Recap: Mens BuxMont Torch Fall in Close Battle With GBFC for Playoff Spot

It was an electric atmosphere as the Greater Binghamton Thunder rolled into Perkasie, PA to battle it out with the Buxmont Torch for the last playoff berth position in the Keystone Conference.

GBFC started on the front foot as they probed early on to get off the mark. A well weighted through ball caught Buxmont’s backline out, and in an attempt at a last ditch tackle Shane Jones of the Torch brought down the GBFC Striker in the area giving away a penalty kick. Bo Jelovac was able to sneak the penalty kick under Torch goalkeeper Jeremy Lee in the 13’ giving GBFC a 1-0 lead. The next 5 minutes GBFC keep the Torch on their heels with their constant threat in behind leaving space to Jacob Sutherland, who was able to find the top left corner with a stunning strike in the 18’ increasing GBFC’s advantage to 2-0.

Buxmont made several tactical changes and substitutions in the 20’, as they searched for their opening goal. The torch began to gain a foothold in the match as the first half went on as they created a few good chances, but they were unable to capitalize on any of them as the GBFC’s goalkeeper Brian Hockstuhl remained confident in the back. Hockstuhl made a great tackle on a through ball to Nick Morris from the Torch as well as steering a Santiago Pinan header over the bar just before the end of the half keeping the scoreline at 2-0 in GBFC’s favor.

The Buxmont Torch started the 2nd half strong with the majority of possession, but a counter attack almost caught the Torch out as George Stock is forced to bring the GBFC’s winger down resulting in a yellow card. GBFC’s free kick was played into the box, but the ball was headed away from danger by Shane Jones. The Torch began taking advantage of the space out wide through right winger Tyler Bullock. Bullock caused constant problems throughout the 2nd half by running at GBFC’s defense.

In the 68’ the Torch was able to get on the front foot as Bullock was able to get around the GBFC left back and was brought down in the box by the GBFC’s centre back, Dominico Vitale. Sachem buried the penalty kick in the side netting in the 70’ bringing the scoreline closer at 2-1. The next 20 minutes the Torch heaved on the pressure as they searched for the equalizer, but Hochstuhl and the GBFC defense remained firm saving a close range header from Sachem as well as a thunderous attempt on the volley from Josiah Groff. Groff of the Torch received a booking in the 79’ for delaying a restart, and Jelovac of GBFC also received a booking in the 80’ for time-wasting.

The Torch continued to test GBFC’s backline till the end of the match, but GBFC was up to the challenge. Hochstuhl was awarded the Man of the Match due to his impressive performance as he lead the way for GBFC to clinch a playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over the Torch.

Recap: Women Close Out 2015 Season Against New England Mutiny

On Saturday July 11th the Ladies Buxmont Torch soccer team headed up north to Massachusetts to participate in the weekend filled with outreach and competition. The outreach portion of the weekend included linking up with the Journey Church to host a soccer clinic in the inner city of Massachusetts. Kids came from various parts of the city and suburbs to participate. The soccer clinic provided an opportunity for the kids to practice their touch but more importantly the gospel was presented throughout the clinic through the reading of scripture and the sharing of testimonies. After the clinic The Journey church provided a meal for the players and members of the congregation hosted the players for the night.

On Sunday, the Lady Buxmont Torch team participated in a different type of ministry when they suited up to play against the number 1 seed: The New England Mutiny. The first half was a battle of possession and the score held 0-0 for the majority of the half. Brittany Gadd held her own between the post making save after save including a shot that was blasted 6 yards from the box. Shortly after the 6 yard power shot the torch had an opportunity that stemmed from a cross by Corrie Good. Tristyn Hall got a touch on it, but it deflected off the crossbar. The first half ended with a score of 1-0, New England Mutiny taking the lead.

In the second half, New England Mutiny came out ready to pick up where they left off. Torch goalkeeper Brittany Gadd was on her toes ready to make the necessary agile blocks and saves to keep the score 1-0. Sporadically throughout the second half both teams had chances but the New England Mutiny managed to put them away in the 66th and 82nd minutes and gain momentum. The final score was 4-0, with the New England Mutiny coming out with a win and will go on to represent the power five conference in the WPSL plays offs.

