Lakeside FC 2 - BSC Raiders 1

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Lakeside FC 2 - BSC Raiders 1

Post  Guest on Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:18 am

Before the game, one of our players mentioned that they loved this rivalry.  It got me thinking, and after checking the record books, we have played BSC Raiders by far more than any other team in our history, although, until this year, it has not been much of a rivalry results wise.  We won our very first meeting against the storied squad in the 2009 Tehel Cup Semifinals, where Lakeside legend Steve Ruotsi finished our sixth penalty kick to give us a berth in our first Tehel Cup finals.  Apparently BSC did not forget that day, because from 2010-2012, BSC went 7-0 against us (giving us one pity forfeit along the way) with a goal differential of 21-8 in BSC's favor.  This year we were finally able to find our way against them, with a 2-0 league win followed by last nights 2-1 Tehel Cup win.  Including 2 BSC forfeits, this brings our all time record against BSC to 5-7-0.  We look forward to trying to even that record in the future.

It was a pristine night at Lewport High School last evening for the game, and Lakeside was pumped for it's first endeavor under the lights.  The game started off extremely fast, with players flying in every direction for both teams.  It was not two minutes into the game when Pete Marlette picked up on a fortuitous bounce and Thomas Vanek tipped the ball past the goalie for a 1-0 Lakeside lead.  Classic goal scorers goal.  The game continued at a torrid pace, with both teams having phenomenal possession and brilliant ball movement.  20 minutes in, lightning struck again on a furious Lakeside fast break.  The ball was crossed from the right side to Steve English, who calmly struck a bouncing ball at the keeper who couldn't handle it.  Hector Rodriguez was there to bury the rebound, giving Lakeside a 2-0 lead.  Lakeside continued to push, and both teams saw ball control and chances until the end of the first half.

The second half began at a slower pace, the tempo of the first half had taken a slight toll on both teams.  This time it was BSC in control, with Lakeside happy to defend and counter.  After a couple missed opportunities both ways, BSC was finally able to break through after a scramble in the box was finished nicely by one of their strikers.  Now, with 20 minutes left, it was time to pack it in.  Lakeside was able to hold off a storming BSC several times, including a chest off the goal line from James Randaccio.  Lakeside keeper Adam Durst had a monster game, routinely making massive punch clearances and saves.  Finally, the final whistle blew, and Lakeside will be moving on to its third Tehel Cup final in the last five years.

It was a feisty game, with tons of chirping from both sides, but BSC has a tremendous core of class players who not only are excellent at soccer, but also excellent sports.  We look forward to meeting them for a third (would be fourth) time this year again in the Premier playoffs...

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