Buxmont Torch drew 2-2 on June 25th in a highly competitive and contested Keystone conference match where playoff spots are currently up for grabs. West Chester United got the better of the possession in the first 20 minutes with Torch FC looking dangerous on the counter with the speedy outside mids Thiago Dos Santos and Dominic Powers offering great width on the left side. After the first 20 minutes the game started to become more physical when out of counter attack winger Thiago Dos Santos in the 22′ minute received a layoff from forward Phil Shafer and with not much pressure blasted a 30 yard shot off the near post and into the net stunning the West Chester defense. After this period Torch FC started to gain momentum and combine with some nice intricate passes in the midfield and forwards. However, in the 30th minute the Torch were forced to make a change after forward Phil Shafer pulled up with a groin strain after a long run down the line and had to leave the match making way for Brazilian forward and leading scorer Pedro Souza. After the substitution the game became more physical and animated with a dangerous challenge made on winger Thiago dos Santos near the end of the 1st half. However, the Torch added a second goal when forward Pedro Souza took a shot from the top of the 18 yard box which was saved but to a wide open Mitchell Robinson who tapped in the rebound for his first goal of the season. After this second goal the Torch went into halftime with a deserved lead.
The second half brought in two quick goals from West Chester United in the first five minutes. West Chester who came out with a renewed spirit scored in the 48th minute with a through ball to Jake Lister who finished off a half volley shot with aplomb into the corner past the outreached hands of goalkeeper Matt Palmer. Then, after conceding just minutes later West Chester added a second with a very similar play with a through ball being played on the ground to Francisco Palma who took a shot which deflected into the net in the 51st minute leaving the Torch stunned. After the quick barrage of attack from West Chester the Torch settled down and regained much more possession.
As the second half progressed the game opened up dramatically with end-to-end action and a couple of yellow cards from both teams, Torch FC outside back Matthew Giudice picked up a booking for a foul outside the box in the 72nd minute and a few minutes later (#6 for West Chester) received a yellow for impeding a dangerous run made by outside back Will Woodfin who could have been through for a dangerous counter attack in the 75th minute. After this series of action, the game settled down and the teams settled for a 2-2 draw not without a late chance by West Chester who in the 86th minute almost capitalized on a defensive error made by Torch FC.
Match Report by: Phil Shafer
Photo Credit: Joey Weever
Match Report: Buxmont Torch FC vs. West Chester United
Date: Sunday June 25, 2017
Weather: 78 F Partly Cloudy
Upcoming matches: Torch FC (4-2-2) remain in 3rd place and will travel to St. John Vianney High School in Trenton, NJ to take on 1st place New Jersey Copa FC (5-1-2) at 7pm on July 1st. Meanwhile West Chester FC (5-1-2) with tonight’s result falls to second place and will take on Greater Binghamton FC (0-8-0) at Visions field in Binghamton, NY.
Man of the Match: Thiago dos Santos / Midfielder
Torch FC Line-up: Goalkeeper #0 Matt Palmer, Right Back #10 Matthew Giudice, Center Back #21 Jeremiah Mateola (46′ #27 Tyler Smith) Center Back #3 Joshua Coupar, Left Back #5 Will Woodfin, Center Midfield #12 Khalil Karl, Center Midfield #17 Phil Hagerty (73′ #13 Jake Rudloff), Right Mid #11 Thiago Dos Santos, Left Mid #2Dominic Powers (71′ #20 Kenny Varady, 88′ #4 Cody Gangaware), Attacking Midfield #8 Mitchell Robinson (65′ #15 Cody Boerema), Forward #7 Phil Shafer (31′ #25 Pedro Souza)
The Buxmont Torch added a fantastic 4-2 win over Junior Lone Star FC from Philadelphia, PA to keep playoff hopes alive.
The Torch were highly motivated from the beginning and it was evident in the style of play this evening. From the beginning the Torch put pressure on The stars. In the 3rd minute forward Phil Shafer played a nicely weighted through ball to outside back Phill Hagerty who took the ball alone into the box where he was fouled by a Lone Star defender. Captain Khalil Karl moments later converted from the PK spot to give the Torch an early lead. Even after the early goal the Torch kept up the pressure and kept possession well until Northeast conference Star Anthony Allison scored in the 13th minute. Allison received a weighted ball over the top and finished a 1 v 1 against goalkeeper Matt Palmer.
