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Commonwealth Football Club Post Season College Round Up

Commonwealth Football Club College Post Season Round Up

 

Commonwealth Football Club takes pride in making a significant impact on its players when it comes to player development, as well as continuing to develop players’ passion for the game so they can have football (soccer) hold a special place in their heart as well as an appreciation of commitment and development, not only as a player, but as a member of society. This past fall over 15 former Commonwealth FC players laced up the boots in the post season for their respective college’s and universities, some of them wearing a jersey for the last time in their collegiate careers. Here are Commonwealth FC Alumni that reached the Post Season this past fall!

Men

Leandro “Geo” Alves (Junior) – University of Vermont (American East Semi Final)

Mike Auld (Senior) – Cedarville University (GMAC Semi-Final)

Matt Cicalis (Senior) – Wentworth Institute of Technology (CCC Semi Finals)

Ollie DaGraca (Sophomore) – Massasoit CC (NJCAA Region 21 Champions)

Samuel Fonseca (Junior) – Dean College (USCAA National Semi Finals)

Jhony Gonzalez (Junior) – Southern Connecticut State University (NE10 Semi Finals)

Joe Kalil (Senior) – Wentworth Institute of Technology (CCC Semi Finals)

Johance Liverpool (Junior) – Framingham State University (MASCAC First Round)

Declan McCabe (Senior) – Georgetown University (Big East Champions, NCAA First Round)

Lucas Rezende (Senior) – Merrimack College (NE10 Champions, NCAA First Round)

Women

Abigail Ford (Senior) – Curry College (CCC Quarter Finals)

Cassandra Grasso (Senior) – Curry College (CCC Quarter Finals)

Julianna Petrucelli (Senior) – Curry College (CCC Quarter Finals)

Arianna Viscione (Senior) – Curry College (CCC Quarter Finals)

Abby Smith (Senior) – Framingham State University (MASCAC First Round)

Haley McKay (Senior) – Framingham State University (MASCAC First Round)

Former Commonwealth FC and Revs Academy star Declan McCabe perseveres at Georgetown

 

Via New England Soccer Journal

 

Division 1 Men: Hoya Hero

Former Revs Academy star Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass.) perseveres at Georgetown

By Jonathan Sigal

AS BRYAN SCALES, the New England Revolution Academy director, sat down to reflect on Declan McCabe’s path, he opted for the big-picture look.

Here was a two-footed attacking player who went to The Rivers School, spent time down at U.S. Soccer’s nowdefunct residency program in Bradenton, Fla., and stood out as a Revs’ youth mainstay. He grew up in Weston, Mass., and spent much of his club career with MPS, which is now part of the Global Premier Soccer umbrella.

Now, McCabe stands tall as a senior at Georgetown, a top program nationally, and with a stellar final campaign for the Hoyas in the books. The cherry on top? “Dec,” as he’s known by family and friends, curled home the gamewinning free kick in the Big East tournament final against Xavier, giving the Hoyas a 2-1 win in mid-November.

“It’s an example of how the player development pathway is never linear,” Scales said in his office at Gillette Stadium. “There’s always ups and downs and challenges and injuries, you’re not starting and then you’re starting. The next thing you know, he’s scoring the winner to win the Big East tournament in overtime. Pretty cool.”

Scales’ comments, though, struck a more pressing chord when it comes to charting McCabe’s time in college soccer. Playing time — and the goals and assists, in turn — didn’t always flow so easily.

During McCabe’s freshman and sophomore years at Georgetown, he sat behind Alex Muyl, who now is a starting midfielder for the New York Red Bulls. That reality check was, in McCabe’s words, a “tough transition” because he was used to being a focal point instead of a name on the depth chart.

But as the months passed, meaningful games simply weren’t coming for McCabe, who appeared in just under half of the Hoyas’ 61 games across his first three seasons in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Part of that, however, was out of McCabe’s control, as he had surgeries on both hips — one after his sophomore season, the other following his junior campaign. Those caused him to miss the “better part of two spring seasons,” according to Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese, and some frustrating times ensued.

“He just wasn’t healthy,” Wiese said. “His handling of that could have gone in a lot of different directions. Our associate coach talked with him some, and it was about handling this decision a little bit better here or there on the field. You’re talking to him for three years, and he’s finally doing these things.”

