|Posted by GFCNews on February 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM||comments (0)|
Grizzly FC (1-0-1) knocked off rivals Antietam FC (1-0-1) 3-2 Wednesday evening to claim their first three points of the spring indoor campaign at the 422 Sportsplex. Senior midfielder John Ryder scored his first goal of the season before the Neumann brothers chipped in with a goal each to ensure that Grizzly once again bested a talented Antietam side.
The match began very much as a clash of two evenly matched teams, with both sides coming close to scoring but failing to break the deadlock in the first half. Antietam struck the woodwork once and Grizzly had several shots pushed wide or over by Antietam's keeper as both teams struggled to dominate in an open contest. Senior goalkeepper Ben Wright returned from injury and had a fine opening half, making several key stops including a sprawling save down to his right on Antietam's best scoring chance. The two sides went into halftime deadlocked at 0-0.
The second half was much brighter for both sides, but it was Grizzly who opened the scoring. Senior forward chuck Neumann burst through the middle before teeing up Ryder at the back post, and the winger duly obliged by lashing home his first goal of the season. The lead was short lived, however, as Antietam stormed back straight off the restart. The Grizzly defense failed to close down in the middle of the park, and an Antietam midfielder smashed a shot past Wright, who was unluckily screened on the play.
Grizzly didn't deflate though, and endured plenty of Antietam pressure before striking with a lightning counterattack. Antietam failed to capitalize on a corner kick opportunity, and the ball fell to senior defender Mike Schmidt just outside Grizzly's penalty area. The right back picked out a one time ball over the top of Antietam's back line to senior forward Bob Neumann, who beat the onrushing goalkeeper with a looping finish. Grizzly quickly added another as well, with Bob's brother Chuck once again sprinting down the center. Rather than dish a pass off, Chuck used the space created by his brother's unselfish off the ball run to squeeze a shot around the defense and into the bottom corner for 3-1.
Antietam did rally back and grab a goal shortly after, setting the score at 3-2 and making for a nervous finish to the match. Grizzly held on largley due to the efforts of goalkeeper Wright, who made the save of the season when Antietam looked to be in for sure, first stopping an outside shot and then flicking the rebound attempt away from goal with his trailing foot mid-dive. Grizzly dug deep for the last five minutes and pulled out the narrow win by a score of 3-2.
The result moves Grizzly from sixth up to fourth position, behind Antietam on goal difference. The man of the match award goes to Wright for his string of fine saves that kept Grizzly in the lead late on. The attacking trio of Ryder and the Neumann brothers will also take the plaudits for finishing the goals, something the team sturggled with in their last match.
Grizzly's next match will be after spring break, on Wednesday March 14th against 5th placed Net Stuffers FC. A positive result could see them climb further up the table if other results go their way. Kick-off time is 8:55 p.m.
|Posted by GFCNews on February 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Grizzly FC (0-0-1) began their spring 422 sportsplex campaign last Wednesday evening in disappointing fashion, falling 4-1 to Fighting Amish in the season opener. Amish scored 3 times in the first half before senior forward Bob Neumann pulled a goal back for Grizzly in the second half, but it was too little too late and Amish went on to add another before full time.
Grizzly's lack of preperation for the game was evident form the first whistle, as Amish held more of the ball and dictated play. Amish took the lead about 10 minutes in off of a corner kick, with the Grizzly defense too disorganized to prevent a striker from running into the box and meeting the corner with a volley that flew past senior goalkeeper Gerald Glover.
At 1-0 down Grizzly still looked okay, and even had a few chances to score an equalizer. Bob Neumann found himself in goalscoring position twice in the first half, but was denied each time by solid goalkeeping from Amish's keeper. The first chance came from a an incisive pass from senior midfidler Jonathan Safer, moved up from his normal position at sweeper to account for the loss of junior midfielder Mike Dunlea, who is studying abroad this term. The second chance came a few minutes later, when senior defender Mike Schmidt combined with senior midfilder Greg Margolis to put together a flowing move that found Bob Neumann at the back post, only for his left-footed shot to be saved.
