Perkasie, PA (6/16/13) - On Sunday June 16th the BuxMont Torch earned a 2-2 draw at home against National Premier Soccer League opponent Greater Binghamton F.C. (GBFC). A goal and an assist from Emmy Egbosimbah helped the Torch earn a tie against the second place team in the Keystone Conference.
The Father’s Day match opened with a spark of activity from Torch striker Sachem Wilson. Binghamton played two back passes from the kickoff and Wilson was able to intercept the second before dribbling deep into the 18 yard box and firing a shot that was saved by GBFC’s Jason Stenta. Six minutes later, GBFC would respond with a goal by Bozidar Jelovac who capitalized on a Torch defensive turnover before slotting home the first goal of the game. Jelovac would net his second of the match in the 28th minute after the referee called a foul on the Torch defense inside their own penalty area and gave GBFC a penalty kick. Faced with an early 2 goal deficit, Torch head coach Daniel Byrd made a substitution and brought on Emmy Egbosimbah in the 29th minute. The substitution yielded almost immediate dividends as Egbosimbah applied constant pressure to the GBFC back four and scored in the 34th minute off an assist from Austin Petrie.
Coming out of the halftime break, and with a week since their previous NPSL match, the Torch looked fresh, inspired, and committed to earning a good result on their home turf. Halftime substitute Wendell Gabriel was able to level the score at 2-2 with a goal in the 46th minute. The persistent pressure applied by Egbosimbah forced another GBFC turnover and allowed him to make a cross to Gabriel who corralled the ball on the left side of the Binghamton penalty area before unleashing a venomous right footed strike underneath the diving Stenta. The goal would be the last of a lively second half which saw both teams hold strong in their defensive halves of the field and attempt to work passing sequences through the midfield. Torch defenders Josh Kremers, Greg Terrell, Doug Cordi, and Kevin Skinker looked cohesive and competent in dealing with the GBFC offensive threats, while BuxMont keeper Jeremy Lee made five saves on the evening and was a strong vocal presence helping to coordinate defending efforts in front of him.
The Torch looked to build off of this result as they travel to face the Morris County Colonials on Wednesday June 19th. Binghamton gets back into action on Saturday June 22nd as they host the Pocono Snow.
Perkasie,PA (5/25/13) - The BuxMont Torch and Junior Lonestar FC, both of the Keystone Conference in the National Premier Soccer League, battled to a 1-1 tie on Saturday May 25th at Pennridge High School.
Under breezy and unseasonably cool temperatures, both teams opened the match with high energy and determination to grab three points. After controlling the majority of possession in the opening stages, the Torch were first to get on the board in the 16th minute. After a sequence of quick passes, the Torch were able to find left winger Tyler Bullock who beat his defender and cut across the middle of the field before curling a shot to the top right corner of the goal.
The Torch looked to increase their lead in the 40th minute as a cross from right winger Thomas Silva was again met by Bullock whose header clanged off the far post.
Junior Lone Star opened the second half with renewed energy and increased the defensive pressure. Head coach Bobby Ali added a trio of attackers in the 62nd minute and shifted his team to an aggressive 3-4-3 formation. The changes paid off as Junior Lone Star scored off a corner served in by Turay and headed into the back of the net by Coulibaly in the 70th minute.
The final twenty minutes offered much end-to-end action with chances for both teams to go ahead. The Torch back four of Skinker, Terrell, Cordi, and Petrie held strong with great individual defending as well as maintaining solid team shape to help prevent further close range efforts. Keeper Brandon West was a vocal leader throughout the match and made numerous aerial saves as Lone Star sent a flurry of late crosses into the box.
The tie puts the Torch at 4th place in the Keystone Conference standings while Junior Lone Star now sit at 7th. Both teams resume play this week with the Torch traveling to Pocono to take on the Snow on Wednesday May 29th followed by a trip to take on Clarkstown SC on Saturday June 1st. Junior Lone Star travels to take on the Snow on Saturday June 1st.