Much like every step of Mc-Cabe’s journey at Georgetown, there’s a twist involved with his senior year, too. He found himself fighting for minutes, with attacking midfielders Zach Knudson and Achara earning the lion’s share of starts.

Twenty to 30 minutes would roll McCabe’s way, and then when Knudson and Achara fought through injuries, he seized his chance. For Chris Lema, the Georgetown captain who also spent time with McCabe at U.S. Soccer residency, his classmate grew into an indispensable cog, especially as the Hoyas have shifted toward a counter-attacking style.

“He can find the final ball and run through players, and it’s so important to have someone in the underneath role who can hold it up,” Lema said. “‘Dec’ has brought exactly that. We talk about it a lot at halftime; Coach Wiese says that we have to get the ball to Declan.”

Now, McCabe’s intention is to carry his soccer career far beyond his Georgetown days. He’s slated to graduate in December with an economics degree, and the Revolution hold his rights as a Homegrown Player.

When back home for the summer, he’d play for New England’s U-23 team and keeps in touch with his academy friends, including Federico Ferre (Waltham, Mass.) of UMass-Lowell, Chris Arling (Windham, N.H.) of New Hampshire and Christian Sady (North Andover, Mass.) of Harvard.

“It’s always in the back of my head that I’m going to play after this,” McCabe said. “Throughout the course of the season, what’s led to a lot of our success is the team. When our season comes to a close, I’ll start looking at it from a personal standpoint.”

Unfortunately for McCabe and Georgetown, the Hoyas were upset by Southern Methodist, 2-1, in overtime in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

While McCabe was taking a wait-and-see approach, Wiese said his conversations reveal a player with genuine ambition.

“Suddenly Declan has looked like a true senior,” Wiese said. “That’s the mark of a great senior, where the team is sitting there thinking, ‘We’re going to be diminished when he leaves.’”

Added Weise: “He’s really the perfect model for a recruitable kid who has a huge drive to be a pro and wants to get a Georgetown degree.”

That outlook, however, has come with some bumps in the road. He was atop the U.S. youth soccer landscape at residency, and a step above the rest of New England while starring for the Revs Academy.

It all landed him a spot at Georgetown, where his collegiate career looked to be one riddled by injuries. But Mc-Cabe turned things around in a major way his senior year and now is dreaming big.

“I think I’ve grown up a lot since I came here in my freshman year,” McCabe said. “I’ve learned so much in terms of coming into a place where you’re not handed anything. You have to work really hard to earn your minutes and what you get.”

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Peter Mendel Hired as U17 Boys Elite Head Coach

Braintree, MA –

Commonwealth Football Club have hired Peter Mendel to the coaching staff where he will take over the reigns of the U17 Boys Elite team effective immediately.

A native of Adams, Massachusetts, Mendel is a graduate of Endicott College where he earned his degree in Sport Management. He was a four-year letterman with the soccer program. He was an All-State player in high school and was inducted into the Berkshire County Soccer Hall of Fame for his stellar career at Hoosac Valley High School.

Mendel started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Salem State College, where he helped turn around a program that had four wins in 2004 to a 14-win season in 2006. While at Salem, Mendel was in charge of recruitment and retention for the men’s soccer program.

Mendel holds his NSCAA Premier Diploma as well as his Director of Coaching Diploma. He also has his Master’s Degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State College. Mendel’s responsibilities include game and contest management and is the Coordinator of Curry’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and an Adjunct Professor in the Management Department at Curry focusing on Sport Management.

During the summers Mendel works as site coordinator for the NSCAA Coaching courses and works numerous camps and clinics in New England. Mendel was also voted “College Coach of the Year” in 2013 by the Eastern Mass Soccer Coaches Association for his work in growing the game in Eastern Massachusetts.

Mendel led the Curry Men’s Soccer team for his eleventh season in 2017. His 2017 team finished with an 8-11-1 overall record, including a 2-7 mark in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Mendel obtained his 100th career head coaching on October 6 in a 1-0 shutout of conference opponent Eastern Nazarene.

The 2016 squad posted a 6-13-1 overall record and qualified for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament quarterfinals.

In 2015, his squad qualified for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament quarterfinals. The team finished with a 10-9-1 overall record.