Things soon got worse for Grizzly, who conceded two goals in as many minutes before the half ended. The first came from panicked open play that saw the Grizzly defense fail to clear their lines. A midfielder from Amish found space outside the area to lash one home past Glover. To complicate matters, Schmidt went off injured immediately after the goal. Glover was then beaten again by a well-placed shot from outside the area, and Grizzly went into the half trailing 3-0.
The second half started brightly for Grizzly, who attempted to claw their way back into the game with a series of scoring chances. Bob Neumann eventually got on the score sheet during this period of pressure, heading home a perfectly placed cross from Safer to make the deficit 3-1. Grizzly were unable to create many more chances after the goal, though, and conceded a final goal due to some lax defending to end the game 4-1 losers.
The loss leaves Grizzly rooted to the bottom of the table, a position they have never occupied in their previous two seasons at 422. Their next match is Wednesday, February 29th against old rivals Anitietam FC, who will no doubt be looking to avenge their loss in last sessions' final to the Bears. Kick-off time is 8:55 p.m.
|Posted by GFCNews on December 28, 2011 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Grizzly FC closed the books on their fall 2011 season with a pair of successes, defending their 422 indoor title and earning a first-time playoff spot in the outdoor LBF league. The club finished the indoor season with a perfect 6-0-0 record, defeating AC Rockets 2-1 and New Castle 3-2 en route to the playoffs. There, they beat New Castle 4-1 in the semi-final to advance to a final with rivals Antitam FC. Senior captain Chuck Neumann struck four times in the pulsating final to carry his team to a 5-4 victory, sealing their second straight 422 indoor title.
In the outdoor campaign, Grizzly were forced to overcome adversity in order to qualify for the playoffs in their first season. A tough away trip to West Chester resulted in Grizzly's first ever defeat, as they were beaten 2-0 after an uninspiring performance. The result meant that only a victory over West Chester at home would be enough to get Grizzly into the playoffs. In two weeks time, the sides met again at Patterson Field, and Grizzly made amends for their away loss. Senior forwards John Ryder, Justin Williams, and Chuck Neumann and junior midfielder Mike Dunlea scored the goals in a comprehensive 4-0 victory that locked up a second place finish for Grizzly, who qualified for the playoffs behind top ranked Villanova.
Grizzly will be in LBF playoff action during the Spring 2012 semester, while possibly returning to the 422 Sportsplex to defend their title yet again in the spring indoor season. Pay attention to this space for updates as the season draws closer.
|Posted by GFCNews on October 27, 2011 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
Grizzly FC (4-0-0) extended their lead at the top of the 422 Sportsplex Indoor League table with a 4-0 victory over bottom dwellers Chapines (0-3-0) Wednesday night. Sophomore forward Ryan Kiehart scored both the opening and final goal to add to his tally for the season, while junior midfielder Mike Dunlea and senior forward Bob Neumann also found the back of the net.
Grizzly started the game somewhat slowly, allowing Chapines to come at them in the opening stages. The attack minded play of their opponents soon allowed Grizzly to strike, though. Senior defender Jonathan Safer stopped an attack at midfield and burst forward, slaloming through several defenders before teeing up Kiehart inside the penalty area. The striker made no mistake from close range, converting the chance and giving Grizzly the 1-0 lead.
Not surprisingly, Safer was involved again when Grizzly added a second just minutes later. The defender took a quick free kick from midfield, catching the Chapines defense offguard and finding Bob Neumann alone at the back post. The striker settled the ball before hitting a shot off the goalkeeper and into the near post, extending Grizzly's lead. Junior midfielder Greg Margolis then came agonizingly close to extending the lead further with a long range effort, but it skimmed off the crossbar. Chapines attempted to mount a response to Grizzly's rampant attack in the closing minutes of the half, but created few real chances as the Bears took their 2-0 lead into halftime.
The second half saw Grizzly dominate play much more handily, and they posessed the ball in Chapines' half for long periods. Senior forward Justin Williams, making his indoor debut, was often at the heart of play as he ran the Chapines defense ragged and created a host of chances for himself and other players. He was unlucky not to add the third goal himself about ten minutes into the half. After being put through by Dunlea, he beat the keeper with a low shot but was denied by the inside of the post.
