Match Recap: Boston Siege FC v Kendall Wanderers C
Following last week’s unfortunate stoppage in play, Siege looked to carry their momentum into their match with Kendall Wanderers C. Before the squads squared off, Siege remained in 5th place (20 pts. 7-4-1, +11) while Kendall sat in 10th (12pts. 3-8-1, -8). Just one week prior, Siege faced Kendall Wanderers A in a fierce US Open Cup match which saw Siege unfortunately bow out of the competition in penalties. Siege, fueled with dreams of revenge, took to Falzone Field in Waltham, MA.
Replicating the success in the first half against Coastal United FC, Siege deployed a 4-4-2 formation, with a diamond forming the shape in the middle of the pitch. Early in the match, Siege took ownership of possession, and created the majority of chances. The early chances reached their pinnacle when in the 19th minute, forward Fidel Martinez converted a chance after a scramble in the box left the Wanderers’ defense in shambles. Miraculously, Kendall found a way to respond, and in the 32nd minute, their striker converted a chance after a long ball over the top found him one-on-one with goalkeeper, Camilo Florez Villamarin.
Siege were not complacent with the equal scoreline however, and just two minutes later, Fidel Martinez recovered the lead from a lovely bit of skill out on the left wing. Though Siege attempted to reach halftime with the lead, the back and forth nature of the match continued, as Kendall equalized in the 43rd minute. During halftime, Coach Boris was clearly not pleased at the events that just transpired, and grouped the men together to discuss the second half game plan.
The boys returned to the pitch, focused on playing out on the wings - the very area Fidel Martinez scored a brace. The score remained stagnant, and consequently in the 64th minute, young phenom, Alex Egan, came on for the injured captain, JJ Davis. The substitution instantly rejuvenated play, as just two minutes later, Fidel Martinez found the foot of Joao Bosco Godeiro to recapture the lead. From then on, Siege took absolute control of the match resulting in a 77th minute goal by Egan, who skillfully found space on the left wing to create the angle to score near post. The final whistle blew, and three points were successfully earned.
After the result, headlined by man of the match, Fidel Martinez, Siege remained in 5th in the BSSL Division 3S table. The race for promotion continues to intensify, as Siege are just one point behind 4th placed Coastal United FC and 3rd placed OHP Gunners. The news arrived this week that towards the end of the campaign, Siege and Coastal will be resuming play in the 60th minute, while Siege will maintain their 2-0 lead in the contest. With this in mind, it is becoming increasingly likely that Siege will be challenging for the coveted 2nd spot in the league table to enter the promotion playoffs. This dream lives on next Saturday, October 6th as Siege take on 13th placed Homenetmen (6pts. 3-8-3, -12).
Game notes by Assistant GM Anthony Giallongo