Friday, October 12, 2001
C-C Strikers soccer team back on track
The Concord-Carlisle Boys Under 12 Strikers soccer team snapped a losing streak with a commanding victory at Medford United two Saturdays ago. After a close loss to North Reading a week earlier, the Strikers dominated play from the opening possession, amassing thirty shots on goal by game's end. Only exceptional play from the Medford goalkeepers kept the Striker tally in single digits. The final score was 6-1.
Early in the first half, Striker forward John Chappell initiated the scoring, assisted by Alex Litwin and J.B. Henderson. Moments later, Armon Ayandeh finished off a crossing pass from right wing Sam Williams. Making it 3-0 by half time, Chappell scored again, this time on a loose-ball conversion.
A deftly-executed series of passes produced the first second-half goal by Max Ono, assisted by Patrick Mara. Ono then assisted a goal by Nathaniel Miller from the left corner. Henry Butman completed the Striker scoring by drilling home a penalty kick after Sam Williams was toppled. Medford's goal came on a well-placed header off an effective crossing pass.
Late in the second half, the Strikers maintained offensive pressure with numerous shots on goal by Tony Lania, Zander Pease, Charlie Morrison, Greg Williams and David Tekle. Jason Mestancik and Julian Martinez were Striker mainstays on defense. And in both halves, Striker goalies Tony Lania and Ari Zyskind successfully transitioned United shots into offensive Striker possessions.
Concord-Carlisle now faces rematches with Wakefield and North Reading, as well as league leading Woburn, to complete the fall season.
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