July 3, 2012 - Torch Battle Jersey City for the Second Time this Season
The Torch took on the Jersey City Eagles for the second time this season. The first time these two teams met, the Torch was unable to score on a PK. Jersey City scored on a PK in the game, and the final score finished 1-0. The Torch was expecting yet another physical game, which it was. Jersey City went ahead early on a PK call from the referee which was a rather harsh call. Unfortunately for the Torch, the referee failed to award the Torch a PK at the other end when Juan Niño was sandwiched in the box. A few quality scoring chances came throughout the half for both sides, but neither team was able to capitalize. Just before half, a foul that occurred fifteen to twenty yards outside the box, the referee allowed advantage to play through. On the advantage, a Jersey City player got off a shot which was blocked by a Torch defender. However, the referee still called the play back for a free kick, despite their being a shot off the advantage play. The free kick resulted in a Jersey City corner. On the corner, the ball bounced around in the box and was eventually poked in the Torch net. Score at the half: 2-0. In the second half, the Torch would face even more adversity and would have to try to fight to get back in the game. Not long into the second half, the referee awarded Jersey City a free kick from just outside the box. The free kick was awarded to Jersey even though it looked as though the Torch player was the one fouled. On the resulting free kick, a ball that bounced around in the box, which failed to be cleared, was volleyed into the net. 3-0 Jersey City. In a game that started to get chippy, the Torch nearly pulled the game within two goals. A ball sent through to Jesse Sharp, was chipped over Jersey's keeper for a goal. However, the sideline referee called offsides, even though Sharp seemed to come from behind the defender. Torch nearly scored again seconds later as Lumbayi is slipped through on goal from a cheeky pass from Niño. However, Lumabyi was unable to finish over a sliding Jersey keeper. The Torch troubles continued minutes later as Jersey City got their fourth goal on a shot that dinged off the inside of the far post. An unforced error in the back from Jersey gave the ball to Niño with only the keeper to beat to make the game 4-1. Minutes later, the Torch was awarded a free kick outside the box. Niño took the free kick quickly and slipped a Torch player in on goal. However, the goal was disallowed as the referee wanted the Torch to wait for a whistle. However, the Torch did not ask for space from Jersey's wall, and no stoppage in play was warranted. Despite the call, Juan Niño scored on a beautiful free kick making the score 4-2. The Torch was hoping they could still find their way back into the game with ten minutes left to play. However, some "smart" tactics from Jersey allowed for some time to be wasted in the game. As the second half came to a close, some silly fouls were dished out by Jersey, keeping the Torch from getting any flow to the game. Despite some tough decisions and play meant the Torch had to fight to overcome adversity. Even though the game ended 4-2, the Torch could be proud of the way they responded in the second half. The Torch have two remaining games on their schedule this season.
June 30, 2012 - Torch Men Fail to Score Multiple Goals in 2-1 Loss
The Torch men's team was also back in action on Saturday against Junior Lone Star. The Torch men would be looking to improve from the first time they faced Lone Star. The Torch controlled the game very well in the first half. Lone Star only had 10 men throughout the game, and the Torch capitalized on that in the first half with their possession. The Torch created many scoring opportunities in the half. Although they were not able to capitalize on many of their chances, the Torch did get a goal from Gary Bruce. Matt Edgar played a ball through to Bruce, who finishes in the corner. Despite many more chances for the Torch in the first half, the Torch entered the second half with only a one goal lead. However, they looked confident enough to add to their lead in the second half. The second half did not go quite as the Torch had planned. Lone Star got a goal to open the second half scoring. The goal came off a toe poke that was blasted into the roof of the goal. The Torch continued to look dangerous going forward; however, Lone Star was able to counter the Torch attack. Lone Star added to their lead when no. 39 ripped a shot from 20 yards out into the upper 90. The Torch did not seem a strong going forward after letting in the second goal. Part of the reason is that Lone Star began packing it in defensively. A few late half subs were unable to give the Torch the spark they needed as the game ended 2-1. The men are back in action on Tuesday against Jersey City.
