Reigning USAfrica champions Mosteiros are the new Mass Champions Cup title holders after a thrilling final against OTHSL defending champions Safira SC. Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, Mosteiros rallied behind two Admilson Miranda goals to give the club their first Mass Soccer Champions Cup title. The victory is all the sweeter after Safira defeated Mosteiros in the 2017 final. Mosteiro are now the 4th different Mass Champions Cup winner in the tournament's 4 year history:
A 3-2 victory against GPS Omens (BSSL) in the quarterfinals and a 3-0 win over Providence City FC (FA1) in the semifinals paved the path for Mosteiros to advance to the final match. Congratulations to all the clubs on another high quality and competitive tournament of champions!
More video highlights and pictures will be posted soon. Check back mid week.
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Our first game of the semfinals featured USAfrica's Mosteiros vs FA1's Providence City Rogues.
Mosteiros started the game fast with consistent pressure on the Rogue defense. They went up early with a goal from Walter Varela and then second goal is scored by #10, Nilton Teixeira. It looked like they would possibly run away with the game. But after the Rogues made a key substitution and brought in a little more speed on the outside of the midfield...
Rogues strike back... GOAL...#20 Wilder Arboleda!
Mosteiros was up 2-1 and remained unchanged until Mosteiros scored with 2 mins left in stoppage giving them the 3-1 victory. Mosteiros secured a spot for the second year in a row in the Champions Cup Finals.
Game 2 featured the CMTSL's Iraq FC against the OTHSL and defending Champions Cup Champions, Safira FC. Although Safira possessed the ball well, Iraq had some very exciting strikes and counterattack’s.
This defensive battle stayed tied nill-nill into the 2nd half. Iraq FC's goalie used his speed and quickness and the Iraq defensive line held strong. Late into the second half, Iraq had a few exciting scoring opportunities, including one that Safira goalie made a beautiful sliding save, only to have the ball bounce back to an Iraq player. This Iraq midfielder returned a solid strike on the ball which was clearly on frame. The Safira defender who had dropped back to cover the goal, made a brilliant heading save on the goal line.
The match was filled with excitement and close calls, but it was Safira's #77 Renan Barbosa, who was able to net one in the last 12 mins for Safira.
Safira held on to win 1-0 and will advance to face Mosteiros in the finals. This is a repeat of the 2017 Mass Soccer Champions Cup - Will Mosteiros be able to dethrone our defending champions, Safira? We will see next Saturday at 4pm at Danehy Park Field 3.
It was an exciting weekend on the pitch as our Mass Soccer league champions faced off against one another in the 2018 Mass Soccer Champions Cup Quarterfinals.
In one of our most anticipated match ups of the opening round, USAfrica's Mosteiros hosted BSSL's GPS Omens. Although, GPS possessed the ball well in the first half, it was Mosteiros who was able to convert first before halftime and then two more goals in the first part of the second half. But with 15 minutes remaining, momentum began to shift. GPS rallied with two goals, just 10 minutes apart and closed the deficit to a goal with 5 minutes left of regulation. Although GPS's comeback fell just short as the final whistle blew, they challenged Mosteiros down to the final seconds of the match. Mosteiros was able to close out the game with a 3-2 victory, securing the first spot in the semifinal round.
The second quarterfinal game of the day featured the CMO35 league champions, Auburn FC and FA1's Providence City. It was a battle featuring the wisdom and experience of our O35 soccer veterans challenging the youth and speed of the Providence City Club. Auburn held Providence City scoreless with great defensive play and stellar goal keeping until the 33 minute of the match, when Providence City was able to finish on their first goal of the day. Providence City demonstrated great passing and patience on the pitch and soon took over the game. They will move on to face Mosteiros in the semifinal match next Saturday at 10am at Danehy Park.
The third game of the quarterfinals featured CMTSL's Iraq FC verses NELASA's Dinamo. Dinamo was the first to strike with a goal early on, but Team Iraq equalized almost immediately, followed by an unfortunate Dinamo own goal a few minutes later. The score was 2-1, Iraq up, at halftime. 7 minutes into the second half, Iraq scored again and continued to possess the ball and control play. Dinamo challenged in the last 5 minutes of the game with a counter attack and beautiful shot that Iraq's keeper was able to get finger tips on to tip just over the crossbar. Iraq FC secured the 3rd spot in the semifinal bracket with its 5-1 victory over Dinamo.
Our final match up of the quarterfinals featured OTHSL O30 champions, Safira FC verses MSSL's champs, Boston Olympiakos. Although, Boston Olympiakos played short handed, they would not be deterred and put forth a valiant effort to challenge the defending 2017 Champions Cup winners, Safira.
Early in the game, Safira's #10 Pablo was able to put a direct kick from outside the 18 in the back of the net for Safira's first goal of the day. Safira followed up by adding 2 more consecutive goals, but Boston Oympiakos refused to go away. In what was "ESPN Top 10 Plays of the Week" material, #11 Rafael Santos artistically sent a rocket of a shot past the Safira keeper, making an emphatic statement that Olympiakos was not going away!
Safira followed up shortly thereafter with another goal with 10 mins left in the half, but Olympiakos Ilass Hasnaoui scored again to keep his team in the game. However, with 1 minute left in the half, Safira's #99 Guibson Magalhaes netted the 5th goal giving Safira a 3 goal lead at halftime.
Although Boston Olympiakos continued to fight into the second half, they were greatly weakened by an injury and had to face the defending champs with only 7 men left on the field. Safira's patience and passing led to more scoring opportunities earning them the final spot in the Champions Cup semifinals, where they will face off against Iraq FC next Saturday at 1pm at Danehy Park.