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ESPL Week 4 – Big Goals

Let’s wrap up week 4 in the ESPL, where we saw a lot of great goals and another red card to send a player out for a few weeks!

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Halo hosted Real Olympia in the first game of the week. There was no scoring in the first half but Ghudra Nmamba broke the drought at 54′ for Halo. The next goal came one minute later at 55′ when Arlow Powers scored for Real Olympia to bring them even. At 77′ Scott Stennon delivers the winning goal from over 20 yards out to give Halo the victory.

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Knightsquare hosted Allen FC in the second game of the week. Knight square’s Claude Deveraux scored at 23′ to put the hosts up early in the first half. The second half saw November Nstinga at 61′ just plain outrun the defense to put a goal into the corner to even things up for the final draw.

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Naval Armada hosted Gothica in the highest scoring game of the ESPL. William Tavern put the first goal for Naval Armada at 19′ in a decisive way. Naval Armada went in for another one when Vance Alexander scored at 38′, making the home crowd feel as if they were unstoppable. Gothica snuck one in when Victor Vesselin spun to score at 41′ for the last goal of the half. The second half saw the scoring bust wide open when Matt Craven scored for Naval Armada at 49′ to extend the lead. Vance Alexander earns a yellow card to give a penalty kick to Donovan Righte at 55′, giving Gothica another breath of hope. Khan Galaxy, heralded “best player in the league,” scores for Naval Armada at 60′ when he floated a free kick just over the wall and under the keeper to put the hosts even further out. At 73′ Gothica’s Juan Avilaperez put in a fabulous shot to try to close the gap again. At 80′ Naval Armada’s Xavier Masters puts in another beautiful shot to maintain the lead. That didn’t last long, though, as at 81′ Donovan Righte knocks in his second goal of the game. At 88′ Gothica’s Hiro Takahashi evens the score at 5-5 with a lovely header off of a corner kick. Donovan Righte earned a yellow card at 89′ for taking out Khan Galaxy’s legs but the game ended with the draw.

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Emerald United hosted Sporting Black Cats in the fourth game of the week and the last one for Sunday, January 24. In only 13′, Garrett Parker puts the first goal in from the edge of the keeper’s box to put Emerald United in the lead. Victor Khrushchev scores an equalizer at 35′ for Sporting Black Cats. The second half saw the only score of the game come at 53′ from Joe Olman on Emerald United’s corner kick to win 2-1.

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Wordsmiths hosted Shazam CM for the first “highlight” game of the week. Jason White scores at 4′ for Wordsmiths to give the home crowd something to cheer about. At 10′ Calvin Casey puts in the second one for Wordsmiths. Calvin Casey earns a yellow card that helps Corey Carson score at 34′ from a penalty kick. At 36′ Hoshi Tanaka scores the equalizer for Shazam, quieting the crowd quiet a bit for the rest of the half. The second half opened up with a goal at 78′ Karl Schmidt scores for Shazam, giving the away side the lead for the first time in the match. At 83′ Carlos Marcos scores for Shazam when he dribbles right through the defense and into the goal. Josh Franklin scores at 87′ and gives Wordsmiths their third goal of the match. Shazam finishes things off by scoring at 91′ when Taoufik Belbani puts a solid shot right past the keeper to give Shazam the win at 5-3.

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Shamrock Celtic hosted Vulcan FC in the spotlight game of the week. At 9′ Casin Klopp scores first for Vulcan, earning the first opening goal for an away side to open a match this week. Casin Klopp earned himself a yellow card for taking down Arak Shemin, who at 30′ scored for the home side with a well placed free kick. At 38′ Arak Shemin scores again with a beautiful shot right into the corner of the net, just past the keeper’s reach. At 40′ Thor Skjelstad earned a yellow card but Vulcan couldn’t capitalize on the error. The second half saw Thor Skjelstad score at 58′ to put Shamrock Celtic’s third score for the match in with authority. At 72′ Tsung Zhang scored for Vulcan, closing the gap. Arbo Muvata earned a yellow card to give Luis Suarez a penalty kick score at 78′ to extend the Shamrock Celtic lead. Dzung Tran scored at 88′ to help Vulcan close the gap. Casin Klopp earns his yellow/red card when he takes out Arak Shemin for a second time, causing him to be ejected from the match for only the injury time, though the loss for Vulcan is huge.