Grizzly continued to pressure, though, and the third goal was always coming as the half went on. Senior defender Mike Schmidt fashioned a chance for himself with a run out of defense, but his curling shot was saved by Chapines keeper. Safer then had a long range effort punched out of play by the keeper, allowing Margolis to came close again with a corner kick that curved into the goal area before being punched clear.
Eventually, Dunlea provided the finishing touch Grizzly had been lacking. Margolis found him with his back to goal on the edge of the area, and the big man turned two defenders inside-out before lashing a shot off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net. At 3-0 up Grizzly looked very comfortable, but continued to pile on the chances in search of another goal. Kiehart provided it with just a few minutes remaining, finishing off a smart pass from Williams and capping the scoring at 4-0.
Kiehart is the obvious choice for man of the match, but the forward acknowledged the influence of both Safer and Williams in creating his chances. The two set-up men were unlucky not to have scored themselves, and share the man of the match honors with Kiehart. Grizzly's defense remains the best in the league having conceded just three goals in four matches, and Safer, Schmidt, and senior Danny Arango were again disciplined at the back to pick up their second clean sheet of the season. Despite having little to do, senior goalkeeper Ben Wright picked up his second shutout as well.
The victory allowed Grizzly to open a five point gap at the top of the table, putting distance between themselves and second placed Antietam FC, who drew with New Castle earlier on Wednesday evening. It also extended their unbeaten run to fourteen matches in all competitions.
Grizzly will take on AC Rockets next Wednesday, Novermber 3rd, at 9:30 p.m. The Bears will look to maintain their 100% record with another victory as they look to clinch a playoff spot.
|Posted by GFCNews on October 23, 2011 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Grizzly FC battled the Villanova Wildcats to a stand-still for the second time this season, drawing 1-1 in a tense LBF league contest on Sunday morning. Senior forward Bob Neumann scored for Grizzly before the Wildcats equalized late in the second half, ensuring that both sides remained unbeaten in LBF play.
Grizzly, who were hosting their first ever home match on the new turf at Patterson Field, came out flying in the first half and attacked Nova right away. Though the visitors were disciplined on the ball as usual, their defense showed signs of frailty and Grizzly's strike partnership of senior captain Chuck Neumann and his brother Bob were finding in roads early on. Chuck had the first chance of the match, racing onto a through ball played to him by junior midfielder Mike Dunlea, but was denied when Nova's keeper collided with him on the edge of the area.
The collision left the captain slightly dazed and he went off injured for a brief time. But when he returned ten minutes later, he and his brother again cut open the Wildcat's defense. A sloppy backpass was picked off by Bob, who elected to pass rather than shoot around the on-rushing keeper. Unfortunately the pass was just beyond the reach of Chuck, who could've put it into an empty net. Chuck was then the victim of another dangerous tackle from Nova's keeper, who fouled him on the edge of the area after the striker picked another pass off of Nova's back line. After a long injury break Chuck left for the remainder of the half, and senior defender Jonathan Safer stepped up to take the free kick. Nova's keeper proved equal to the task, however, and his acrobatic save denied Grizzly the lead. The half ended at 0-0.
Grizzly wasted no time in the second half, and their intensity provided an early go-ahead goal in the first few minutes. Bob Neumann stole yet another back-pass from Nova's defense, and kept his composure to touch around the keeper and place the ball into an empty net to give Grizzly the 1-0 lead.
Nova stepped up their game following the goal, taking a firm hold of possession and putting the Grizzly defense under sustained pressure for much of the second half. They might have had an equalizer soon after off of a free kick outside the Grizzly penalty area, but senior goalkeeper Ben Wright flew to his left to deny the Wildcat's the equalizer. Another dangerous attack came through a solo effort from one of Nova's forwards, who rounded a few Grizzly defenders and looked to be in on goal. But a combined effort from senior defender Mike Schmidt and Safer swept the danger away and Grizzly survived yet again.
Despite the best efforts of Grizzly's defense, Nova were eventually rewarded for their pressure in the 70th minute. Smooth ball work saw the Wildcats attack down the flank and quickly swing the ball inside, where one of their midfielders struck a sweet shot from outside the area that only just eluded Wright and nestled in the side netting. They were made to work for the draw though, as Grizzly piled on a few more opportunities with several late set piece attempts. Unfortunately the hosts couldn't force a late goal in, and the match ended at 1-1.