June 23, 2012 - Different Team, Slightly Different Result
The last time BuxMont and Pocono met, the Torch won convincingly. The BuxMont Torch men looked for a similar result against Pocono Snow on Saturday. Unfortunately, both teams had different personnel going into the game. For Pocono that meant some of their starters they were missing in the first game would be playing. For the Torch, injuries and other circumstances left the Torch with an entirely different team. This also meant the Torch might want to rethink their game strategy. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. The Torch offense did not seem to connect the way they did in the first game. The Torch will look to finish the season strong. The next game is a home game against Junior Lone Star. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm on June 30th.
June 20, 2012 - Torch Win Over Snow Could be just what They Need to Turn the Season Around
The Torch was taking on the Pocono Snow, who was just above the Torch at the bottom of the table heading into last night's contest. Playing an opponent with just one win, the Torch viewed this contest as a great opportunity to get their first win of the season. The Torch came out dominating possession. However, for most of the first half, the Torch was unable to produce the final ball to complete the beautiful spells of possession and one-touch passing. Goal keeper, Jake Berry, did have to come up big once or twice in the first half from a few rare chances by the Snow. However, the Torch looked the most dangerous side in the first half. Ryan Pereus had a great chance of a strong header from a corner sent in by Juan Niño. His header sailed just over the bar. Gary Bruce also had a few good chances in the first half. A ball crossed in by Cory Greiser found his head, but the ball glided just wide of the post. He also found himself in a one-on-one with the keeper on a ball played in by JP Fulton. Bruce did well to be the keeper but was unable to turn the ball goal-ward towards an empty net before it went over the end line. Jesse Sharp looked like a man possessed in the first half, fans could tell he wanted to get his first goal of the season and that he likely was going to get it. He had a few chances within the first half, the Snow goalie came up big to keep out a few of his shots. However, sharp would get the goal he had been searching for just a few minutes before half. JP Fulton played a ball in towards the feet of Bruce who let it roll through to Sharp. Sharp received the ball with a defender on his back. A nasty turn then provided him with a one-one-one with the keeper which he finished well. Sharp had another chance to double the lead going into half, but the Snow keeper made himself big to keep out the shot. The score was 1-0 going into the half. Jake Berry had to immediately come up big in the second half by keeping out a dangerous ball sent through to a Snow forward. Berry was quick off his line and got enough on the ball to keep out the poke attempt. This may have been a wake-up call for the Torch. Even though they were dominating the game, a quick counter opportunity could give the Snow hope. After the goal, the Torch settled in and began establishing their dominance in the form of possession. Jesse Sharp had yet another chance to double the lead, but the Snow goalkeeper was doing everything he could to try to keep the Snow in the game. Just under 20 minutes into the second half, the Torch got their second of the match. Juan Niño slipped a ball in beautifully to Gary Bruce who made no mistake of this opportunity, slotting the ball easily past the keeper. The floodgates were now open as Bruce added to his goal tally for the season and gave the Torch a 3-0 lead. Bruce beat the defender on the left side and fired a shot low across the keeper, who was unable to do anything about the rip. Gary Bruce had a chance to make it 3 in the match just a few minutes later. However, he was unable to lift the ball over the sliding Snow keeper. With time running down in the match, Jesse Sharp had a few more great looks at goal but was unable to finish. However, that was not about to break his confidence as he was to get his second of the game with just a few minutes left in the game. JP Fulton made the defender look silly on the end-line, crossing him up twice, and served a beautiful ball into the feet of Sharp who tapped in easily. That was Fulton's second assist of the game. Final score 4-0 Torch. The Torch will look to double their wins for the season with another dominant performance against Pocono on Saturday, June 23. This could be just the confidence boost the Torch need to finish the season strong, as they have been playing some great football. Hopefully this momentum will propel the Torch to finish out the season unbeaten!
