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Following the team's recent successes, the boys were confident going into the Tournament, but knew they faced the toughest of competition. The teams they were playing, Ridgefield, Colonia, and Cape Express were ranked #16, #19, and #27 in NJ respectively.
In the first match, the Dynamo came out strong and went up 1-0 on a quick goal by Jason from Henry. Colonia tied it up with a PK. The Dynamo were still looking strong when they had a Benny to Henry to Amani score and went up 2-1.
Colonia came back and leveled the score with 15 mins left and then scored another 2 goals late to beat the Dynamo 4-2.
Not to be discouraged, the Dynamo came back later to play Ridgefield and again came out strong. The first goal was scored by Stelli from Farrell. The second goal, Nabil off a Chewy Free Kick, put the Dynamo up 2-0. Ridgefield came back to score one more goal but the Dynamo prevailed 2-1.
On Sunday morning, the Dynamo played Cape Express and it was another tough match. They went to halftime scoreless, but Nick scored early in the 2nd half and the Dynamo came out ahead, 1-0.
The players and coaches did all they could do to put the team in the playoffs with a 2-1 record, but still had to await the outcome of the Colonia/Ridgefield match to see if they were in it. It was a nail-biter, but Colonia put in a last second goal and that sent the Dynamo to the Semi-Finals.
As someone who has been with the team for 5 years, I've witnessed the boys' greatest moments. I remember the "Weather Game" vs. Franklin, the "Cranford Comeback", the Parsippany Championship, and the victory over the "unbeatable" Monroe South. And possibly the team's greatest moment, the "Miracle in Flemington".
The Semi-Final match vs the Morris Gunners has to be put in that category. The Dynamo, playing with superb teamwork both offensively and defensively played #8 ranked Morris to a draw. Yes, they lost in the PK Shootout, but showed the U13 soccer world that they are ready to take on all comers. In the last 3 weeks, the Dynamo have beaten 4 highly ranked teams and have skyrocketed from 117 in the rankings to 21.
Every opponent this weekend was aggressive, hungry, and talented. The Dynamo played with equal intensity and displayed top teamwork. The team should not expect any less from future opponents or themselves.
They are not resting on its laurels. The coaches, parents, and trainer know that they have the potential to be better and will be better. The boys and the coaches/trainer should be commended for the amount of work they have put in and the results can be seen.
Last but not least, these boys are well rounded and soccer does not come at the expense of everything else. They work hard in school, play other sports, musical instruments, and are role models for their peers. They keep out of trouble and know how to laugh and have a good time. What more could one ask for?
Dynamo Are Sunburst Tournament Champions
You can feel the momentum and excitement building. Fresh off an impressive performance at FC Delco, the Dynamo played in the West Windsor Sunburst tournament and were placed in the top U13 bracket.
The first match vs West Windsor was very early Saturday. West Windsor played tough, but the Dynamo controlled most of the match and won 1-0 on a nice long shot by Ryan Farrell.
In match 2, we faced the Florence Wild. Again, the Dynamo controlled much of the match, and Nick scored early putting the team up 1-0. Unfortunately, Florence score toward the very end and the match was a draw.
On Sunday, the team found their scoring touch. The Dynamo played an overmatched Jackson team. The boys looked spectacular with their ball control, passing, and defense. First Amani scored, and then fed Jason for another score, putting the team up 2-0 early. John scored the 3rd from a pass from Nick. Following a score by the opponents, Nick scored followed by goals by Jason and Brendan. The final was 6-1 and it was on to the final match.
In spite of a lightning delay, the Dynamo took on Princeton Liverpool, a highly ranked team and defending champs for the championship trophy. But the Dynamo showed no signs of slowing down. The team controlled the game from beginning to end. Passing and ball control were superb. Everything came together. Princeton had a very talented keeper, but the Dynamo managed to put in 4 goals. Sahil, Nick, and Matt P all scored and a 4th goal came on a self-goal from a Matt P Corner Kick. The final score was 4-1 and the team took home the Championship of the Sunburst Tournament.