Recap: Torch Ladies Defeat Lancaster 2-0 In Rematch (7/1/15)

The Ladies Buxmont Torch soccer team played against the Lancaster Inferno last night at Pennridge High School. The Torch previously squared off against the Inferno in their first game of the season back on May 30th. With the Ladies’ not having all their players arrive in town yet, they lost that game 5-1. So the rematch last night was for revenge, and the Ladies accomplished just that. The Torch won 2-0 against their conference competitor.

The Buxmont Torch came together and played their best game of their season so far. The defense was led by goalkeeper #1 Tori Collar, ad two central defenders #18 Jaime Bouffard, and #15 Karly Passmore. Collar had a few great diving saves to pick off crosses into the box while Bouffard cleared the ball to prevent good scoring opportunities against the Torch. #25 on the Inferno scored three goals the first time the two teams played each other, but #9 Christine Kindt completed the task of shutting her down.

Both teams had about equal possession and multiple attacking opportunities. It wasn’t until the 34th minute of play that #7 Corrie Good picked off a pass from about 35 yards out and dribbled past two defenders to shoot far post to score. The game continued and the Torch went into halftime leading 1-0.

The second half began the same way the first half started.The game was very even with both teams playing very well offensively and defensively. In the 76th minute there was a good transition after #10 Cora Aversano stole the ball from a Lancaster forward and began the attack. There was a perfect passing sequence between #14 Mckenna Namken, #15 Zuzu Romano, #23 Alyssa Joseph, and was finally shot past the goalie by #5 Shea Neil for a goal. The Torch ended the game winning 2-0 against the Lancaster Inferno.

The Ladies are now 2-4 in the season and have 3 games left to play this summer. The Buxmont Torch will host a double header this Sunday, July 5th. The Ladies take on FC Bucks, an instate rival at 3pm, followed by the Men facing the Clarkstown FC Eagles from New York at 6pm. Both games will be played at Penridge High School’s Turf Stadium.

Recap: Men’s Torch Defeat Electric City (5/20/15)

Looking to add another win to their 3-game win streak, the BuxMont Torch Men’s team hosted Electric City Shock S.C. on Saturday, June 20th.

Entering their second contest with Electric City this season, the Torch strategized to play the same way as their previous meeting, which led to a 2-1 Torch victory.

The first half was a quiet one. Both teams pressured the ball and had several chances on goal, but nothing came close to a goal. Defense was the name of the game during the first 45 as each team took turns attacking the goal. Two yellow cards were distributed during the defensive half, each team earning their own foul for late challenges. The half ended 0-0.

Both teams rallied during half time and came out strong. The second half was very similar to the first half. Both defensive ends worked hard as each attacking end fought for chances on goal. And again, both teams earned a yellow card several minuets apart for late challenges.

High pressure from the Torch forced a turn over from the electric city which sprung a quick counter attack, Tyler Bullock received a perfectly placed through ball from midfielder, John Schwien. Bullock sped past the defender and crossed the ball into the middle where Sachem Wilson drove the ball into the back of the net in the 68min.

The game continued to be a defensive fight as the final minuets ran out. The Game ended 1-0 in a Torch victory, increasing their winning steak to 4.

Recap: Torch Defeats Hershey F.C. 2-0

The Buxmont Torch Men’s team took on opponent Hershey FC Saturday, June 13th attempting to build on their two game win streak.

The game started and both teams were back and forth. In the first half, Hershey FC missed three great opportunities on goal. In the 25th minute, Torch midfielder Santiago Pinan scored a header crossed in by Forward Sachem Wilson, who had dribbled past a defender and placed it right in the path of Pinan’s head. After the goal, as Hershey FC attacked, Torch defender Shane Jones received a yellow card. The first half ended with the Buxmont Torch up 1-0.

The second half was a battle as the heat started affecting the performance of both teams. The play was very back and forth with very few significant plays resulting. In the middle of the second half, Midfielder Vontez Hilliard dribbled down the sideline past his defender resulting in a close save by Hershey GK. In the 88th minute, midfielder Josiah Groff played a through ball to Wilson, who took a touch and passed the ball into the goal. The Torch defended for the majority of the remaining time. As Hershey FC pushed numbers forward and Torch packed it in, Hershey FC was unable to capitalize. The game ended 2-0.

This win for the Torch men’s team makes them 3-1 on the season. The Men’s next game is June 20th at home against Electric City Shock.

Recap: Men’s Torch Defeat Jersey Blues 5-2 in 2015 Home Opener (6/10/15)

The BuxMont Torch FC Men’s team had their home opener last night against the New Jersey Blues. June 10th at 7 pm.