In 2014, he led his team to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinals.  Following that tournament his squad earned a bid to the ECAC Division III Tournament as the #6 seed.  The Colonels defeated the #3 seed Bridgewater State to advance them into the Semifinals where they fell to the #1 seed Endicott College.  Curry finished the season with an 11-10-1 overall record.

In 2012 and 2013 the Colonels’ squads qualified for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament quarterfinals.

The 2008 season was a very successful season for Mendel and his squad. The Colonels finished the regular season with a 16-5-3 overall record. The 16 wins were the most in school history. Curry’s conference record was 9-2-2. For the first time since the 1995 season, the team advanced to the semi-final round of the CCC Tournament. Curry was defeated by Nichols College, 2-1. Also for the first time in school history, Curry was selected to play in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament. The Colonels lost to Coast Guard in the semi-final round, 2-0. At year’s end, Mendel was chosen by his peers as CCC “Coach of the Year.”

Former Commonwealth FC Striker Dominique Badji could be “top scorer for many years” in Major League Soccer

Rapids coach: Dominique Badji could be “top scorer for many years” in MLS

Via MLS.com

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – In a season filled with its fair share of struggles for the Colorado Rapids, Dominique Badji has excelled. The 24-year old striker continues to lead Colorado in scoring, adding his eighth goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against New York City FC.

“Every day he comes into work he’s a top professional,” Rapids interim head coach Steve Cooke said of Badji. “He puts in his time before training and stays late to work on becoming a good player and a good professional. I’m really pleased for him because he does put in that time.”

Entering 2017, Badji set a personal mark of double digit goals for the season. With six games remaining for the Rapids, he remains eager hit the mark.

“I’m still on track to do it and I’m still planning on doing it,” Badji said. “I’ve got a handful of games left and I’m definitely planning on scoring in those games. I want to hit that target.”

As the 67th overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Badji was not expected to earn a golden boot for the team initially.

“People possibly can’t remember because he’s scoring goals these days but he was a fourth-round pick. People probably looked and said this might be one of those fourth-round draft picks who gets pushed aside,” Cooke recalls. “When he started, I don’t think anyone would say he’d be the top scorer for the Rapids within a couple of years and that’s where he is.”

After some hard work and signs of improvement in each of his seasons as a professional, those within the Rapids’ locker room believe the sky is the limit for the young striker.

“I think his ceiling is as high as he wants it to be,” Cooke said “He needs to have ambition to be a top player in this league and I think Dominique Badji could be a top scorer for many years to come.”

Colorado has struggled with consistency in both lineup and results this season, but with latest signing Stefan Aigner starting to get his legs under him and the midfield developing chemistry, Badji is optimistic about the Rapids’ offense.

“The wingers are just looking to create opportunities for me,” he explained. “It’s something that’s been a work in progress, but we’ve got a solid front four that are attacking minded.”

Despite the difficulties of 2017, Colorado still believes it has a lot to bank on for its future. Badji figures to play a big part in that along the way.

Said Cooke, “We said to the guys, if you stay in this game, we’re going to have this moments. If you hit the target, you’ve got a great opportunity to score a goal and Dominique Badji keeps doing that. He’s a real threat now in this league. He’s only 24 so he’s got some good years ahead of him. “

Matchday Week 1 Roundup By The Numbers!

This past Sunday kicked off the Northeast Soccer League’s league matches throughout the area! Here is the first week of matches by the numbers for Commonwealth FC!

 

Over THIRTY Goals were scored in 16 matches!

SIXTEEN Commonwealth FC teams are itching to get on the training ground this week to prepare for Matchday 2!

TEN teams opened up their 2017 Fall Campaign with an away fixture!

SEVEN teams were able to put the ball into the back of the next multiple times!

SIX teams kept a clean sheet!

FIVE teams scored FOUR goals or more in their matches!

Commonwealth FC came together as ONE to start an exciting fall season!

 

 

 

U18’s Fall Short In Opening Match of Group D

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Commonwealth FC U18s opened up Group D play against Northern Steel (PA) to kick off the Region I Championships this morning in Spotsylvania, VA.

Northern Steel was able to find the scoresheet in the 10th minute on a turnover by the Rams in their own attacking third. Northern Steel quickly established a counter attack on the left flank, where their left winger dribbled to the end line, and cut the ball back across the 6yard box for a tap in goal.

