All 3 of BORP’s power soccer teams were in action last weekend. The Bay Earthquakes hosted the San Jose Steamrollers and the Hollister Free Wheelers and the Bombers and Crushers traveled to Fresno.
The Earthquakes and Steamrollers started off Saturday with a tense contest that ended 0-0. In their second game of the day the Earthquakes took on Hollister and the BORP side got their attack going early. However Hollister’s defense was up to the challenge and the Free Wheelers showed some offensive firepower of their own taking a 1-0 lead. >From then on it was all Earthquakes as John Madigan scored a hat trick off great passing from Brandon Johnson and Anh Nguyen. Lateef McLeod and newcomer Vasilis Rousseas took turns patrolling the goal area for the Earthquakes and anchored a solid defensive effort and a 3-1 victory. Game 3 saw a rematch of the Earthquakes and Steamrollers and a similar result to their first game. An early goal by John Madigan (his 4th) was matched by a second half tally from the Steamrollers and the final result was 1-1.
The Fresno team, the Central Valley Ghostriderz hosted the Crushers, Bombers and San Jose Rockets on Sunday. This was the first time for the Ghostriderz to host and they did an excellent job!
The tournament featured a round-robin format and a first game match-up between the Bombers and Crushers. The Bombers behind a, you guessed it, hat trick from John Starks, won their first game of the season 3-0. Sebastian Klopfer made the defensive stop of the game saving a sure goal right before the final whistle to preserve the shut-out.
While they lost their other 2 games the Bombers showed skilled and resolute play throughout the day and will be a tough match-up for any opponent going forward. Edana Contreras was on the front end of several great plays including two of John Starks’ 4 total goals. Jessica Roekl-Navazio and Chanelle Stallmeyer were instrumental in providing support off the ball and keeping their opponents in check.
The Crushers had a hard time getting going in their second game and fell 3-0 to the dynamic San Jose Rockets. The final game of the day paired up the Ghostriderz and the Crushers and based on the early results of the day the host team had the advantage. However Coach Finn finally found the energy switch on the Crushers machine and a dormant offense and passive defense came alive for the most exciting contest of the day. Ian Kinmont got the Crushers going in the first half with the first Crushers goal of the day which was answered swiftly by the determined Ghostriderz. The half ended 1-1 and the scene was set for a nerve-wracking finish. The second half started strong for the Crushers as Ian Kinmont scored the Crushers second goal and April Bryant converted a brilliant pass from Margaret Mele for Crushers goal #3. The BORP fans went bonkers after this play and it seemed that victory was secured as there were only 3-4 minutes left. However at this point the Ghostriders found their 5th gear, scored a second goal and had the ball non-stop in the BORP goal area throughout the final minutes. Goalkeeper Jake Bath came up HUGE during the relentless onslaught and the game ended 3-2 Crushers! Wow!
During the game, Margaret Mele contributed 2 outstanding assists and non-stop floor leadership and her protege Ruby Shemaria also came through with a sweet assist. Stephen Dysktra and Jake Bath had great days in goal and Milo Balcziunas was a solid presence in support of the Crushers offensive and defensive strategies.
Video from Fresno TV Channel featuring BORP teams (and fans): http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news%2Fsports&id=8576219
Thanks to all the volunteers, friends and families who contributed to a wonderful weekend of Power Soccer!
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of BORP power soccer volunteer, Kevin McGown. Kevin passed away from a sudden illness on Monday night. He was at the gym all day Saturday helping with guards and equipment and reffing and it just doesn’t seem possible that he is gone. Kevin’s generous spirit, kindness, intellect and good humor will be missed tremendously by all of us.