The draw preserved Nova's position at the top of the teams' LBF group, just ahead of Grizzly and well ahead of both Westchester and USP. Grizzly remain in second place after earning their second point of the season. Man of the match honors go to Bob Neumann, who opened his goal account for the season, as well as Ben Wright and Jonathan Safer, whose assertive play in goal and at sweeper respectively kept Nova at bay for a majority of the game. Grizzly's next LBF match will be at Westchester on Saturday, October 29th, time and venue TBD.
The players of Grizzly FC would like to thank all the people who made their first home match possible, including: volunteer coaches Jon Hammer and Tegh Matharu, student referees Mike Alfieri and Colin Kunkle of the UC Mens Varsity Soccer Team, Athletic Director Laura Moliken and the UC Athletics and Facilities staff, Club Soccer advisor Todd McKinney, Ursinus College President Bobby Fong, and all the friends and family members who attended the match.
|Posted by GFCNews on October 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Grizzly FC (3-0-0) stood up to a strong challenge from second ranked Antietam FC (2-1-0) wednesday night to claim their third straight win of the 422 Sportsplex indoor league's fall season. Senior captain Chuck Neumann scored his 5th and 6th goals of the season, while senior midfielder Salim Al-Homsi scored his first goal of the season.
Antietam went into the match ranked just behind Grizzly on goal difference, and they proved a much stronger side than the Bears' previous opponents. Though Grizzly started brightly with some neat possession play, Antietam grabbed the initiative with an early goal. One of their midfielders cut in from the left side and rifled a shot at senior goalkeeper Ben Wright, who was unable to make the save as his vision was impeded by an opponent. For the first time in the season, Grizzly had fallen behind in a match.
At 1-0 up Antietam looked comfortable, but Grizzly clawed their way back into the match in the 11th minute. Chuck Neumann ran down the left side and sent a cross into Antietam's penatly area that was not properly dealt with by the defense, and Al-Homsi pounced on the botched clearance and finished calmly to tie the match at 1-1. After the equalizer, Grizzly found themselves on more level footing with Antietam, and quickly made their momentum count by putting in a second goal. The ball was played in the air towards senior forward Bob Neumann, who cushioned a header into the path of his brother. The captain ran onto the ball and beat his defender before rifling a shot past the goalkeeper, giving Grizzly the 2-1 lead going into halftime.
Antietam responded instantly in the second half with a cracking goal off the restart. Their right back burst forward into midfield and fired a long range scorcher past the helpless Wright, who could only watch it go by for the equalizer. The keeper made amends shortly after though, diving smartly down to his left to deny Antietam the go-ahead goal off a well hit volley. With Grizzly's defense holding firm under the guidance of seniors Jonathan Safer and Mike Schmidt, it looked as though the match was headed for a draw.
But Chuck Neumann had other plans, and finished the game off with 7 minutes remaining. Antietam threw too many players forward in an attack, only to be thwarted by sophomore left back Jim Childress, who stole the ball off one of their attackers and played the ball into Neumann's path. Cutting inside, he was helped by the run of his brother Bob, who drew the remaining Antietam players away so Chuck could get a sight at goal. The captain made no mistake, lashing a shot into the bottom corner and restoring Grizzly's lead. Antietam pushed for an equalizer, but were denied their best chance by more solid goalkeeping from Wright. The match ended at 3-2 and Grizzly extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions.
Chuck Neumann will again take the plaudits after his third consecutive two-goal performance, but his brother Bob's hold up play was at times quite impressive and deserves plenty of recognition as well. Senior midfielders Greg Margolis and Jeff Landau also put in workman-like performances in center midfield, while Al-Homsi's scoring debut was also his finest performance since switching to midfield from defense. Defensively Safer and Schmidt were again commanding, but Childress's tenacious play was pivotal in stifling a host of dangerous Antietam chances. Finally, goalkeeper Ben Wright came up with several crucial saves to preserve Grizzly's lead late in the match.
Grizzly took sole possession of top spot in the league with the win, and will next play Chapines on Wednesday, Oct 26th at 9:30 p.m. The team are also in action this weekend in the LBF league, with matches against Villanova and USP being played on Sunday, Oct. 23rd.