It is also worth mentioning the strong defensive play by Stelli, Matt T, Brandon, and Ryan Flynn. And the goalkeeping by Flynn, Brandon, and Sahil was outstanding, only letting up 3 in the whole tournament.
Way to Go Dynamo!!!
Dynamo to Play in Consolation NJ Cup Finals
On a gorgeous spring day in panoramic Far Hills, The Dynamo defeated NJ #23 ranked Stronghold Dynamo in the semifinals of the NJ Cup Consolation Bracket. The match was incredibly hard fought for 80 minutes. Both defenses and keepers were at the tops of their games.
The match then went on to a scoreless two 5 minute overtime periods continuing the high level play on both sides.
The boys then prepared to play a FIFA-style PK shootout to determine the outcome. And here's how it went down:
Stronghold up first, scores, 0-1
Jason up next, scores, 1-1
Stronghold up next, misses, 1-1
Henry up, scores, 2-1
Stronghold up, misses, still 2-1
Chewy up, scores, 3-1
Stronghold up, scores, 3-2
Amani up for the Match Winner and scores, 4-2, Match Over!
Chewy and the defense played a fantastic match. Congrats to all the players, Amani Alexander, Andrew Yager, Benny Rosen, Brandon Withum, Brendan Leonard, Henry Mills-Ludderodt, Matt "Chewy" Mischler, Jason Levine, John Bognar, Matt Pietrzyk, Matt Taffet, Ryan Farrell, Ryan Flynn, Ryan "Stelli" Stelicos, and Sahil Patel.
Also kudos to the coaching staff, Head Coach Gary Taffet and Assistants, John Bognar and Pat Farrell, who have kept the boys sharp and motivated all season long in spite of the brutally difficult schedule playing mostly top-ranked teams this season.
One Final Note - the team that the Dynamo drew in the first round of the NJ Cup and lost 1-0, Bolton, went on to the finals and lost in a PK shootout to the winner. That put the Dynamo in the consolation bracket and they haven't lost since. Finals will be held as soon as opponent is determined. Go Dynamo!!!
The Dynamo defeated Clifton in the NJ Cup consolation match. They played well as a team. Sahil scored on a beautiful free kick. Flynn also scored on a nice free kick. And Stelli put one in off an Amani pass.
On Sunday, the team lost a closely fought match to Beachwood 1-0, a very talented team.
It is encouraging to see the boys keeping up with the top ranked teams. And I don't think they are playing at full potential yet. Watch out when that happens!!!
The Dynamo played three matches and lost, but let's put it into perspective. We played 3 teams with very high rankings in NJ and PA. The boys played very tough but did not look like they were in mid-season form. Playing teams of this caliber only makes us better. And we absolutely belong on the same field. While we may currently be a notch below our opponents of this weekend, there is not a big gap. Closing that gap is a very reasonable goal.
We step up to the plate many more times this season, so even though we may have struck out this weekend (swinging, not looking), we're looking forward to some big hit and home runs in the coming weeks and months.
Dynamo 0 Southampton, PA 2
Dynamo 0 Howell United 1
Dynamo 0 Holmdel Sounders 3
Dynamo Fall '11 Article Archive
EB Dynamo U13 Fall 2011 Archive
In an annual tradition, the Dynamo kicked off the Fall season by playing in the EB Labor Day Tournament. In the first match vs. NJ Dynamo Magicos, the boys came out swinging, played very strong and aggressive and won 2-0. The first goal scored went from Ryan Farrell to Brendan and then to Henry, who scored. The second goal came when Stelli had a nice forward pass to Sahil, who took it up the left side and scored.
The next three matches were a loss to Ridgefield 2-0, a loss to Downtown United (who won the tourney) 2-0, and a draw with Cherry Hill.
In the sum total of all 4 matches, we scored 2 goals, but we only let up 4 goals in 4 games. This is a testament to the strong defense and goalkeeping. Chewy, Matt T, John, Flynn, Benny, Brandon all played very strong.