Week 4
GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
Shazam CM 4 3 1 0 9 5 4 10
Gothica 4 2 2 0 12 10 2 8
Shamrock Celtic 4 2 2 0 8 6 2 8
Allen FC 4 2 2 0 6 4 2 8
Halo 4 2 1 1 8 7 1 7
Emerald United 4 2 1 1 5 4 1 7
Naval Armada 4 1 3 0 9 8 1 6
Sporting Black Cats 4 1 0 3 6 8 -2 3
Wordsmiths 4 1 0 3 9 12 -3 3
Real Olympia 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 2
Knightsquare 4 0 1 3 8 11 -3 1
Vulcan FC 4 0 1 3 8 11 -3 1

The top club is now Shazam CM, the fourth club in the first four weeks to own the top spot. They defeated Wordsmiths, the first club to hold the top spot to really show they deserved to be on top, at least for this week. In a surprise, Naval Armada boasts a lot of good players but is sitting in the middle of the table without a loss but having more draws than wins. Gothica does slide one spot to second but they proved with their power scoring that they aren’t going anywhere and are eyeballing the top spot still.

Join us next week for more ESPL action!

ESPL Update

Hey, everybody. After seeing how this all works out and discovering how time consuming the individual posting has become, I’m going to switch now to a single “whole week” summary format. That will allow me to update more things (beyond the ESPL) and frees me up to do what I need to do in order to update MORE of this site, not just the ESPL.

Thank you for your understanding.

Week 3 ESPL Wrap Up

Week 3
GP W D L GF GA GD PTS
Gothica 3 2 1 0 7 5 2 7
Allen FC 3 2 1 0 5 3 2 7
Shazam CM 3 2 1 0 4 2 2 7
Shamrock Celtic 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
Naval Armada 3 1 2 0 3 2 1 5
Halo 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
Emerald United 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Wordsmiths 3 1 0 2 6 7 -1 3
Sporting Black Cats 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 3
Real Olympia 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
Vulcan FC 3 0 1 2 5 7 -2 1
Knightsquare 3 0 0 3 7 10 -3 0

Week 3 was exciting and interesting, as multiple officiating teams seemed to let the games play on rather than hold up the flow with yellow and red cards. Topping the table is Gothica, with Allen FC in a strong position at second place. Knightsquare is at the opposite end of the table, completely without any points at all. They’re the only club to have failed earning as little as a draw.

This is also the first week we’ll look at the top goal scorers of the league. Simon Tarken’s hat trick puts him among elite company with 3 goals, along side Jesse Davis and Dae Ho Park. If the league table doesn’t reflect what we thought would happen at the beginning of the season, the top three goal scorers are representative of what we believed would happen. Naval Armada, Gothica, and Emerald United hold the top three scorers and we expected those clubs to be at the top of the table, too.

Gothica, Allen FC, and Shazam CM all seem to be rolling strong early in the season, but can they continue at the clip they’re all going at? Gothica is heralded as the best club in the league as they spent the most money and got more of the top talent than any other effort in the league.

Week 4 has a couple of interesting matchups: Naval Armada hosts Gothica, Wordsmiths host Shazam CM, Emerald United hosts Sporting Black Cats, and Knightsquare fights for their first point in the league against the number two club in the league Allen FC.

Jan 18 – Naval Armada vs Halo

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The featured match of the week was a rough and tumble battle in the first half, with free kicks by both sides multiple times. No cards were issued but there was plenty of petitioning going on to get them.

The second half saw some bigger action, at 51′ Shinji Yamagashi put the ball into the net off of the goalkeeper to put Halo up 1-0. At 54′ Jesse Davis for Naval Armada sneaks one past the Halo goalkeeper to even things up.

The final score was a 1-1 draw.

“It’s hard not getting a clear victory,” said Khan Galaxy, Naval Armada¬†team captain. “I hope we can get better for next week.”

“Too bad we couldn’t hold on for the win,” said Scott Stennon, Halo team captain.

Jan 18 – Allen FC vs Vulcan FC

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Vulcan FC opens up the game at 8′ when Fuji Takei is faster than all the defenders and puts the goal straight into the net without much resistance from the goalkeeper to give them a 1-0 lead. There were several free kicks given but no cards for the rest of the first half as both teams seemed to be playing a little free with their tackling attempts, though nothing like other matches that occurred this week.

The second half was a tight fight between the two teams until Shawn Rock at 82′ puts the ball into the net for the equalizer.

The final score 1-1 draw.

“Whenever there is a solid match between two clubs like this we try to show what we’re made of,” said Jacque Lareaux, team captain of Vulcan FC. “We went up early but couldn’t hold on. We’ll give things a bigger try next time.”

“Coming out of this with only one point is disappointing,” said Charles Alexander, team captain of Allen FC. “It’s better than no points, I suppose, but we were playing so well.”

