Gottschee Teams Head To Long Island Tournament
Gottschee's youngest travel team, the U7s, were out in Bethpage at the Long Island Rough Riders Tournament where they won all four games to take first place.
The U7s started their summer by entering the tournament out at Bethpage State Park against three teams from Long Island: West Islip Lions, Farmingdale United, and Valley Stream Dragons. Gottschee used their dribbling, passing, and goal scoring ability to win all three opening matches by the scores of 3-0, 2-0, and 5-1 respectively.
The goal scoring in the qualifiers was started by Eric Schemitsch and then followed with tallies by Sal Rasizzi (4), Daniel Vilardi (2), Dylan Santos, Sean Molloy, and Shane Dempsey.
In the finals Blau Weiss met the previously undefeated Brooklyn Patriots. Combining a dribbling and passing exhibition that wowed the spectators, Blau Weiss broke things open early when Molloy scored within the first three minutes of play on a great run down the sideline finishing with a right-footer that found the back of the net.
Molloy didn't stop there however, adding two additional goals for a hat-trick on the day. Vilardi put the icing on the cake with his shot, giving Gottschee a 4-0 win and first place berth.
Philip Nowowiejski's and Andrew DeCanio's hard work all day on both sides of the ball in the middle and crisp passing, played a large part in creating the scoring possibilities. Keeper Michael DeCanio, as always, was solid in net, letting in only a solitary goal the entire tournament.
Gottschee's 2008 New York State Champion U12 Boys were up in Maine last week to take part in the Eastern Regional Championship last weekend trying to build on their Cup title.
The boys opened the competition against Arsenal FC of Western Pennsylvania and were in command from the opening whistle, winning easily 5-0. Bradley Nestor scored a hattrick, with the other two added by Anthony Viteri and Arun Basuljevic.
The next match pitted Gottschee's skill against a scrappy team, Hockessin, Delaware, and fortunately for Blau Weiss, skill prevailed. After a scoreless first period Basuljevic put Gottschee in front 1-0 by converting a penalty
kick midway through the half. With eight minutes remaining on the clock Henry Cubas scored off a corner for a big insurance goal and eventual 2-0 win.
In the third game BW faced NJ Soccer Academy, which proved to be a formidable opponent, taking a 1-0 lead into the halftime break. After play resumed Basuljevic was able to do his usual work, scoring to tie it at one. The game ended 1-1 and the point put Blau Weiss into the playoffs where they faced Lehigh Valley out of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Lehigh, a quick athletic team, took advantage of their assets and beat Gottschee to the ball on a regular basis, in the end wearing them down and knocking them out of the tournament 3-0.
Gottschee's Academy teams played a couple of big games this week beginning with the U16s down in North Carolina. The U16's took on a quick, tough SC Irvine out of California and were and were roughed up pretty good, losing 4-0.
Irvine took advantage of their speed and had Gottschee down 2-0 by half off a PK and an own goal by Blau Weiss. The second was more even with Gottschee settling in but nevertheless, Irvine knocked two more in the last five minutes off counter-attacks to finish the boys off.
The boys second match in Greensboro was against the U.S. U16 National Team and in that one, Gottschee played their best game of the season, tying the National Team 2-2. Blau Weiss took a 1-0 lead in the first period but the National Team was able to equalize just before half.
After play resumed, the US team took a 2-1 lead but shortly thereafter Gottschee's Rafi Abreu alertly intercepted a defensive pass and made the most of it to tie it at two. Afterwards both teams attacked but neither could do any more damage.
The U18 Academy team started a bit earlier, on Tuesday at Fordham University, where they tied FC Westchester 1-1. Westchester took the initial lead 1-0 in the first half after breaking down the Gottschee back line. Four minutes into the second period it was Gottschee's turn and they pulled level on a shot by Leo Fernandes.
Blau Weiss was then gifted a chance to take all three points by being awarded a penalty, but never a side to make things easy, they flubbed the PK and had to settle for the tie.
Down in North Carolina the boys opened against Irvine SC and found themselves down 2-0 early in the first half. Just before the break Stefan Broussard made it 2-1 to give Gottschee momentum and hope, but when play resumed Irvine stifled Gottschee's budding enthusiasm with another goal to win it 3-1.
On Sunday Gottschee faced the U.S. U18 National Team and it began poorly for Blau Weiss, falling behind 3-0 in the first period.
The second period was quite a different story, starting with a goal by Stefan Broussard that cut the lead to 3-1. Midway through the period Boussard beat a U.S defender and blasted one into the upper ninety from 20 yards out to make it 3-2 and quite a game. Gottschee pressed for the equalizer and had the U.S. defense quite busy, but all other attempts were fended off by the National Team goalie to keep it a 3-2 U.S.final.