Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mustangs set up stretch run

Tie Massasoit, shutout WCC, five games left

By Gary Axelbank

BRONX, NEW YORK, October 2- The Monroe Mustangs men's soccer team is in the midst of another winning season. Having played the always tough Massasoit Warriors to a 1-1 tie last weekend and blasted through an 8-0 shutout over Westchester CC, the 4-1-2 Mustangs are in tune for the stretch-run of the final five regular season games, leading to the playoffs.

"We've played well in some stretches and not quite up to par in others," said Coach Marcus DiBernardo. "When things are in gear, we have a good work rate and are mentally tough to play the full 90 minutes. That's what we strive towards, regardless of the opponent."

The game against Massasoit was a case in point for Coach 'D'.  He felt things were clicking, but the Mustangs just missed some first-half opportunities that could have been the difference.  

Monroe got on the board in the first minute of the game as Flilp Kula (Brooklyn, NY) assisted Amare Thomas (Trinidad and Tobago) on the only goal Monroe would get in the game.  Keeper Mark Weir (Scotland) stopped three shots, but the Mustang attack forced his counterpart at Massasoit into 11 saves.

The Mustangs were flying against Westchester, scoring early and often. The 6-0 half-time score was a signal to Coach 'D' that it was a chance to put his second unit in and so he substituted all-eleven to play out the rest of the game. They did not disappoint, showing off Monroe's depth with two more unanswered goals.  Thomas had three first half goals in that one.

Monroe will travel to Massachusetts over the weekend to play Mass Bay CC on Saturday and then will play at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx on Monday at 4:00pm against Globe.

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