After this goal the game evened out with both teams having a similar amount of possession and a few half chances being created most notably in the 25th minute when forward Anthony Allison latched onto a bad back pass to Matt Palmer who made a terrific save to deny Allison his second of the night. Towards the end of the half the Torch went more physical against the stars and nearly capitalized on several long throw-ins and free kicks. In the 41st minute Outside back Matthew Giudice threw in the ball deep into the Lonestar defensive end where it found the head of Forward Phil Shafer who knocked the ball down to Midfielder Phil Hagerty inside the box whose shot struck the Arm of the Lone Star defender but no penalty kick was awarded.
The second half saw a completely different tone to the first. The pace of the game was much slower and fewer chances were created. The play also became highly physical with several aerial battles and many fouls being committed. In the 63rd minute forward Anthony Allison of Junior Lone Star who was dangerous all night behind the Torch FC backline converted on another 1 V 1 against Torch Goalkeeper Matt Palmer. Shortly after, Torch FC turned on the pressure and received many free kicks in dangerous areas but Junior Lone Star remained resolute on defense. Later into the second half Torch FC coach Rich Sparling made several changes and brought in fresh legs and the floodgates opened with three goals being scored in a 7 minute period.
The first of which was scored by Midfielder Joey Weaver who received a lovely pass out wide from midfielder Phil Hagerty and finished the ball with a low right footed shot underneath the Lone Star keeper. Just minutes later Torch FC scored again in the 86th minute after outside back Matthew Giudice made a heroic run beating several Lone Star players to calmly slot a pass back to forward Pedro Souza who finished the shot calmly into the lower left corner for his fourth goal of the season and fourth game winning goal. The Torch put the icing on the cake when in the 90th minute Pedro Souza was brought down in the box where captain Khalil Karl finished from the spot for his second goal of the game.
Moments later the referee blew the final whistle. The 4-2 win improves Torch FC to a 4-2-1 record and propels them to 3rd place where Junior Lone Star drops to 3-4-0 dropping them into 6th position in a highly competitive Keystone conference with just three games remaining for both teams.
Upcoming Matches: Buxmont Torch hosts first place West Chester SC (5-1-1) Sunday June 25th at 6PM at PennRidge High School.
Junior Lonestar (3-4-0) travels to Millerville University to take on Seventh place Hershey FC (2-5-0)
Final: Buxmont Torch 4 x Junior Lone Star FC 2
Location: PennRidge High School Perkasie, PA 7PM
Weather: 80 F, Mostly Sunny
Goals: Khalil Karl (4’PK, 90’PK), Pedro Souza (86′), Joey Weever (83′)
Starting Line-up: Cody Boerema, Khalil Karl, Matthew Giudice, Matt Palmer, Tyler Smith, Will Woodfin (Cody Gangaware 38′), Joshua Coupar, Phil Hagerty (Joey Weever 77′), Kenny Varady (Dominic Powers 46′), Phil Shafer (Pedro Souza 67′), Mitchel Robinson (Jake Rudloff 61′)
Report written by: Phil Shafer / Torch FC
Photo Credit: Fernando DeSouza / Torch FC
Season summary for the Torch FC men’s team.
After losing 4-1 against Junior Lone Star in Torch FC’s season opener, the Torch men rebounded in a 4 game winning streak before losing in the 88′ minute to Hershey FC on June 17th at Pennridge High School. The loss was Torch FC’s first home loss in 2017 and placed Torch FC in fourth place behind Clarkstown Eagles (10pts) in the Keystone Conference standings.
On Wednesday, June 21st, Torch FC (10pts) will battle for three more points in a must win match against a strong Junior Lone Start (9pts) that sits in 5th place in the standings behind the Torch FC.
“This will be a tough match for us tonight”, said assistant coach Fernando DeSouza. “With the loss of our attacking midfielder David Shafer to the roster and coming off a last minute goal by Hershey last weekend is taking a toll on the team. But I am confident in character of our guys and that will be displayed on the field in tonights match”
After tonights game, Torch FC will have to secure another 3 points this weekend from the number 1 team in the standing West Chester United Predators (16pts). This match will be Torch FC men’s team last home game of the 2017 season and will take place at Pennridge High School.
Torch FC will be finishing off the 2017 season with two away games at Electric City Scranton and New Jersey Copa in the month of July.
Torch FC today announced the disappointing departure of David Shafer after suffering a season ending injury during practice on June 15th.
Shafer scored three goals and tallied two assists in four games played in 2017. He is a strong attacking midfielder with professional qualities and strengths. Torch FC without Shafer is 0-1-1 with one loss and one tie. Shafer’s game presence will be missed in the next 4 remaining matches of the 2017 season.
Assistant Coach Fernando DeSouza had some words of encouragement to say, “David is a great athlete and he will be back stronger and more determined. He is still young at only 21 and has many years to show the soccer world his best.”
