June 15, 2013
Saturday was a fun day for PASC! Our seasonal Coaches Game kicked off with a record number of players. After ending in a tie, players and spectators headed to Red Robin to support our sponsor.
As the photograph above amply demonstrates, the spring renewal of the PASC Coaches’ Game attracted a bumper turnout.
Once again we had a welcome infusion of new blood (fortunately pre-match rather than post-match as seemed likely at one point) but more by luck than judgment on my part the two teams - Borussia Berger and Real Madeira - turned out to be pretty evenly matched.
Real Madeira had the early advantage but with Captain John Madeira for some reason seemingly more interested in playing to the crowd with cameos on the touchline their chances came and went without being converted, though much of that was due to the sterling defensive efforts of David Ervin and some solid work between the posts by guest keeper Steve French.
But with club president Brett Reightler also making some telling tackles and Drew Keister proving a formidable obstacle to get around, Borussia Berger gradually began to assert with Captain Trevin Berger putting his opposite number to shame with a box-to-box effort.
Pace at the back wasn’t a strong feature of the Madeira team despite some valiant marshalling by field coordinator Don Penrod and the latter stages of the first half saw Scott Dias having to make several forays out of his goal to keep Borussia Berger at bay. Despite his efforts, however, the Berger boys scored twice through Jim Jones and Chaz Snyder (looking very svelte in a customized tank-top version of the team shirt).
With his team down 2-0 at the break, Madeira delegated the half-time team-talk to Jack Habash who soon had the boys clapping and chanting. Unorthodox it may have been but it worked as Real Madeira once again started the half on top. Despite that the early signs did not look good for Real Madeira when the captain missed an open goal by blasting wide and once again showing that good looks are the only thing he shares with his compatriot Ronaldo. To make matters worse Trevin Berger netted a third goal to extend the lead to 3-0.
But with Habash showing plenty of bite in midfield and new Director of Coaching Patrick Birns doing just that (now we all have more than a little sympathy for the High School team) Real Madeira gradually fought their way back into the game. Scott Radio soon pulled one back with a blistering left-foot shot from well outside the area which flew into the upper 90 and then Orlando Roa added two more to tie the score at 3-3.
With the scores level, the game heated up as both sides pressed for the winner and both goalkeepers were called on more than once to keep their team in the game. Roa had a great chance to win it for Real Madeira when he evaded numerous tackles but slipped the ball just wide of the post while the final chance of the game saw Ervin rising superbly at a corner only to head the ball over the bar. Too much time on defense David!
So it was that the game ended in an honorable tie and this time not even Madeira wanted to go to penalty kicks.
Once again, thanks to everyone who turned out to play (and to watch). Hopefully we’ll all be back for the fall game in November.
Pictured above at Red Robin: 2013 Presidential Award recipient, Bert Mukkulainen with fellow Board of Director members Don Penrod, Brett Reightler, and John Madeira.
- iPad - Burke Family
- Flatscreen TV - Anthony Tobia
- Laptop - Jennie Marko
- Phillies Tickets - Diane Tommey
- Philadelphia Union Tickets - Michelle Pieroni
- Free PASC Registration -Diane Tommey
- Iron Pigs Tickets - Shawn Schofield
- Red Robin Gift Card - Joe Caqigas
- Spiritwear Gift Certificate - Diane Tommey
- Pizza Party - Roselle Birns
- Top Selling U5-U11 team - U11G coached by Carl Rucker. Players will be escorts to the Philadelphi Union vs FC Dallas game on June 29th. A minimum of 100 tickets had to be sold to be eligible for this award.
- Top Selling U12-U19 team - U14B coached by Bert Mukkulainen won two free tickets per player to a Philadelphia Union game of their choice. A minimum of 150 tickets had to be sold to be eligible for this award.