June 17, 2012 - 4 Goals are Not Enough to Beat the Crusaders
The Torch men was hoping to provide a Father's Day present to all the Dads that support the team with their first win of the season. They were taking on the AC Crusaders, who beat the Torch 3-2 the first time the two squads met. The Torch did not start the game well as they let up two early goals to the Crusaders. After the Torch starting line failed to threaten the Crusader, some subs were made around the 30 th minute. The subs seemed to provide some momentum as the score remained 2-0 going into the half. All of the Torch momentum going into the second half was thwarted by a quick goal from the Crusaders making the score 3-0. But the Torch were not about to give up easily. Just seven minutes into the second half, the Torch got a goal back making it 3-1. Two goals in less than five minutes from Gary Bruce tied the score at 3-3. Goals were score in the 60 th and 63 rd minutes. However, ten minutes later the Crusaders score two quick goals of their own making the score 5-3 Crusaders and potentially putting the game out of reach. Matt Edgar did score with a few minutes left in the half bringing the game within reach. As the game reached the end, Juan Nino nearly tied the game as his strike was saved off the crossbar. Final score 5-4 to the Crusaders, next game June 20 th against Pocono Snow. It is a home game that starts at 7:00 PM.
June 16, 2012 - Jersey Eagles Prevent Torch from Earning First Win of the Season
The BuxMont Torch men's team was back in action against the Central Jersey Eagles. The game was physical from the start. Despite this fact, both teams had their fair share of possession to open up the first half. Both sides looked dangerous off of corners and set pieces as the first half winded down. A penalty was awarded to the Torch which would give the Torch a critically early lead. Kai Kasiguran, in his first game for the Torch, stepped up to take the PK. However, the penalty was saved which would later prove crucial for the Torch. A couple of yellow cards were given out to end the first half. Jesse Sharp nearly had his first goal of the season as he headed the ball into the net off a set piece. However, the referee ruled offsides as the goal was disallowed. The physical play continued into the second half as several yellow cards are awarded. With less than thirty minutes left in the second half, the Torch give up another penalty. The Eagles capitalize on the opportunity making the game 1-0. The Torch push hard to get an equalizer but it is to no avail. The game ends in a 1-0 disappointing loss for the Torch. They will look to respond in just a few hours as the men take on the AC Crusaders for a second time this season. Game time is scheduled for 5:00 PM.
June 13, 2012 - Torch Men Earn First Point of the Season in a Draw
The BuxMont Torch men's team was eager to get its first win of the season after a very strong showing against the league leading FC Sonic. To do this, the Torch would have to beat the Morris County Colonials, who were also unbeaten going into last night's match. Game time was scheduled for 8:15 PM. The Torch looked very nervous to start the match. High pressure from the Colonials forced the Torch into some bad touches and poor decisions which lead to several turnovers. The Colonials looked to capitalize on the Torch's lack of confidence on the ball and looked dangerous going forward. They were also playing some nice one-touch football of their own to counter the Torch's high pressure. Just ten minutes in, the Colonial's pressure paid off as they earned a penalty. Penalty was successfully taken by number 10. Colonials looked to add to their lead as their pressure intensified and their offense looked to create dangerous chances. The Torch defense looked to be on their heels, and nothing was flowing for their offense. A foul out wide of the Torch eighteen allowed for a dangerous ball to be played into the box. One of the Colonial players got a decent head to the ball but put it over the net. The Torch needed something to change the momentum of the game. That opportunity came just a few minutes later, when a nasty challenge on outside mid, JP Fulton, gave the Torch a free-kick from midfield. The ball sent in was helped on by Cory Greiser which fell to Gary Bruce who volleyed the ball. The shot took a deflection on its way to the goal and found its way to the back of the net. The goal was scored 25 minutes into the game. Even though the goal gave the Torch new hope, the Colonials continued to pressure, force turnovers, and create chances. A ball from Colonial