The Torch Sports Ministry organization wants to wish David a speedy recovery and success in all his future endeavors.
Pedro Sousa scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win for Buxmont Torch. Man of the Match goal keeper Matt Palmer had a impressive performance to only allow 1 goal and 7 saves.
The Clarkstown Eagles traveled to Perkasie, PA with their top select team and showed much better side and play than the home side. Eagles controlled the game for the first 70 minutes, moving the ball effortlessly and scoring 2 times only to be waived off by officials for offsides. The Eagles defended much of the game only allowing less then a handful of shots by the front line of the Torch.
Only one of the Shafer brothers made the game day roster on Saturday evening for the Torch. Phil Shafer for the second time this season missed a game for due to health reasons. David Shafer showed signs of an ankle injury that occurred late into the match against Greater Binghamton and had to be substituted in the 64′ minute. Also due to injuries Khalil Karl did not play this match.
The first waive of subs was made by coach Sparling at the start of the second-half. A total of 6 substitution came in giving the home side a fresh look on the field. Tyler Smith, Pedro Sousa, Nick Marculo, Cody Gangaware, Jake Rudloff and Kenny Varady
The substitutions created a more possession style game for the home side and allowed Joshua Coupar to move into a center midfield position. Clarkstown did not have an answer and Torch pushed through with the first goal of the second half in the 70′ minute by left-mid Cody Gangaware. The goal did not stop Clarkstown Eagles strong presence in the field attacking wide and creating more shots on goal. Eagles broke through the defense for a goal only to be waived off by another offsides call.
The game picked up in the last 15 minutes for the Torch side controlling much of the midfield playing a more controlled soccer then the prior 75 minutes. Nick Marculo and Josh Coupar did much of the work in the middle when a through ball from Kenny Varady ended up in a collision by the Eagles goal keeper and defender that left Pedro Sousa all alone to walk into the six and score the game winning goal.
Take away: Clarkstown Eagles were the better side and the better team today with impressive starting eleven. The Buxmont Torch have a deep enough bench and grit to take down the top teams in the division. Technically, Clarkstown controlled much of the possession and created more chances to score.
Starters: Matt Palmer, Joshua Coupar, Dominic Powers, Jeremiah Mateola, Mitchell Robinson, David Shafer, Will Woodfin, Phil Hagerty, Thiago Dos Santos, Cody Boerema, Matthew Giudice
Substitutions: Cody Gangaware, Tyler Smith, Nick Marculo, Kenny Varady, Pedro Sousa
Man of the Match: Goal Keeper Matt Palmer
Torch FC traveled to West Chester, PA on May 31st to face the undefeated West Chester United on a beautiful Wednesday evening game that proved to be a defensive feat for both sides.
The play on the field was neck and neck till the final whistle. Both teams had scoring opportunities, starting off with much of the possession leaning towards West Chester abusing the space on the right side flank and forcing Torch FC to make a tactical change from the bench when Will Woodfin replaced defensive right-back Kenny Varady.
After the change, Torch FC’s defense came up big with Matthew Guidice, Joshua Coupar, Will Woodfin and Jeremiah Mateola not giving the wingers much space to make penetrations into the box eliminating the Predators shots on goal.
Early in the second half a cross from the left side ended up next to Thiago Dos Santos where he volleyed the ball into the left corner of the goal. West Chester’s goal keeper come up big with a dive to his right to hit the ball wide for a corner kick.
Torch FC showed their strengths in the transition game from the back to the outside wingers. The attack finally broke into the defense in the second-half when Phil Hagerty moved up into attacking-mid causing trouble defense line into the final third to come away with goal scoring opportunities. West Chester had a disciplined back line and minimized mistakes and did not give much space to work the ball.
Late in the 80th minute, Torch FC thought they had a penalty opportunity in the box, the non call came from a rough challenge on top of the 18 where Dos Santos ended up on the ground with many of the Torch players pleading for a call from the referee.
Matt Palmer, Torch FC goal keeper and Man of the Match nominee came up with an amazing sliding save late in the game, cutting off a scoring opportunity from West Chester that end up with a scrappy high cross over the back post.
The next match for the Torch FC men’s team will be on Sunday 4:30PM at Pennridge High School in Perkasie, PA. The next 4 games will all be at home and please visit our schedule www.torchsportsministry.org for more information.
