It was a very exciting game on the home field of the Road Runners. For more than three-fourths of the game, Road Runners controlled the ball, with most of the play taking place in their offensive zone. There were some great scoring chances that occurred early in the game by Road Runners' Edmond Sasson. One shot hit the post and two sailed a few feet over the cross bar. After several missed scoring chances, Wantagh took the lead in the first half with a scramble around the net where the ball landed in the net. Still no one can explain how that happened.
With the start of the second half, and with the customary motivational talk by trainer Dave Bond with support from coaches Rich Hendler and Sandra Sasson, the team scored on a penalty kick by Edmond Sasson within the first few minutes of the second half. The Road Runners continued to dominate the second half but unfortunately did not score another goal. The opponent's keeper was up to the task and did not let another ball in net.
As always, star keeper, Matthew Mueller, made some stellar saves. As usual, spirited plays came from right midfielder AJ Hendler, who with his contagious smile brought a unique blend of energy to the game. The defensive team of Daniel Belmont, Angad Ishar, Jake Goodstein, Adam Gottlieb, and Juan Carlos Gonzalez showed their usual formula for success: a rock solid defense!
The offensive push was led by Edmond Sasson, Adam Gottlieb, Alex Schifter, and AJ Hendler, all who had strong willpower from one end of the field to the other. Forwards, Adam Warner, who consistently controlled the ball to set up the Road Runners' offensive force, along with Jon Robeny, who played his finest game since joining the team a few weeks ago, and Matias Quarleri, all did a wonderful job of keeping the ball in the offensive side of the field.
Dave Bond commented after the game that "the team is coming around and that full effort and determination was there for the entire game. The kids should be proud of their play and progress on the field. There was never a lack of attitude or willpower." This past weekend, the Road Runner's game against Longwood was canceled due to rain and their Sunday game against Mineola will be reported on in next week's Great Neck Record.