corner just a few minutes later bounced around in the box and was eventually saved off the line. However, not too much later the Torch had a few of their own chances. A free-kick from 35 yards out from Juan Niño forced a great save from the Colonial keeper which resulted in a Torch corner. Chris Phillips had a wide open header on the corner from Juan Niño; he headed just off target. Both sides looked uneasy with the ball at their feet as the pressure from both sides seemed to disrupt any flow to the game. With just under 10 minutes left in the first half, the Torch was able to gain procession of the ball. Midfielder Juan Niño received the ball in the middle of the pitch with room to turn. He played a ball in behind the left back. The ball looked slightly too heavy for outside mid Cory Greiser to run on to. However, Greiser was able to get to the ball and played a blind cross into the eighteen. The ball fell to Ryan Pereus on the back post who headed the ball goalward . The ball may have been going in the net, but Gary Bruce helped the ball in as he scored his second of the game. The Torch looked to enter the half with a 2-1 lead. However, in stoppage time, a ball cleared over the head of the Colonial defense was chased down by Cory Greiser. His pressure was enough to force a weak header back to the keeper from the Colonial defender. Greiser was able to get a foot to the ball before the keeper could cover. The ball was poked into the back of the net for the Torch's third of the half. The score was 3-1 going into the half. Even though the colonials were down two, they came out attacking in the second half. A few early corners provided some dangerous scoring opportunities as the players seemed to be playing pinball inside the Torch eighteen. After some space opened up in the midfield allowed for a rip by number 14 from the Colonials, the Torch coach looked to make some changes in the Torch's mid. The subs did not seem to be affecting the Colonial pressure and attacking threats as Fulks is forced to make a decent save after the Torch give up the middle of the field. Just a few minutes later the Colonial pressure forced another turnover in the midfield. Number 7 from the Colonials turned and hit an absolute firecracker from 35 yards out that sailed its way into the upper 90. The Colonials had a chance to equalize just a few minutes later as Fulks is able to keep out a breakaway and recover in time to save th e rebound. The Torch needed to do something to change the momentum or to avoid the Colonial pressure. They got the break they needed when midfielder Teddy Krzywiecki tried to weight a beautiful ball into the Torch forward running on. However, the Colonial defender just got a toe to the ball as he slid to prevent the breakaway. The ball deflected off the defender and spun into the back of the net. With their second two goal lead of the match, the Torch looked favored to win. However, some questionable calls by the referees were keeping the Colonials in the match and the Colonials looked to capitalize. The Torch defense started to look a little shaky as the Colonials were playing desperately to try to climb back into the game. As the game started to wind down, the Torch defense was doing everything possible to thwart the Colonial attack. With just under five minutes left in the game, Jesse Sharp scooped the ball over the Colonial defense to put Matt Finkbeiner through on goal. Finkbeiner was taken down in the box and the Torch was awarded a penalty that would surely put the game out of reach. Juan Niño stepped to the spot to take the penalty. His shot was saved by the Colonial keeper but the reb ound fell to Jesse Sharp. Sharp's attempt on goal hit the crossbar as the Torch were unable to convert on the opportunity. In just a blink of an eye the ball was at the other end of the field and the ball winded up in the back of the Torch net. The goal brought the Colonials within one. Unbelievably, the Torch let up another goal just a few minutes later. This is a script you only see in movies; two goals in less than a minute after a missed PK attempt. Both sides looked to push and get the game winner. With just under 30 seconds left in the match, a ball fell to a Colonial player who was wide open in front of the Torch net. He put the shot wide which would have won it for the Colonials. The Torch seemed fortunate to walk away with a draw despite being up two goals twice in the match. The Torch are still searching for their first win of the season as they take on the Central Jersey Eagles on Saturday. This is a home game scheduled to kickoff at 7:00 PM.