Man of the Match: GK Matt Palmer, Big saves down the stretch for a 0-0 draw
Starting Lineup: #0 Matt Palmer, #3 Joshua Coupar, #20 Kenny Varady (46′ #5 Will Woodfin), #10 Matt Giudice, #25 Pedro Sousa (66′ #15Nick Marculo), #11 Thiago Dos Santos, #21 Jeremiah Mateola, #17 Phillip Hagerty, #2 Dominic Powers, #2 Khalil Karl, #8 Mitchell Robinson (14’#15 Cody Boerema , 69′ Cody Gangaware)
Subs: #15 Cody Boerema, #15Nick Marculo, #4 Cody Gangaware, #5 Will Woodfin
Torch FC (1,1) wins important game of the season in a 3-2 showdown at Hershey High School Stadium. Torch FC came out strong from the start using the speed of the wingers Cody Boerema and Thiago Dos Santos. Dos Santos was able to easily run past Hershey FC (0,2) defense only to be fouled inside 18 by a defender trying to stop his chances of scoring. With only two minutes passed, Torch FC had an opportunity to go 1 nill when Phil Hagerty took the penalty shot only to be saved by Hershey keeper.
In the 6th minute, Thiago again took a chance at the defense from the right side and was able to cross a beautiful ground ball across the goal to Phil Shafer, who scored his first goal of the season against his former team at his first career appearance for Torch FC.
The two Shafer brothers, Phil and David, had great chemistry and were able to control much of the ball for Torch FC in the middle and final third. David Shafer found a whole in the middle of the defense to dribble his way past the defenders and beat the goal keeper to score his first goal of the season in the 42nd minute of the game.
With the substitution of striker #7 Phil Shafer late in the 72nd minute, Pedro Sousa brought some energy and scoring opportunities from the bench. After 7 minutes of play a cross by Man of the Match nominee David Shafer found the head of Pedro Sousa for his first goal of the season.
Josh Coupar, a center back for Torch FC, said, “It felt great to get a first win in a Torch shirt. It wasn’t the perfect performance but I think we produced some good soccer that we can build upon in the games to come.”
Coach Sparling said after the game “Hershey is a good team. They are strong, fast and very skilled, so I was very happy with how we held up under their attack. Jumping out to a 2-0 advantage on a fantastic cross from Thiago dos Santos to Phil Shafer, and then a scrappy unassisted goal by David Shafer, could have taken Hershey out of the game. But it didn’t and they fought back to tie the game up 2-2. This is where I believe the character of our team helped us not allow their momentum to swing the game in their favor, and we regained the lead on a pass from David Shafer to Pedro Sousa. The win was great especially after our sloppy performance at Junior Lone Star. What excites me most is that we’ve only been together for 1 week so we are just gaining our footing as a team. I believe we are just going to keep getting stronger. Additionally, we squandered some scoring opportunities including a penalty kick, so the score could have been very different, but then again, so did Hershey. All in all it was a great game and I am glad to have come away with the ‘W’.”
Torch FC has 1 loss and 1 victory so far this season. The next game will be against (2,0) West Chester United Soccer Club, and we expect to be a tough match for us but we expect great soccer to watch from both sides.
Man of the Match Nominations: David Shafer, Midfield, 1 Goal, 1 Assist. David Shafer worked hard and played 92 min.
Starting line up: #0 Matt Palmer, #3 Joshua Coupar, #5 Will Woodfin (66′ #28 Tyler Smith), #10 Matt Giudice, #7 Phil Shafer (#25 Pedro Sena), #16 David Fisher, #11 Thiago Dos Santos, #21 Jeremiah Mateola (#20 Kenny Varady), #15 Cody Boerema, #17 Phillip Hagerty(80′ #32 Nick Marculo), #2 Dominic Powers
Subs: #28 Tyler Smith, #25 Pedro Sousa, #20 Kenny Varady, #32 Nick Marculo
Goals: Philip Shafer 6′, David Shafer 42′, Pedro Sousa 79′
Torch Sports Ministry announced Friday the signing of forward David Shafer to an NPSL contract with BuxMont Torch FC. Shafer will play alongside his brother Phil Shafer, who signed with the Torch FC just one month ago.
Shafer who is a native of Orlando, Florida was named 2014 Florida Soccer Player of the Year with 49 goals and 16 assists as a senior in High School.David Shafer attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, where he played as a freshman. Shafer helped St. Francis win their conference championship and played in the NCAA tournament.
In 2016, Shafer played 6 games for Hershey FC in the Keystone conference of the NPSL, and finished with one goal and four assists. Shafer also spent most of the 2016 season training with the Harrisburg City Islanders and Harrisburg Heat in the offseason.
“I am really happy to have David join his brother, Phil, for the 2017 season. David will raise the offensive bar on outside while bringing a great work ethic that will help solidify the high pressure defense that Torch is known for” Head Coach, Rich Sparling.