Sunday, September 20th - 9am at The Orlin & Cohen Sports Complex
USYS North Atlantic Conference Premier I
The match up in the USYS North Atlantic Conference Premier I Division featured Long Island Premier FC Boys '07 traveling to SUSA’s brand new The Orlin & Cohen Sports Complex to take on SUSA B07 EDP NL. SUSA came into the game after a week 1 win over Valencia CF Academy NY, while Long Island Premier FC was playing its first match of the conference season. Long Island Premier FC also got its first taste of action in the Premier I Division after being promoted following a 2nd-place finish last fall that saw them go 5-1-1.
In a high-paced match right from the start, Long Island Premier came out quicker of the two teams, creating many of the early chances and scoring early. After the goal, SUSA was able to find their rhythm and settle into the game. SUSA was able to equalize midway though the first half. Through the first half, each side had its share of possession, with Long Island Premier creating the better chances throughout the half with its quick attacks, and SUSA trying a more methodical approach going forward but struggling to break down the Long Island Premier backline.
The second half saw SUSA with the better of the chances early on, and it was able to take the 2-1 lead mid way through the half. Long Island Premier began to apply pressure in an effort to find an equalizer, and was able to find the goal in the 63rd minute. Each team looked to find a game winner in the last moments of the game, but were not able to find the back of the net.
Here were some key plays from the match:
In the early stages, SUSA keeper Jace D’Jon came up big with a couple of big saves.
In the 6th minute, Long Island Premier got the scoring started when Josue Granados received a through ball from Sneyder Rios and Josue finished with a low shot.
In the 16th minute SUSA was awarded a free kick from midfield, service was defended wide and gathered by SUSA's David Levin who drove into the flank space and outpaced the defender into the box and finished off the far post.
In the 50th minute, SUSA broke the deadlock with a perimeter strike by Alex Mateo in the #8 position. This was Alex's first league goal as a SUSA player.
In the 63rd minute, Long Island Premier began pushing numbers forward and applied plenty of pressure and found an equalizing opportunity in the off a free kick by Johann Enrique who found Jason Guardado on top of the 6 who finished with a good header.
After 70 minutes of play, the game finished in a 2-2 tie. Here is what the coaches had to say after the game:
"It was an exciting match from beginning to end. Considering where we are as a society at this time, I am grateful these players are getting the opportunity to take the field and compete."
— Dan Kravitsky, SUSA Head Coach
“I am very happy to see our boys playing again. After what we have been through the last 6 months, being on the field starting the season is an amazing feeling. It makes me very happy to see all these boys back on the field. The game made it even better as it was a great game from both sides. We are looking forward to this season and we will continue working hard.”
— Elvin Vasquez, Long Island Premier Director