We had a lot of opportunities on offense and a couple of more goals could have easily put us in the finals. So I think that even though the overall results were mediocre and the boys did not give max effort for all 4 matches, it is very promising and encouraging that we were hanging with elite teams and had our best showing yet in this tournament.
This season will certainly bring us thrilling wins and heartbreaking losses and that's why the boys love to play.
So time to move on and show what we can do.
The boys had great success this past weekend, opening their MAPS season on Saturday vs Millburn (rank 13 in NJ). A close and hard-fought match came down to the end tied 0-0 with only minutes left. Both teams had missed PKs. The defenses on both sides were very effective. Then, with a few minutes left, Sahil took a nice pass from Stelli and hit the back of the net. Game over and win against an elite team.
On Sunday, the team faced Stronghold Orel in another MAPS matchup. The Dynamo proved to be the stronger team and sealed a 5-0 victory.
Henry scored the first goal up the left side. Then Sahil returned the favor from the day before and kicked a corner to Stelli who put it in. Then Sahil had a long pass up the field to Farrell who took it in and scored the 3rd goal. Sahil then put in goal #4. Somebody find out what they are feeding Sahil these days! The last goal was a nice one from John who is usually successfully preventing the opponent from scoring. Nice win boys, 5-0 over Stronghold Orel.
Next match is State Cup vs Stronghold Dynamo.
It’s really been an amazing season so far. The Dynamo could be the most underrated soccer team in NJ. The boys continue to surprise even themselves by beating and tying top-ranked, elite teams. In fact, even losses have not been by more than 1 goal in a long time.
Each season, the team has been challenging itself by playing schedules with tougher and tougher opponents. The goal has been to improve by playing against teams on a higher level, even at the expense of winning games. But a funny thing happened along the way. The Dynamo is keeping up with, and often beating top-ranked club teams.
With every game, you can see the confidence growing and the understanding that winning is a team effort and that showing up prepared each week is a must.
As Coach Gary stated, we have beaten or tied 11 teams in the top 20. Most of these teams are elite club teams that recruit players from all over and spend a lot more time and money than we do as a town club team. We are light years ahead of where we were 1 or 2 years ago.
The latest example was the win this past weekend against Den of Lions. Our defense and goalkeeping, which has been the hallmark of our team, played their typical shutdown defense. We have only let up 5 goals in 7 MAPS games and zero in this game. The offense, which has not always capitalized on opportunities did so this week by converting and scoring 2 goals. The boys went up 2-0 in the first half and withstood the best the opponent had to offer for the rest of the match. It was a truly impressive performance and one of their best matches ever!
This write-up is more about the season than this individual game, but I believe that our future is very bright. As we compete in more tournaments, we will get points and rank higher. But right now, none of this matters. The team has been around a while and has a history. The players and coaches and parents all know that we are moving in the right direction and we are coming a lot closer to realizing our full potential.
And so as not to give all the credit to the players, the coaches, Gary, Pat, John, and Gerald our trainer have all done a remarkable job while upholding the highest levels of sportsmanship and helping to provide our kids with important life lessons.
So here’s to Amani, Stelli, John, Ryan F, Brandon, Farrell, Benny, Matt T, Matt P, Chewy, Henry, Andrew, Jason, Sahil, Brendan, and the coaching staff for all their effort and the great results so far this season.
Spring 2011 Dynamo Article Archive
Let the Games Begin
Dynamo Preparing for Challenging Season
This weekend kicks off our Spring, 2011 season. Everyone involved with the team is excited as the boys move up to Flight 1. They will also be playing a MAPS schedule and plan to compete in the State cup Tournament.
After last season’s great success, the team and the coaching staff are gearing up for a tougher and more competitive schedule. Win or lose, the boys will benefit greatly by playing at a higher level.
Let’s break out the green pom-poms and cheer our team to victory this weekend.