Come out and support the team this weekend!
|Posted by GFCNews on October 17, 2011 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
Following a long hiatus, Grizzly FC will resume their LBF intercollegiate league campaign at home this Sunday, Oct. 23rd on Patterson Field. A round robin series of games will be played between Ursinus, Villanova, and the University of Sciences Philadelphia throughout the day. The tentative schedule sees UC play Nova at 11 a.m., Nova play USP at 1 p.m., and finally UC play USP at 3 p.m. Kickoff times are subject to change but will be posted here if they occur.
The following weekend, on Oct. 29th, Grizzly will travel to Westchester for an away match in the LBF league. After that match the only LBF matches remaining for the fall semester will be one each against Westchester and USP, dates and times TBD.
Grizzly are also in action this Wednesday in the 422 Sportsplex indoor league against Antietam FC. Kickoff is 9:30 p.m.
Come out and support the team this weekend as they look to grab vital points in the race for an LBF playoff position. Go Bears!
|Posted by GFCNews on October 14, 2011 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
Grizzly FC (2-0-0) made it two out of two in the 422 Sportsplex indoor league late Wednesday night with a win over the 422 Net Stuffers (1-1-0). Six different goalscorers fired Grizzly past their beleaguered opponents, who played most of the match with a man down. The win moves Grizzly into first place in the league ahead of second placed Antietam FC, who also won on Wednesday, on goal difference.
As expected in a match where they outnumbered the opposition, Grizzly dominated from the first whistle. Senior strikers Chuck and Bob Neumann wasted no time getting them on the board either, with the former breaking down the left side and putting in a low cross for the latter to tap in for the opener. Chuck Neumann added a second goal just a minute later, running clear of the defense and finishing with a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
The tie looked wrapped up after five minutes, but the Net Stuffers pulled one back in the ninth minute. The Grizzly defense failed to close down a shot from outside the box, and senior goalkeeper Ben Wright was screened as it flew past him into the bottom corner. The Neumann brothers restored the two goal cushion in the 11th minute though, with Chuck crossing for Bob to head inside the far post. Senior midfielder Jeff Landau then scored with a header off a corner kick to make it 4-1. The final goal in the first half came off a set piece, with senior defender Mike Schmidt serving a ball into the box for Chuck Neumann to head home and make it 5-1 going into the break.
The second half started just as brightly for Grizzly, who made it 6-1 in the first minute of the half through senior midfielder Julian Sessler's long lob to the back post. After a bit of a lull in the scoring, senior midfielder Dan Devlin found space inside the penalty area to finish off a neat pass from Sessler and make it 7-1. Landau added another in the fortieth minute with a placed shot from about 18 yards, before sophomore striker Ryan Kiehart scored his first club goal with a curled finish in the forty-second minute. Sessler scored the tenth goal in the forty third minute with a driven finish to the far post, and senior defender Jonathan Safer capped the scoring at 11 with a finessed shot in the dying seconds of the match.
Grizzly performed well as a team, albeit against a weakened opponent, and managed to stretch their unbeaten run to eleven matches in all competitions. Their next match is a summit meeting with Antietam FC at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Octboer 19th.
|Posted by GFCNews on October 6, 2011 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Grizzly FC kicked off their fall indoor campaign at the 422 Sportsplex in Pottstown with a comfortable 3-0 win against New Castle Wednesday evening. Senior captain Chuck Neumman scored two goals and set up another for his brother, senior forward Bob Neumann, to secure three points for Grizzly and extend their unbeaten run to ten games.
Grizzly returned to the 422 league to defend their title from last spring, and stated their intent early on in a dominating first half performance. After a host of half chances, Bob Neumann came closest to scoring about ten minutes in when Grizzly were awarded a free kick deep inside New Castle's half. Chuck Neumann took the kick and laid it off for Bob, but the striker's effort was just wide of the mark. Grizzly didn't have to wait long for the opener, though, and it was the captain who provided the spark. Pouncing on one of New Castle's full backs, he took posession before lashing a shot into the bottom corner to give Grizzly the 1-0 lead.
