Game one was played against the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Knights and New Hyde Park was hungry for their first win. The Fire Cats played with passion — making strong passes, using space well and having the tenacity are drive to succeed. Training with Ace clearly paid big dividends with a near perfect 6-1 victory. The euphoria of success made the time between the first and second game go by quickly. The boys couldn't wait to get back on the pitch.
Game two started with strength against the Westbury Blue Dragons. Jumping out to a quick 2-0, New Hyde Park appeared to get a bit over confident, believing they would steamroll the Blue Dragons they way the did with the Blue Knights in game 1. Westbury brought a loud cheering section to rally their team. With physicality and aggressive play, The Blue Dragons roared back, to tie the match 2-2. This only served to steel the resolve of the New Hyde Park Fire Cats. The physical battle ensued in the second half and New Hyde Park refused to lose, breaking through with a late tally in the closing seconds gaving the Fire Cats a 3-2 edge heading into the final match with a chance to win the bracket!
With their energy nearly drained at the end of a long day, game three against Woodhaven United 2005 United was another "give it all you have" game. First place was on the line and the boys knew they had to play hard. The Fire Cats lost a few players to injury during the hard fought match against a United team that had the blessings of some added size compared to New Hyde Park. The Fire Cats refused to back down without a fight but the fatigue, bumps and bruises from the first 2 matches saw New Hyde Park slip to a 0-2 deficit as the game began to wind down. The score ended 0-4, but was far closer than the total indicated — with the last two goals against at the end of the game with the New Hyde Park boys completely exhausted.
Collective grit, determination, skill and soccer acumen defined the day for the Fire Cats. All of the parents and coaches celebrated the much deserved second place finish with pride. The Fire Cats will continue their momentum into the balance of the fall season.