Volume 22, Number 21 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | October 2 - 8, 2009
Downtown soccer action
Real Madrid Vs. Valencia
On a beautiful Sunday morning, an energetic group of Major 10s took the full field in a Downtown Soccer League game Sept. 20. Real Madrid began with several sustained drives to the Valencia goal after dribbling and passing among many players, and the first shot on goal by Jeremiah Wysoker went wide to the right. Aidan Ostermaier later blocked other shots by Wysoker and his teammates. Valencia’s Henry Hull, Maria Scovel, and Yannick DeGuchteneere actively got control of the ball, but Jackson Deysine was able to get it away, and soon Jack Vegas got a hold of it and from midfield dribbled and took a hard shot which provided the first Real Madrid goal. On the kickoff following, Josh Roseman’s quick defensive effort and a handball penalty on Valencia meant Real Madrid gained control again. On a breakaway, Joshua Fish dribbled through a crowd to take a shot-on-goal that hit a defender first and the goalie second, but went in for the second score.
In the second half, Drew Child played goalie for Real Madrid, which proved an astute move; he blocked shots by Hull and DeGuchteneere. Noah DeGuchteneere also played well for Valencia, going after the ball, but Jordan Roseman, Oscar Sullivan, and Kristen Pierre kept close watch on Valencia’s offense. Another goal was scored by Fish on a pass from Ogden Opheim, and Vegas took a powerful shot that Ostermaier couldn’t contain for the fourth goal. Finally, Luke Sullivan was able to score from the pack of Real Madrid players that converged on Valencia’s goal in the final minutes of the game. Coaches Roya Sullivan, Curt Child, and Bill Sullivan were proud of the teamwork and tenacity displayed by Real Madrid, and the Valencia coaches (John Chow, Alison Regan, and Scott Morrison) awarded a “game ball” to Hillel Rosenshine for playing in position, being open for passes, and helping the offensive attack.