2016 Boys' Varsity Team
Back row: Kevin LeRoy- Assistant Coach, Tyler Mondo- Goodrich, Isa Habeeb, Ryan Brzezinski, Adnan Abdi, Christopher Martin,
Bryan Booke -Coach
Front row: Kassim Kassim, Givon Blackwell, Christppher Martin, Nick Barrus, Ian Smith-Manager
Thursday, Septmeber 15, 2016
With only 6 days to prepare, the Bisons opened up their 2016 soccer campaign on the road against Academy of Aurora. The Panthers were the NFCAA league runner up from last season and we knew we would be facing a difficult challenge. Our opponent started off the scoring at the 15:00 mark of the first half as a result of a miscommunication in our defensive backfield. Going into the contest, we knew that there were going to be some breakdowns with it being our first game of the season. A few minutes later, Academy of Aurora was able to slip another shot past our keeper(Chris Martin) who was asked to fill in as our second string goalie because our starter was out with an injury. The Bisons fought on and Givon Blackwell was able to score off a cross from Nick Barrus . That goal closed the gap 2-1 with 3 minutes left before halftime. In the second half, both teams took their turns controlling the tempo of the game and each team had opportunities/shots. The unfortunate thing was that do to mental mistakes, all of the Panthers shots went in and none of ours did. Final score ended with the Bisons losing4-1. Although disappointed in the outcome, our boys played much better than a 3 goal differential and we plan to clean things up for next week when we travel to take on defending NFCAA league champion Central Baptist. Please wish us luck this season.
Coach Booke & Coach Leroy.
Chris Martin- 14 saves
Givon Blackwell- 1 goal
Nick Barrus- 1 assist
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The Bisons faced a difficult task in our second regular season contest. We made the 1 hour trip down to Yorkshire, NY to match up against last season’s NFCAA defending league champion, Central Baptist. We were still without our starting keeper (injured) and had no substitutes to give our players a rest. Our opponent on the other hand had triple the number of players then us and were able to continually roll out fresh lines against our squad. The Lions came at us right from the get go and took advantage of our overly aggressive defense. The score was 3-0 before the 15:00 mark of the 1st half. The second half was more of the same despite adjustments that we made. Suffice it to say that Central Baptist was the better team tonight. Our offense was able to get chances but nothing found the back of the net until the 20:00 mark of the 2nd half when Nick Barrus scored from close range to prevent a shutout. The final score was Central Baptist 6 vs SMSD 1. There is no rest for the weary as our schedule is jammed packed with 3 games in a row next week. Luckily they are all homes games so hopefully our fans can attend some and lend their support.
Coach Booke & Coach LeRoy
Chris Martin: 10 saves
Nick Barrus: 1 goal (1st of the season)