New Castle looked frail after the first goal and they were undone again in the 14th minute. Senior midfielder Greg Margolis combined well with senior defender Mike Schmidt, who laid the ball off to Chuck Neumann and raced into the penatly area. The captain feigned a shot before playing the ball towards Schmidt, who left it for Bob Neumann to finish at the back post with a simple tap-in. At 2-0 up, Grizzly looked comfortable and took their lead into halftime without any major threats from New Castle.
The second half was a slightly different story, with New Castle pushing more men forward and pinning Grizzly inside their own half for sustained periods. Senior defenders Jonathan Safer, Danny Arango, and Schmidt were equal to the task though, and remained organized as Grizzly looked for a chance to strike on the counter. The few chances that fell for New Castle were kept out by fine goalkeeping from Senior Ben Wright, who made his first start for Grizzly in the 422 league.
But after soaking up pressure for much of the half, Grizzly killed the game off in the 44th minute. Senior midfielder Brandon Russell broke free down the left side and crossed to Bob Neumann at the back post, who hit a looping cross back inside to his brother. The captain's header smacked off the bar, but the rebound was collected by junior midfielder Mike Dunlea, who laid it back off for Neumann to toe poke past the keeper for the final goal. Grizzly rode the rest of the game out to secure a 3-0 victory.
Though Grizzly will no doubt rue a host of missed chances from the match, which easily could have ended in a much more lopsided scoreline in their favor, the shutout victory will please their veteran defense and midfield. Captain Chuck Neumann deserves man of the match honours for his brace and assist, but the team performance was overall very solid. Senior defenders Safer and Schmidt led from the back with disciplined performances, while forward Bob Neumann was an active threat throughout and goalkeeper Ben Wright looked rock solid and posted his first shutout of the year.
Grizzly's first win takes them to second place, behind leaders Antietam FC on goal difference. Antietam, comprised of members of the Sneaker Villa side that Grizzly defeated in the final last spring, handily defeated AC Rockets in the earlier match of the night to go top of the table. Grizzly's next match will be on Wednesday, Oct. 12th, time and opponent TBD.
|Posted by GFCNews on September 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Grizzly FC kicked off their LBF season early Sunday morning with a hard fought 2-2 draw against group powerhouse Villanova. Senior captain Chuck Neumann scored both goals as Grizzly maintained their unbeaten streak and moved joint top of their group table with Villanova.
The match was played on the turf at Nova's Goodreau Field, and the home side certainly looked the more comfortable team in the opening stages with their strong possession game. But they were stunned in the 5th minute when Grizzly got off the mark first. Nova conceded possession and were caught on the counter, only able to clear the ball for a throw deep in their defensive zone. Senior forward Bob Neumann took a long throw and managed to find his brother Chuck free in the box, and the captain opened the scoring with a diving header into the far post.
Nova almost grabbed an equalizer straight away, but the effort was waved off by the referee as the goalscorer had committed a foul against Grizzly's senior midfielder Chris Powers. They didn't have to wait long to redeem themselves though, and equalized just ten minutes before halftime. On a long throw of their own, Nova managed to find a forward in the Grizzly penalty area who placed a looping header past senior goalkeeper Ben Wright. The two sides went into halftime level at 1-1.
The second half was largely a stalemate, with Nova keeping a majority of the possession but continuously being denied opportunities at goal by Grizzly's determined midfield and defense. It looked as though the match was headed for a draw, but in the last ten minutes Chuck Neumann again provided the excitement. Racing onto a ball played through to him by senior midfielder Greg Margolis, he rounded Nova's keeper and tapped home to give Grizzly a 2-1 lead. Grizzly's hopes of an upset were crushed, however, as Nova managed to sneak in a headed goal off of a corner kick in the dying seconds of the match. The game ended at 2-2, with each side taking a point to move joint top of their LBF group table.
Man of the match performances were put in by Chris Powers and sophomore defender Jim Childress, both making their competitive debuts for Grizzly. Two of Grizzly's key men, senior defender Jonathan Safer and junior midfielder Mike Dunlea, also played well despite carrying injuries that kept them out of training for most of the week.
Grizzly's next match should be against either WestChester or USP next weekend, but stay tuned to this space for more information as the week goes by.