by Joe T.
They’re back, they’re brutal, and they’re ready to show New York who is the best soccer team in section 9. Coming off a humiliating 7-0 shutout in Downsville, The Family Falcons turned the tables and buried the Tri- Valley Bears with a similar score 8-0, except this time it was the Falcons in the winner’s circle.
Chris B. and Tim R. led the massacre with two goals apiece. Colin M., Lucas V- P., Alan G., and Steve R. all had points as well.
Hosting the Bears in the infamous “Falcons Nest,” the boys came out ready to silence the critics after their disappointing opening game. The beginning of the home opener showed many similarities to the poor playing behavior the boys portrayed in their massive lost from the day before; lack of communication, poor offensive blunders, and lack of team chemistry. Colin M. turned the game around, scoring the first goal of the season, off a rocket corner kick from Tim R. with five minutes left in the first half. “I was just taking a shot Tim delivered perfectly. I’m just happy we got our first goal out of the way. It felt amazing I had the privilege,” said Colin.
Coach Carlton Williams and his Falcons took the late lead and never turned back. Immediately following Colin’s goal, Falcon forward Lucas picked off the ball from the Bear’s speedy offense, and took possession down the field, followed by a strong kick that soared over the opposing goalie.
More offensive heroics were seen, with two minutes remaining, as Chris B. scored off a header from Tim R. again, and Alan G. sealed another goal after a breakaway from mid field with seconds left in the half. Family fans erupted with chants as halftime rolled around with their beloved hosts leading by 4 points.
Now knowing what strength and talent the Falcons possessed, the game blew away the second half with a win written all over for The Family School. Chris B. scored once again, and Tim R. nailed an absolute superb kick, completely out of the reach of Bear’s stunned defense landing in the back pocket of the net. Minutes later Steve R. added his own goal increasing the lead. “We were playing hard, and we kept driving up taking our shots,” said Steve. Tim R. tacked on one last goal to make the final score 8-0 for FFS.
With the help of the back defenders, mainly a zealous returning left stopper Kevin S., leader and other captain center defender Rodrick O., and minor experienced keeper Cameron S. the scoring threats were very rare for the Bears.
The squad will be preparing to perform once again as they welcome Sullivan West and Eldred this week to their campus. “I’m ready to show the other schools were here to stay and play hard,” said Tim R.