The Torch started off the game strong, and took some time to feel out the Blue’s weaknesses with passes and through balls. In the middle of the first half, the Torch scored 3 goals within 7 minuets. John Schwien started off the 3-goal effort in the 22nd minute, assisted by George Stock. 5 minutes later Khalil Karl sent a long through ball to Tyler Bullock who dribbled passed a defender to score. In the 30th minute Sachem Wilson intercepted the ball from a misplaced goal kick and past a defender to score.

A few minutes after the Torch went up 3-0, a chance on goal caused Jersey Blues goalie, Domenico Giovanni, to collide with his own goal post. He had to be substituted off to be seen by EMTs for possible severe injuries. The New Jersey Blues only rostered one goalkeeper and had to replace their him with field player Corey Smith. The Blues then rallied together to take advantage of a Torch defensive mistake and scored during stoppage time at the end of the first half.

The second half started off with high intensity from the Blues, but the Torch remained the stronger team. After a physical 35 minuets, a foul was called on the Torch. This resulted in the Blues scoring on a free kick from 40 yards out in the 81st minute to make the game 3-2. The Torch knew their lead was slim and the time was short; Kyle Nikerle answered with a goal one minute later with an assist from John-Eric Stiles. Using this momentum, Khalil Karl scored the Torch’s 5th goal in the 86th minute to conclude the game.

The BuxMont Torch Men host Hershey F.C. this Saturday at 6 pm. The BuxMont Women’s Torch also plays at home on Saturday against the New England Mutiny before the Men at 3 pm.

Recap: Women’s Torch Host New York Athletics For 2015 Home Opener (6/06/15)

Exactly one week after the Buxmont torch FC Womens team played in their last game against the Lancaster Inferno, the Ladies had their home opening match against the New York Athletic Club (NYAC).

Before the game the Women’s team had their traditional game day clinic for a local youth team followed by a pre-game chapel. The Ladies were excited and anxious to be playing in their home opening game. They started off great. Corrie Good dribbled down the field, getting one shot off in the first three minutes of the game. As both teams began to settle down, NYAC started pushing forward. The other team caught the Torch’s defense off guard and scored their first goal. About halfway through the first half they scored their second goal. Soon after, a player on NYAC dribbled into the box and was fouled, resulting in a penalty kick, making the game 3-0 leading into Halftime.

The halftime talk consisted of a new strategy of play and sorting out things defensively. Before the Ladies went out on the field, Jaime Bouffard rallied the Ladies together to set a new team goal, to not get scored on. The Ladies came together and did exactly that and got a shut-out in the second half. The whole team played extremely well defensively, led by goalkeeper Tori Collar, who had an amazing game in net. Samantha Costello had a good game at forward as well, barely missing a breakaway at the end of the game.

The Buxmont Torch FC Women will have their next game at home on Saturday, June 13th at 3pm followed by the Buxmont Torch FC Men’s game at 6pm.

Recap: Women’s Torch Kick-Off 2015 Season at Lancaster (5/30/15)

After one week of practices and players trickling in for the summer, the Torch ladies traveled to Lancaster to compete for their first game of the season.

The game started off slow for both teams as they were working to become more familiar with each other’s style of play. The Torch stayed strong in defense, as well as the midfield and forwards, who looked to create opportunities up top. Lancaster and Torch were equally dominating their opposing halves. Lancaster was able to find a few early chances on goal, which eventually led to their first score, and the first goal of the game.

The Torch came in for the second half rejuvenated and hungry for the win. They came together aggressive, controlled, and were able to find more shots on goal. A few minutes into the half, Torch’s Mandy McCarthy found a beautiful through ball to Shea Neal, which split Lancaster’s defense allowing for a quick first touch and shot into the bottom left corner of the goal. This put the game at an exciting 1-1 score.

The pressure was kept high, but after a quick start, Lancaster was able to slide another passed our keeper in the top corner. Due to unfortunate confusion with marking one of Lancaster’s key players was able to score another goal. The game was followed by a couple more goals from Lancaster, which ended the game with a score of 5-1. Torch’s keeper Brittney Gadd had a few great saves with unfortunate goals against her. Although there were a few mistakes and the Torch ladies struggled to contain one of Lancaster’s players, they finished their first game strong and positive.