Dynamo Wins 1st MAPS Match in "Stelli-tacular" Fashion
2nd Half Barrage Leads to 7-2 Win Over Jersey United
Everyone was a little nervous to see how the team would do in its first Premier League game. The Dynamo took the field in the first half on the wrong side of a very strong wind. While the team was able to move the ball and create some opportunities, they didn’t find the goal. Jersey United was able to create a couple of breakaways and scored twice. The half ended with the Dynamo down 2-0.
The team knew they needed to take advantage of the wind in the 2nd half and that’s when the fun began. A flurry of seven goals started when Amani broke loose down the center and scored 1-on-1 with the goalie. Henry tied the score with a nice shot, and Stelli put the Dynamo ahead by scoring off a rebound.
Not resting on their laurels, the team continued to fight hard to ensure a victory. Benny placed a perfect shot high in the goal off a indirect kick "tap" from Jason. Stelli put in the next two goals off assists from Farrell and Matt P, both very nice passes. The last goal was scored by Flynn off an indirect kick from Jason.
The defense played very solid, especially in the second half. Very tough play by John, who averted a breakaway goal.]
It’s a long season and the team should not get over-confident from one game. But they showed some good stuff and it is a game that will be remembered.
Weekend of Solid Play
Dynamo Tie One and Lose One to Tough Teams
The Dynamo started off the weekend with a Friendly Match against MAPS opponent Holmdel at home on the turf field. It was very cold with a brisk breeze. The Dynamo gained a 1-0 lead on a goal by Henry. The defense played very well, but Holmdel managed to tie the score and the game ended 1-1.
On Sunday, the boys were at Summit, who won MNJ Flight 1 last season. It was a very evenly fought match against a very good team. Henry put the Dynamo up 1-0 on a nice goal. Summit tied the score 1-1. Chewy had a very good game along with Flynn, Benny, John, and Matt on defense. Summit score two quick goals at the end of the game winning it 3-1, but it was very encouraging to see the boys playing at such a high level this early in the season against good competition.
Two games this weekend.
Dynamo Advance in NJ State Cup Tourney
Team Beats Jersey United 1-0 and Ties Branchburg 1-1 in MNJ
On Saturday, the Dynamo beat Jersey United 1-0 to advance to the next round in the NJ State Cup Tournament. Shut-down defense by Brandon, Matt T, John, Flynn, and Benny, and superb goalkeeping by Chewy ensured the win.
Jason scored on a nice header from a pass by Henry. Overall, it was a good win against a moderately competitive team.
On Sunday, the team faced a strong Branchburg crew, and a very hard-fought match ended in a 1-1 tie. While we always look to win, a tie against a team that won 2nd place in flight 1 last season is still impressive.
Like Saturday, the defense and goalkeeping were top-notch. Ryan Farrell was persistent and scored the Dynamo goal on a rebound during a strong offensive surge to take the lead 1-0 in the second half. Branchburg came back to tie the game and that’s how it ended.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST...
Anyone who watches sports knows that we see plenty of examples of poor sportsmanship. From youth sports to the pros, we see taunting, dirty play, trash-talking, parents attacking refs, players attacking fans, teams running up scores, and the list goes on.
So isn’t it nice to see an incredible gesture of good sportsmanship?
On Sunday, in a very meaningful game against Branchburg, the score was tied 0-0 early in the 2nd half. A Branchburg player hit a shot that went high, bounced off the football goal post, which is out of bounds, and then bounced off the soccer goal’s crossbar towards the field of play where it was caught by a Dynamo player and handed to the goalie. Both team’s players saw the ball hit the out-of-play football goal and stopped playing. Everyone believed the ball was dead. Incredibly, the ref and both linesmen did not see it, called a hand ball and awarded Branchburg a Penalty Kick. It was clearly a blown call, but the ref maintained that he did not see the ball hit the football goal, so therefore the PK had to be awarded.