12 minutes later the Rams started to find their feet underneath them and were able to test the Northern Steel goalkeeper numerous times over the corse of 10minutes. The first chance coming from a whipped in ball by Rams right back Declan Foley that found the feet of Rams forward Liam Kelley who put the ball in the back of the net while colliding with the goalkeeper. The goal was disallowed as the sideline official raised his flag for offsides. After a couple of minutes of both teams going back and fourth with possession, Northern Steel found possession in the Rams defensive third about 25 yards out and struck the ball well enough to get it to knuckle and dip away from the Rams Goalkeeper at the last second to make it 2-0 in the 33rd minute.

Minutes later another chance for the Rams came, as right winger Matt Campbell found the ball on the right flank near the top of the 18 yard box, cut in on his left foot and blasted the ball that was bound for the the bottom right corner, but was ultimately tipped just wide of the net by the Northern Steel goalkeeper for a corner to wrap up the first half.

The second half started as a back and fourth midfield battle between both sides up until the 60th minute where Northern Steel were able to throw numbers forward in transition that forced Rams center back Larson Keys to step hard into the midfield to slow down the Steel attack. The ball was then played wide to the left winger who served the ball into the box that took a deflection of Rams defender for an unfortunate own goal to make it 3-0 with 30minutes remaining in the half.

In the final remaining minutes of the match, Northern Steel played a ball in the air into the Rams 18 yard box that was poorly cleared and fell to the Steel’s striker who slotted the ball into the back of the net to make extend the score to 4-0 with only a few minutes left remaining in regulation.

Commonwealth FC U18’s Travel to Virginia for US Soccer’s Region I Championships


BRAINTREE, MA -The Commonwealth FC U18 Boys traveled down to Fredericksburg, Virginia earlier today after they qualified for the Region 1 Championships this past June with a 3-2 victory over Euro United in the Massachusetts State Cup Final.

“We’re very proud of what this group has been able accomplish in a very small amount of time being together. Being able to travel outside of the New England area to play meaningful matches is going to be such a valuable experience for these guys moving forward,” said Commonwealth FC Technical Director Adam Gabbard, “We have three tough matches ahead of us and in order to move on we need to win the group. Knowing our guys, and the grit they bring to the table, they’re not ready to lay down for anybody. Everyone’s excited and really itching to get after it”

The US Youth Soccer National Championships Series caps a year long tournament that features competition for boys and girls teams in the Under 12 through Under 19 age groups. In Region I, the National Championship Series begins with teams in all 15 state associations vying for their State Championships titles. State Champions in these age groups and champions of the Region I Eastern Regional League-Elite Division are eligible to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships.

“We’re incredibly excited and honored to represent the whole state of Massachusetts at the region 1 Championships. It’s such an honor for Adam and I to coach this team that has accomplished so much and is competing at such a high level.” explained Director of Coaching Mike Madden. “Its a little bittersweet to be here down the region 1 championship to finish the last chapter for the Boston Rams, but at the same time, we are so optimistic and excited to coach this team playing in its first competitive competition under the Commonwealth FC brand.  We’ve been drawn into a tough group with Pachuca, Northern Steel & AC Connecticut, that being said it will certainly be interesting to see who comes out on top of the group. Our goal for the week is to come down and play some attractive, competitive football and win the group.”

Playing under the Boston Rams name, the Commonwealth FC U18s will open up the groups round robin play tomorrow morning vs Northern Steel (47th in the Nation) at 8am, for the first match in the Group D play. Northern Steel enters the Region 1 Championships coming off a Pennsylvania West State Cup Final win over Beadling SC as well as finishing second in the table in the Region I Eastern Regional League.

Saturday will be the second Group D match for the U18s that will kickoff at 3pm vs AC Connecticut (719th in the Nation). AC Connecticut arrive in Virginia after finishing their spring season 5th in their league table, followed by falling short in the 2017 Oakwood Premier Invitational Semi-Final losing 4-1 to Williamstown Berkshire Ajax.

