A match between Garden City and New Hyde Park ended with the Trojan’s best scoring chance coming as Jack Gillan broke free and onto a ball that Patrick Keogh was able to push through the last defender.
The problem was the referee blew his whistle as he felt Gillan was in an offsides position before the ball bounced off the defender. Once the final five seconds ticked off the clock the game ended in a scoreless tie.
The Trojans were trying to build off of their 2-0 victory over Westbury using a combination of strong defense with the right mix of good offense as Marc Schwendemann and Alex Franco were able to score first-half goals Saturday afternoon at Garden City High School.
The game against the Gladiators was a matchup of two defenses that both had keepers that would not give in to shots from all angles. Garden City goalie Tyler Biscone was tested several times in the first half as New Hyde Park had two corner kicks and another long throw in that were trouble. But each time Biscone came up with the ball. He also was tested on several strong runs by the New Hyde Park but dove out to make the stop. In total he had eleven saves for the game.
New Hyde Park keeper Andrew Blumenson was equally up to the task with nine saves in the match. He made two stops in the first half with aggressive plays to first stop Gillan as he was getting inside the 18 and then dove out to punch a ball off the foot of Matt Greco at the six. In the second half Blumenson was tested late on a bullet of a shot by Keogh just inside the box. With about 8 minutes remaining he went up high to grab a head shot from Gillan to keep the game scoreless.
Throughout the match Garden City’s defense and midfield continually tried to apply pressure and deliver the ball to the attack. Playing strong games on the defensive side of the ball for Garden City were Jake Menges, Stephen Soviero, Kyle Ritchie and Johnny Morris. While Jack Metzler, Marc Schwendemann, Joe Torres and Greg Vouzianis played strong on both sides of the ball.