As both teams prepared for the PK, the Branchburg coach instructed his player to tap the ball to the Dynamo goalkeeper. Branchburg essentially "righted the wrong". There was applause from all the fans as a result of this impressive display of sportsmanship. Keep in mind that this was not a meaningless game and it was tied in the 2nd half when it occurred. If they score on the PK, there was every chance that it could have been the winning goal, and in the end, it probably would have been. The Branchburg coach should be commended.
Coach Gary expressed his appreciation of this to the parents and kids after the game.
Dynamo Triumphant in Two Mid NJ Games
Cardiac Kids Stage Comeback Wins vs Somerset Hills & Flemington - Lose to Princeton in NJCUP
If you have a weak heart, you may want to reconsider attending Dynamo games. The boys came back twice this weekend in thrilling fashion.
On Saturday, the team faced Somerset Hills, an ongoing rivalry at home on the turf fields. The Dynamo fell behind 1-0 at the half and were down 2-0 early in the 2nd half. It was starting to look grim when Matt T scored on a pass by Henry. Andrew followed with a goal shortly after on a pass by Jason, tying the score 2-2. As we neared the finish, Pat hit a beatiful shot on a Free Kick, put it in the upper right side of the goal ensuring the victory.
Sundays game at Flemington got even crazier. Henry fired the opening salvo putting the Dynamo up 1-0. But then Flemington, a very talented team, scored three unanswered goals before the half ended. Henry then scored again making the score 3-2, but Flemington answered back with yet another goal.
It was getting late in the game when two quick goals were scored by Jason and Matt T, tying the score. As the game wound down, it looked like it would end in a tie, when "hat-trick" Henry put in his third and game-winning goal. The opponents were stunned. The Dynamaniacs went wild. Two fantastic comeback wins in a row were very gratifying. Both were Mid New Jersey games so were very important wins.
On another note, the Team played Princeton in the next round of the NJ Cup but lost in a very lackluster performance. The team was down 1-0 at the half. In the second, Pat had a nice pass to Jason who tied the score. It looked very hopeful but Princeton came back and scored and won 2-1. That ends the Dynamo's bid for the State Cup but it was a small setback in an otherwise amazing soccer weekend.
The Dynamo are assured to have at least a .500 record in MNJ at midway point in an extremely competitive and tough flight. Way to go so far boys!!!
P.S. I try but do not always see assists. If there is an assist that I missed or got wrong, please let me know. This also goes for any other plays or performances that should get mentioned but don't. Unlike a newspaper, I can make corrections and additions.
Dynamo Have Small Setback
Lose to Yardley 3-1 in MAPS Match
The boys lost to Yardley 3-1 in one of those games where it seemed tough to get anything going. Stelli scored in the 2nd half on an assist from Henry.
The team looks forward to resuming Soccer after spring break and hope to continue their success. In Mid NJ, the boys are in 3rd place with a 2-1-1 record but have played one less game than the 2nd place team, Flemington, and stand only one point behind. Summit, stands strong at number 1, the only MNJ team the Dynamo have lost to so far.
The Dynamo have a busy schedule this weekend with three games.
Another Winning Weekend
Dynamo Prevails over Parsippany 2-1 and Somerset Hills 1-0
(This weekend’s write-up and analysis by Coach Gary)
In what has become a hallmark of the season, the Dynamo were down 1-0 at halftime to Parsippany in a MAPS match and came out strong to open the second half.
Amani gathered a rebound in a crowd in front of the Parsippany net and fired a shot in the lower corner to tie the score. Patrick later converted a penalty kick, after Henry was taken down inside the box. Dynamo held on with strong defensive play and goalkeeping down the stretch to win 1-0. Parsippany is always a hard-fought match and this game was no different.
Let me just say again, what a strong team victory we had today over Somerset Hills. The goal scored by Jason, set up by Henry’s beautiful and unselfish pass, was one of the nicer goals this season.
And while they all played strong today as a team, Ryan Farrell in particular played with a level of effort and aggressiveness that I think began to rub-off on others in the 2nd half. The defense was rock-solid and Chewy was excellent in the net. Steli, Sahil, Amani, Matt P, Andrew, and Patrick all had very strong games. Our opponent was 8-1-1 and flight 2 champion last year and we have beaten them twice this season. And yesterday was a nice victory over Parsippany. We continue to play competitive soccer every week.