June 9, 2012 - Men Lose in Heartbreak to League Leaders FC Sonic
The BuxMont Torch men’s team was back in action Saturday night against undefeated FC Sonic. The game was scheduled for 7:00 PM. Players and coaches were optimistic going into the game after a strong showing in their previous match. Both teams looked to be very strong and very confident with the ball throughout the game. Each team created quality chances throughout the first half. A few minutes into the match, midfielder Lawrence Lartey hit a screaming volley that was well kept out by the Sonic keeper. The best opportunity for Sonic came early on when Torch keeper Kyle Fulks bobbled a shot that almost crossed the goal line. However, he was able to recover in time to save the ball off the line. The Sonic had a slight edge in shots during the first half; however, most of the shots were off target. Juan Nino hit a great strike from a set piece just before half that was well saved by the Sonic keeper. The game was scoreless after the half. In the second half, the Sonic looked to create scoring chances early on, but the Torch defense was stalwart. FC Sonic had their best scoring chance of the game off an indirect free kick in the box. Since the free kick was only 6-yards out, the Torch wall was able to close down and prevent the shot from reaching the goal. Midway through the half, forward Seth Mangum had a great one-on-one opportunity that he failed to finish. Both sides than began to try to push numbers forward to get the game winner. With only 2 seconds left in the game, Sonic scored their only goal of the match. A shot saved by Torch keeper Kyle Fulks fell unfortunately to a Sonic player who had an easy tap in. Despite the losing effort, the Torch men have nothing to hang their heads about. They held their own against one of the best teams in the leagues. Even though the Torch lost on the scoreboard, they were victorious in how they portrayed Christ on the field. The Torch are back in action on Wednesday night against the Morris County Colonials. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
June 6, 2012 - BuxMont Men Fight Hard in Losing Effort
The BuxMont Torch men's team was back in action against AC Crusaders on Wednesday night for their home opener. The Torch opened the scoring with a goal just one minute into the game. The goal came off the head of an AC defender as he was trying to clear out a vicious cross in by Torch's Manny Lumbayi . The AC keeper attempted to keep the header out of the net but the ball ended up crossing over the goal line. The remainder of the first half was a very physical battle; both teams struggled to maintain possess ion and create quality scoring c hances. Both Jesse Sharp and Larwence Lartey had to great opportunities that they pushed off target. The game looked to be heading to half-time with the Torch maintaining the one goal lead. However, defender Eddie Stene attempted to chest down a long ball and gave up possession to AC in the attacking third. Two passes later found an AC forward with a one-on-one opportunity with the Torch keeper. The AC forward buried the chance. The game was 1-1 going into the half. AC went ahead in the game with a PK scored by one of their forwards. The PK was awarded due to a jersey grab by Torch defender Chris Phillips. However, the Torch quickly responded with a n immaculate strike by Juan Ni ñ o into the upper-ninety. A few minutes later Juan Niño threaded a brilliant ball in for forward Gary Bruce who should have finished the chance. Unfortunately, Bruce pushed the ball just wide of the far post that would have put the Torch in front . The game remained a stalemate with both teams pushing to get the go-ahead goal. With a little over ten minutes left in the game AC was awarded a second PK from yet another jersey grab. This time it was defender Matt Edgar responsible for the infringement. The PK was placed to the right of Torch keeper Kyle Fulks giving the AC Crusaders a 3-2 lead. The Torch had a great chance to tie the game with only minutes remaining. Juan Ni ñ o received a ball pulled back across the eighteen that he put over the net. The game ended with a score of 3-2 in favor of Crusaders. Although the Torch lost the game, it was a great show ing from the Torch players who looked to be the stronger side. The Torch men are back in action Saturday night at 7:00 PM. The game is at home following the women's game.
June 3, 2012 - BuxMont Torch Men Battle Hard in 4-1 Loss
The BuxMont Torch men's team was in action against Junior Lone Star FCSunday night. Game time was scheduled for 5:00 PM. Junior Lone Star jumped to an early lead with two quick goals within the first ten minutes of the game. The Torch looked to settle in defensively after conceding. Just when the Torch had begun to gain some confidence with some quality possession, Junior Lone Star scored their third goal of the match just a few minutes before half. The Torch did respond with a goal of their own just before half. Goal was scored by Number 23, Juan Niño; assisted by Number 32, JP Fulton. JP curled a beautiful ball in behind the Lone Star defense which was headed in by Juan from a few yards out. The score going into the half remained 3-1. The Torch looked much more comfortable during the second half. They controlled much of the game with their possession and created some quality scoring chances. Forward Jesse Sharp, Number 4, missed finding the back of the net from another brilliant cross by JP Fulton which would have brought the Torch within a goal of Junior Lone Star. The Torch continued to control possession in the remainder of the second half. However, Junior Lone Star got a fourth goal off a clearance by Torch goalkeeper Jake Berry, Number 30, which went straight into the chest of one of the Lone star forwards. Although the game ended 4-1, the Torch were encouraged by the second half. Although they still have some things to work out in the defense and team chemistry, team captain Matt Edgar had this to say about the game: " Great to be back on the pitch, got great potential this year and we were all blessed to play and meet the Lone Star team." The Torch men are back in action on June 6 th at 7:00 PM against A.C. Crusaders. Game will be hosted at Pennridge High School.