The first game against Massapequa was close and the teamed hoped for a tie, but gave up a tough goal. The second game against Great Neck was a tale of two half's where New Hyde Park had a lead going into halftime, but fell short in a very physical second half battle. The Firecats found their spark during the third game against tournament hosts Oceanside, completely controlling the match. The opponent did not register a shot on goal, which the team realized was a tremendous accomplishment.
These were the first 11v11 matches for the Firecats. During the summer, the team added several new players and were missing a couple of teammates for this event. Despite the changes, the Boys showed grit, determination and a passion to find on-field success. The team is still learning how to play as a unit, on a bigger field while the coaches are assessing how all the pieces will come together.
The Oceanside tournament itself was managed well. Mitchell Field was a better travel destination for the team than going to Oceanside Park. The referees for the 3 matches were great! Having two line judges made the course of play much smoother than having just a center ref.
The team will host its first league game Saturday, September 9 at Tully Park. With two practices in-between to solidify positions and strategy, team trainer, Ace, will create a plan based on what was learned from the tournament. The team looks forward to a great LISJL season in the U13 5W Division.
Look for more updates from the Firecats throughout the year.