Dynamo Beat The "Unbeatable" Monroe South 2-0
But Fall Short vs Summit 3-0
In another "defining" game, the Dynamo put together possibly their most complete game to date. Facing an unbeaten and unscored on Monroe South in a MAPS match, the boys not only scored but also won.
The first half was scoreless, but because this was such a strong opponent, I think this gave the boys the confidence that they had a legit shot at winning.
Chewy played lights out as did the defense who maybe had their best game ever with John’s slide tackles, Benny’s long clearing shots, Matt T running down the forwards, and Brandon covering the opponents like glue. Matt P, Andrew, Sahil, Farrell, and Jason played super-aggressive while Amani, Stelli, Henry, Flynn, and Pat kept relentless pressure on up front.
Well, it all paid off. First, the opponent was called for a hand ball in the box and Pat converted the PK. But as if to say that it wasn’t good enough just to win on a PK, they put an exclamation point on at the end. Sahil popped the ball up in front of the goal from the left hand side, Matt P gained control and got the ball to Flynn who fearlessly put it in.
The team that had not been scored on, got scored on twice by the Dynamo. Having also beat Manalapan 2-0 earlier in the week with goals by Matt P and Colin, we are currently sitting at 6th place out of 49 teams in the Elite MAPS league. That is over-achieving in a major way!
On Sunday, the boys came out a little flat against another top-notch team, Summit in Mid NJ league. We lost 3-0 and since the Dynamo is on such a high, this loss is just not that big of a deal. Summit pretty much has the #1 spot locked up, while the Dynamo, at 3-2-1, are seriously competing for second place against Flemington and Branchburg. This makes the next four games pretty critical.
Dynamo Nation is very happy. Keep it up Boys!!!
Two Weekends Filled With Big Efforts
Dynamo Beat Branchburg and Everton, Lose to North Hunterdon and Flemington
Even though the past two weekends produced mixed results, make no mistake. The Dynamo is a rising force that has caught the attention of elite teams across New Jersey. As the season draws soon to an end, the players, coaches, and parents have a lot to be proud of.
Last weekend began with a tough loss to North Hunterdon 4-0. The team uncharacteristically broke down in the middle of the match and just could not recover.
But instead of dwelling on the loss, the coaches and players bounced back the next day to beat Branchburg 3-0 in a game where every player showed skill and toughness. Branchburg had previously let up 5 goals in 7 games but the Dynamo stood strong. Chewy and the defense played remarkably well. Henry scored first off of a beautiful free kick from Benny. Then Henry fed the ball to Amani who fearlessly headed it in the goal. Jason put the icing on with a PK. Total team effort all the way!
On Saturday, the boys beat Everton, raising the team to 5-1 in the elite MAPS league and currently standing number 5 out of 50 teams. Henry and Amani both scored in the victory.
And finally yesterday, in one of the strongest efforts this season, the boys ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 score. But it was a super effort against a very strong team.
With one game left, the boys are walking tall and they have every reason to do so.
Dynamo Avenge Early Season Loss
Beat No Hunterdon 5-2 in Season Finale
Even though the game did not mean a lot in the final standings, the boys really wanted this win to show that the earlier 4-0 loss to North Hunterdonwas a fluke. It took about 20 minutes until the fireworks started.
Flynn scored on a nice high shot and put it behind the goalie. Farrell then put in the 2nd goal off of a corner kick by Henry. Sahil got a rebound off an Amani shot and put it in the back of the net. Jason capped it off with two goals to go up 5-0. At that point, the boys relaxed a little and let up 2 goals but notched a strong 5-2 win.
Dynamo Reach New Heights in Spring '11
Successful Season Comes to an End
In the pre-season, it was decided that the Dynamo would compete at a higher level. All involved decided that player development was more important than a win-loss record and as a result, we moved up to MNJ Flight 1 and joined the elite MAPS league.
