coaches during the last 10 minutes for fresh legs and he made the final goal, ending the game 4-2.  

New Hyde Park Wildcats Intramural BU6

BOBCATS (Coach Chris Bernic) – The fourth game of the season was an offensive showdown with the Panthers and Bobcats totaling 12 goals. Unfortunately, the Bobcats came out on the losing end by a score of 7-5, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort. Kaleb Dyasi made run after run and challenged the defense on his way to scoring three goals, his second hat trick of the season. Aidan Bernic had a strong second half, tallying two goals for the team. The Bobcats also got a major lift in the midfield from Neel Khurana, who was a force to be reckoned as he worked well with Albert Kuo, who continues to show impressive speed and a crafty touch. The defense held firm in the second half with hard-nosed play from Jason Thevarajah and Caleb Yu. They were backed up by great goal keeping from Thomas Honovic and Clayton Wong, both of whom volunteered to join the Bobcats for the day because of a shortened roster. Thanks guys!  Regardless of the outcome, the Bobcats put forth a wonderful effort and are starting to work together as a team.  Spirits were high at game’s end and everyone is excited about the challenge next week.  

PANTHERS (Coaches Rob Honovic and Boris Ribaric) – The Panthers worked hard and came away with their second win of the season, defeating the Bobcats by the score of 7-5.  Jackson Bigeni paced the Panthers by scoring four goals, while Devan Shah tallied two and Matthew Ribaric chipped in with another goal.  Matthew also played solid as goalie, joining Alexander Cheung and Jackson Bigeni in making several key stops. Liam Dempsey and Sherwin Fernandes continued their strong defense and Lukas Rinaldi and Aidan McNeely also played hard, showing hustle throughout the game. Clayton Wong and Thomas Honovic displayed leadership and true sportsmanship by helping the shorthanded Bobcats with solid play. The Panthers continue to show improvement every week and now have a record of 2-2.  

FIGHTING TIGERS (Coach Kurt Anschlowar) – The Fighting Tigers played very strong on Saturday and ended up with a win, improving to 3-1 for the season. Aidan Cruz, Lorenzo Rios and Shreyan Biswas played great, taking turns in goal, while Brandon Leong and Thomas Anschlowar put up a stifling defense.  William Handley, Karan Arora, and Vincent Leva all had nice runs up field, with Handley leading all goal-scorers.  Brandon Sequeira continues to show great play-making ability.  Improvements in positioning and kicking set pieces continued with this game, and most importantly, the teamwork continues to grow stronger with great passing to set up goals.

COUGARS (Coaches Scott Liewehr and David Viegas) – The Cougars played their best game of the season Saturday, but came up short, falling to the Jaguars, 4-2. The team worked extremely well together with some amazing passing by Alex Stoyer and Ewan Zehnter from midfield. The opposing goal keepers had to work overtime given the pressure of great offensive playing by the entire team, but especially by Chris Rogers (2) and Simon Thomas. As usual, the defense was stout with tremendous play from Nico Liewehr and Lucas Viegas and Leo Tching and Dantez Diaz each made numerous stops as first-time goalies. The Cougars are 1-3 on the season, but they are gelling as a team, playing excellent soccer and having some great fun!

JAGUARS (Coaches Sandra Griffin and Kieran Griffin) – In a very fun game, the Jaguars scored an exciting 4-2 win over the Cougars. Amidst a lot of back and forth play, Lucas and Caleb Maingon anchored the goal for the Jags. Harry Acosta and Lucas Ma played well defensively. Offensively, Eamon Griffin, Dale DelloIacano, and Zain Begwala scored goals, while Alex Fulgieri, Nicholas Peters and Joseph McGovern also played well.

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