Jan 17 – Shazam CM vs Real Olympia

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The first half was a tense battle between two clubs that just didn’t want to give an inch. The tone was set to be a rougher match due to the wild tackles that were going un-carded, giving the players on both sides the encouragement to keep up the wild pace. There were no goals or cards in the first half, just a solid half of football.

At 61′ in the second half, Tim Bailey on Real Olympia put one into the net and gave Real Olympia a 1-0 lead. The sole yellow card of the match came at 66′ when Hoshi Tanaka completely took Tim Bailey’s legs out from under him, forcing him to leave the match. At 77′ Jackson Alexander rockets one in from the edge of the box to even the score at 1-1. At 88′ Drago Petroff puts the ball into the net off of a lovely free kick, giving Shazam CM the lead.

The final score Shazam CM 2-1.

“Tim Bailey going out that was way tough,” said Severus MacLain, Real Olympia’s team captain. “We just couldn’t seem to get ourselves back in the rhythm after that.”

“Being down 1-0 was a tough start,” said Taoufik Belbani, Shazam CM’s team captain. “When Jackson put his goal in, then Petroff followed that up with a brilliant follow up, we couldn’t have been happier.”

Jan 17 – Shamrock Celtic vs Sporting Black Cats

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Only 3′ into the game and Shamus O’Mara puts the first goal into the net for Shamrock Celtic, giving them an early 1-0 lead. This put the crowd into good spirits as at 29′ Zane Faulken puts Shamrock Celtic up 2-0 with a strong shot right past the goalkeeper. The opponents managed to put their first goal in at 39′ when Gene Blankenship snuck one just over the line making the game 2-1. Blankenship almost had a second goal but it bounced off the bar just before the end of the first half.

The second half has the crowd energized still from the events of the first half and at 67′ Kip Nguyen puts Shamrock Celtic’s third goal into the net in a grand fashion, upending the goalkeeper who essentially did a cartwheel to try for the block. Both clubs then played strong football as the regulation time elapsed, though in extra time at 91′ Kai Funaka gave Sporting Black Cats hope with a second goal, which the club used to attempt an equalizer until time ran out.

The final score Shamrock Celtic 3-2.

“We got the supporters rocking for this one,” said Shamus O’Mara, the first goal scorer for Shamrock Celtic. “Once we were up, that was all the motivation we needed to stay up.”

“They played a strong match,” said Avondale Borusa, Sporting BC’s team captain. “I can’t even imagine how lopsided this would have been if Patrick Barnes was playing as well.”

Jan 17 – Wordsmiths vs Emerald United

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Wordsmiths proved to be quite the hosts as they showed some strong defensive skills early in the half and went on to have six full chances at scoring before Emerald United asserted themselves. At 44′ Dae Ho Park launched a goal into the corner, just beyond the keeper’s reach. The first half ended without any further from either club.

The second half proved to be something of a poser. Both Emerald United and Wordsmiths put the ball into the net but each time the offsides call had been made, frustrating everyone involved. The match turned rough but no penalties, yellow cards, or anything further than a warning was given.

The final score was Emerald United 1-0.

“We got the win,” said Trent Areonak, Emerald United’s team captain. “At the end of the day, that’s what matters.”

“Bunk,” said Travis Trevors, Wordsmiths’ team captain. “There were penalties all over that pitch and the officials didn’t issue anything to anyone for anything. It’s so frustrating when someone nearly gets taken out and there isn’t anything other than a free kick given.”

Jan 17 – Gothica vs Knightsquare

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Gothica wasted no time once the opening kick occurred, as Simon Tarken (the team’s captain) put a strong goal into the back of the net at 18′, without much resistance from Knightsquare. That seemed to wake up Knightsquare and their defensive prowess really kicked in, as they denied Gothica any further goals for the rest of the half.

The second half was where all the action was for this one… as Alan Marquardt, Knightsquare’s team captain, knocked in the equalizer at 60′, giving hope to the away team. Simon Tarken scored his second goal from way out beyond 20 yards to put Gothica back up 2-1 at 75′. Knightsquare evened the score back up at 82′ when Claude Devereaux snuck one into the corner just out of the keeper’s reach.¬†Alan Marquardt earned a yellow card for taking out Simon Tarken right in the box (at 85′), giving the superstar a chance for a penalty kick which went in on the left side, giving Tarken a hat trick (the first hat trick of the ESPL).

The final score, Gothica 3-2.

“I can’t believe that the referee gave them a penalty kick,” said Alan Marquardt. “We weren’t really in the box and I barely touched him. I guess that’s too late to change, though.”

“I got the first hat trick of the ESPL?” asked Simon Tarken. “Wonderful!”