The group stage will conclude for Commonwealth FC on Sunday against Pachuca FC USA (13th in the Nation) at 1:15pm. Pachuca, the front runner to win the group, comes to Fredericksberg after reaching the Jefferson Cup Final, where they ultimately fell short to Parsippany SC, and more recently lifting the Maryland State Cup over Baltimore Celtic SC to punch their ticket to the Region I Championships.
Group A

Baltimore Celtic SC Christos (MD)
FC Buffalo Academy (NY)
Timberwolves SC (NH)
Capital Premier (VT)

Group B

Dix Hills Hurricanes (NY)
Patriot FC (PA)
BRYC (VA)
WVFC (WV)

Group C

Cedar Stars Academy (NJ)
Rams FC (RI)
Far Post Premier (VT)
Delaware Rush (DE)

Group D

Boston Rams (MA)
Northern Steel (PA)
AC Connecticut (CT)
Pachuca UFC (MD)

 

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Alves Signs Letter of Intent With University of Vermont

 

Braintree, MA – This past Friday former Commonwealth FC Midfielder Leandro “Geo” Alves officially signed his letter of intent to play the last two years of his collegiate career at the University of Vermont. The former New England Revolution Academy standout begins the next chapter of his footballing career as he leaves Dean College for a new challenge. During his two seasons as a Bulldog, Alves played and started in 33 of the 37 contests and left his mark on every match.

Prior to playing at Dean College, Alves played at Shea High School and earned Rhode Island Gatorade Player of The Year in 2015 and joined an elite class of Gatorade Player of The Year award-winners, including Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook HS, Mich.), Steve Cherundolo (1996-97, Mt. Carmel HS, Calif.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02, 2002-03, East Brunswick HS, N.J.), Matt Besler (2004-04, Blue Valley West HS, Kans.), Jack Harrison (2013-14, Berkshire HS, Mass.).

The 5-foot-7 forward scored 29 goals and passed for 16 assists his senior season, leading the Shea Raiders (16-2) to the Division I state championship game. An All-New England selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Alves was a Providence Journal First Team All-State honoree in his lone season of high school soccer. That following summer, Alves played for the Boston Rams USL-PDL team which was at the time the unofficial New England Revolution U23 team where he continued to develop his game even further to prepare for the college ranks. He then went on to sign a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Dean College in Massachusetts.

During Alves’ freshman year, he played an instrumental role in Dean’s attack as he found the back of the net 14 times in 13 matches and was also racked up 7 assists in the process to end the year with 33 points. Alves later went on to receive All-American honors as he was recognized as one of the top players in the country as a freshman.  Following his first year of playing college soccer, Alves was offered a roster spot on the New England Revolution Inaugural  U23 team, in addition to training alongside the Argentinian National Team which included world renowned footballers such as, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Javier Mascherano, Marcos Rojos, Ezequiel Lavezzi. Alves took advantage of his opportunity and did not disappoint as he was brought in that same summer to train with the New England Revolution first team, ultimately leading him to receive an invitation to attend preseason camp in Arizona as well.

Concluding his sophomore season at Dean College, Alves continued to develop as one of the most dynamic players in the country as he scored 25 goals (5th in the nation), handed out 14 assists (2nd in the nation), in 19 games,  nearly doubling his points total from the previous year to 64 (3rd in the country). Alves lead Dean College to the national tournament as a #4 seed but ultimately  fell short without qualifying to move into the Semi Final round, beating Berkeley College of New Jersey 6-0 and falling to Florida National 2-1. During the National Tournament, Alves was recognized as a First Team All- American and came just short of being named National Player of The Year. Upon the end of the academic school year, Alves continued to play for the New England Revolution U23s and was called in to train with the first team on a consistent basis.

 

Former Commonwealth FC Striker De Bona Earns First Professional Hat Trick

 

Via Ekenäs IF Website:

Nice play by the EIF gave a deserved victory against GrIFK. The match was helped Felix de Bona with his three goals and a hattrick. Head coach Jens Mattfolk wanted to see more goals but was happy with his pupils.

EIF – GrIFK 4 – 1 (1 – 0)

Initially, the game was very even. GrIFK started the game with a high tempo and tried to create dangerous situations as soon as the referee blew to start the match. After 10 minutes, the EIF began to create more and more situations. They kept the ball and attacked up the edges by different fitting combinations. A player who constantly created concerns in GrIFK defense was Felix de Bona . Through its mobility, it becomes difficult for the opponents, he creates a lot of space for other teammates. Among other Juuso Aalto came several times to great locations but that is not paid off.

