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2018 Champions Cup Quarterfinals

Quarterfinals Highlights: Photos and Videos by Game

2018 Champions Cup Quarterfinal Results

Game Home Team Score Away Team Score Team Advancing
Mosteiros vs GPS Omens 3 2 Mosteiros 
Auburn vs Providence City 0 7 Providence City
Team Iraq vs Dinamo 5 1  Iraq FC
Safira vs Boston Olympiakos 8 2 Safira

Quarterfinals Results

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.