Black on 5 Game Streak, Top of the League

Posted by: Unbiased Reporter on 2010-04-20 13:03:00
The Gray team looked as though they should have been wearing Green jerseys as they opened play against Black on Sunday. Black jumped out to a three-nil lead in the opening minutes of the game and never trailed, securing the top spot in the regular season rankings.

Black came ready to play even without their primary goal keep, Kevin Jackson. Gray started a little short handed, with no available substitutes and their primary and secondary goal keepers missing. Brian Fickler stood in for Black and was a veritable Iron Curtain in the net; masterfully making the transition from using his head to using his hands. Stepping in for Gray was Gregor Jennings in goal, and not a lot more needs to be said about the start of the misery.

Shortly after the opening kick off, Dale Wongk arrived for Gray and the game took a decided turn. Gray scored two goals to bring the score to 3-2, but a blocked shot by Jennings was tipped directly to the foot of Black captain Al-Husein who put the shot away easily for the score. Gray managed another goal and went to the break down 3-4. Daryl Wolfe changed up his normal game play of kicking the ball out of bounds by knocking two consecutive Black offensive drives over the sideline fence and into the parking lot with his head.

In the first half, Black player Brian Buss made an outside crossing shot into the upper left corner of the goal; then in the second half took another outside shot that Jennings was able to get a foot on but still managed to roll in for a score, putting Gray down by two. Gray captain Trieste managed another score to bring Gray within 1 with four minutes remaining, but Al-Husein - more known for his ball handling and assists than for his scoring - took a shot from the top of the box. Although Jennings was able to just get his finger tips on the ball, it hit the right upright then the top post, and in for the score. With only two minutes remaining and a two point lead, that shot broke Gray's back.

With the game remaining close throughout and top of the rankings at stake, both teams played as consummate sportsmen, with no bickering, name calling, or anger expressed either way. It is unfortunate that there will be no regular season rematch between the squads. Black clearly demonstrated their skill on the field and possibly would have had an even better result with Kevin Jackson in goal and Brian Fickler on offense making his renowned head shots. Gray, however, is also a team to be held in high regard; they were clearly hindered without their primary goal keeper Kyle Brown who is out with a knee injury, and due to the absence of James Dunna and Danielle Miller who in particular gives them an added offensive dimension.

With a dual game weekend on the horizon, both teams will face off against their opening weekend opponents to whom they both recorded losses. Expect Black to have the more arduous weekend with Gold on Saturday. Although they certainly are looking for redemption against Red who is coming off a monumental scoring clinic against White, they shouldn't look past hard charging Gold on Saturday in their only regular season meeting.

Gray will match up against Orange on Saturday; although a strong team roster, Orange hasn't managed to turn that into wins on the pitch. On Sunday, Gray will match up against White. In the first game of the season, White came out on top. Currently, however, White is facing a three game losing streak, the second longest only to cellar dweller Green.


Fickler has always been better known for his job with his head and not his hand job's!

Guest @ 2010-04-20 14:37:29

I thought Fickler uses his hands MORE out on the field than when he plays goalie.

Guest @ 2010-04-20 16:34:59

Looks like Fickler found a new home position.

Guest @ 2010-04-20 21:41:27

Fick stepped up and did a great job as a keeper. Black owes him that win.
also, it would be nice to say something about the awesome bicycyle kick that Nabil opened the score with.

Guest @ 2010-04-21 14:33:39

The bicycle kick by Nabil was a site to behold. Too bad there is no video.

Guest @ 2010-04-21 15:51:35

Gold is on a roll and maybe an upset of black on Sat? Match will depend on how many each team can get there for the Sat match!

Guest @ 2010-04-22 14:02:02

I must take this opportunity to be as modest as I can. The only thing that I can take credit for is the one lone block of Joynt's far post shot! Other than that,I appreciate the magnificent recount of the game highlights! Also, there was alot to mention of Black's defense with Jay , Ched(t?) and even Jafar! And for offensively? I think that with Nabil's 'finishing move,' and Brian Buss' 100 mph T-shots, took alot of pressure off of me back there. I did let 4 go in! Gregor too played a great last man! 6-4 isn't a score to be ashamed of! And 3 of them shots were unstoppable! Great game Gray!

Guest @ 2010-04-22 17:38:50

I maintain that your better at giving head than hand jobs...Go Ducks!

Guest @ 2010-04-23 07:16:02

with both teams at full roster, the chance of Gold beating Black is 1:100, and that if you are really optimistic and soccer clueless!

Guest @ 2010-04-23 07:30:18

But black wont have a full squad...the leprechaun luck continues one more week!

Guest @ 2010-04-23 19:44:43

I just want to take credit for setting Fickler up to make the great save against Joynt. It was a perfect pass to Joynt's right foot that set him off on the break away. To bad for me, I was the last defender.... Great stop Fickler!!! Jay

Guest @ 2010-04-23 22:11:09

I gotta agree Chase, definitely more head shots than hand jobs!!! Quack quack!!!!

Guest @ 2010-04-23 23:58:27

Oh yeah, i forgot... Thanks Jay!

Guest @ 2010-04-23 23:59:10

Im kinda prying to the same god that Cuthbert's wife was praying to last weekend to have some tornadic activity THIS weekend. Black was looking scarce!!!

Guest @ 2010-04-24 00:00:44