In the 23 minutes injured Cheick Camara and In came Olli Jalli . What’s up with Camara is in writing, unclear. But, of course, is that the team does not need multiple injuries when the list is already long and the next 10 days to play three games.

Målkalaset began with 37 minutes played when Zacharias Ekström was knocked tackled in grani target area resulting in a penalty. Felix de Bona went up to eleven meter point and put the ball calmly into the right corner. Several goals would not come this half but dominated the EIF, however, the end, it did not visiting GrIFK a chance to level the score. Felix and Juuso had their chances alone with the keeper, but the ball did not go in. It was notable opponent was the clearance gap limped properly. Lots of passes went wrong and the EIF easily access breaking their playbacks.

After the break started happening for real. EIF, created several chances ahead, the crowd did cheer several times but did not sing sadly. The ball did not finish. In 63 minutes, however, took just waiting for the end. GrIFK slopes took a bad pass into the middle where Paul Akouokou came to mine and match up Felix de Bona calmly shot the ball past the keeper no chance.

Same Felix was on the go in 67 minutes. The attack started on the left edge where speed and form strong Zacharias Ekström got hold of the ball. He brought the ball in the breakneck speed toward the center of the plane. Gave a short pass on the Felix de Bona who did than turn and hit a quick turn shot in the left corner past granimålvakten. The score 3-0 and a hattrick of Felix de Bona.

In the 70 minutes played dropped EIF defender Joel Akpini ball and granispelaren Samuel Langhoff get the ball as he lay calmly into the net behind Santeri Aaltonen , 3-1 acknowledgment of GrIFK.

It would appear that the EIF was not at all happy with this. After the 3-1 goal GrIFK tried to increase pressure on the EIF goal. But the EIF’s defense was once again very tough and easily took out the balls. However they created countless chances ahead. Among other things, Paul Akouokou, Ville Sevón and Juuso Aalto had several situations where you would be able to increase målskörden significantly. Ultimately, it was Zacharias Ekström who scored 4-1 goal wonderfully presented played by Juuso Aalto in 77 minutes. Juuso Aalto chipped the ball over the defender to be rushed Zacke as the eminent futsal mannerism took the ball round the keeper and hit the ball into an empty goal.

A well-deserved win against a very weak GrIFK.

De Bona Awarded Match Ball After First Professional Hattrick

Ari Asukka , Grankulla IFK’s coach, how was the match of your part?

The first 25 minutrnarna was ok, we created some dangerous target situations. But as I said for 25 minutes lasted this nice game. Then something happened that I can not really understand. EIF began to have more say in the plan. This pressure resulted then in the penalty that made the game for us even harder. If a penalty was right or wrong is hard to tell from there I stood notes Asukka.

Grankulla IFK goalkeeper Toni Vuorinen , as the last man in Kauniainen team noted during the press conference that the first 25 minutes adjusters was good for us. I did not need to do much more than receiving the ball a few times with the foot and pass the ball on. After that we started losing a lot of ball. We gave the game to the EIF had many special situations such as corners and free kicks.

We had to chase the ball all the time says Vuorinen, really felt any EIF attack as a very dangerous attack that could result in anything.

EIF’s keeper Santeri Aaltonen noted that on some occasions in the first half burst little communication with defense. But it still felt safe the whole time. Obviously Akpinis case an unfortunate mishap where GrIFK came to making a goal.

EIF’s coach Jens Mattfolk noted that it took a long time for the team to get started. We had planned to start aggressively and take care of the game from the beginning, that we managed not to. But when we finally got hold of the game we played a fantastic football notes Mattfolk. We had several jättefina sequences in the first half. I’m super happy with everyone’s effort. We should even have made several goals, several of the trades were not as good as they should have been.

Next match play EIF Wednesday, 12.06. at 18:30 against TPS at Veritas Stadium in Turku. The match can be seen on Elisha viihde and Fanseat.com

EIF played with the following squad:

Camara Cheick Ibrahim (23 min Olli Jalli), Geffrard Jems, Akouokou Paul, Heinonen Riku (80 min Theo Lundström), De Bona Felix, Aaltonen Santeri, Doumbia Mohamed , Ekström Zacharias, Akpini Joel Konan Kouame Sakpa Yves (53 min Ville Sevón), Aalto Juuso