Well, the players, coaches, and trainer stepped up to the challenge. We finished 5-4-1 in MNJ flight 1, tying Branchburg for 3rd place. We finished 5-1 in MAPS placing 7th out of 50 teams and letting up only 6 goals in 6 games.
Highlights of the season included a remarkable 2-0 win over Monroe South, who was previously unscored on, and a thrilling comeback victory against an extremely strong Flemington team.
The boys will begin the Fall '11 season with a great deal of confidence. The Dynamaniacs will be back and expecting more great stuff from the kids. The coaches and trainers will be back looking to push the boys to new heights.
This is also a good time to take the opportunity to announce Patrick's retirement from the team. Pat has decided to focus on playing for his school team. Patrick has been a valuable and integral part of the Dynamo since its inception. His skills and passionate attitude have helped the team get to where we are today. We would like to thank Pat and wish him the best of luck. We would also like to thank Gumy for all his effort and knowledge and for being a sideline staple on both sides of the field. Good Luck guys - we hope to run into to you on the field one day and share some soccer again.
Here's to a great summer for everyone involved with the team and we'll see you in August with cleats on.
EB Dynamo Fall 2010 Article Archive
Off and Running
Dynamo loses but plays solid in EB Tourney
Matched against elite competition, the boys held their own and played strong despite losing in all four games. Chewy had a ton of saves and the defense stopped some talented offenses.
Solid defensive play from Brandon, Benny, Matt T, John, and all the Ryans. Goals were scored by Amani unassisted, Jason on a free kick from Ryan Farrell, and Henry with an assist from Matt T.
Playing against the high level of competition should put us in a good position to start the regular season.
Next up - Piscataway Tournament, then first regular season game vs. New Brunswick.
Way to go guys!
Dynamo Takes 1st Place in Piscataway Tourney
Boys Play Near Perfect Soccer with Dual 6-0 Wins
Tough weather conditions and injuries could not prevent the team from playing its best soccer since last Spring. The final score was 6-0 in both games vs Piscataway and Watchung Hills.
Playing with 12 boys and in mostly driving rain, the team exhibited superior ball movement and passing. With Chewy in goal and lockdown defense by John, Matt T, Brandon, Farrell, Flynn, the Dynamo held both opponents scoreless!
Henry had a remarkable 6 goals in total, 3 in each game. Other goals were scored by Amani, Jason, Sahil, Brandon, and Pat, including a header by Pat and a free kicks by Henry and Jason. Assists were had by Stelly, Amani, Jason, and Henry.
While there were great individual achievements, the most impressive achievement was the effectiveness of the team play.
Everyone finished the day wet and happy!
Next up - 1st regular season game vs. New Brunswick at home - Go get 'em guys.
Dynamo Get the Job Done in 1st Reg Season Match
Team Wins 3-1 vs New Brunswick
The Dynamo showed that they were prepared to start the regular season by beating New Brunswick 3-1 at home. The team did not start slow as they have in some recent matches. Instead, they were sharp from the start.
For the third straight game, the boys showed good ball movement and team play. In the 1st half, Henry scored 2 goals, the first off of an assist from Pat. Jason scored the 3rd goal from a rebound off the goalie. Strong defensive play by Flynn, Farrell, and Brandon ensured the win.
Next up - at Somerset Hills. Two seasons ago, we beat this team twice, although they ended up beating some of the stronger teams in the division. In any case, the boys know first hand not to take any team for granted.
Dynamo Humbled in Loss
Team falls short vs Somerset Hills
OK, it was not pretty, but even the best teams sometimes have one of those days. The boys started strong creating some scoring opportunities but did not capitalize on them. The team eventually managed to get on the board as Henry scored a goal on an assist from Patrick to make the score 2-1, but the team ultimately ended up on the wrong side of a 4-1 score.
Our usually impenetrable defense, like the offense, did not have their best day, and the opponent was able to create some 1 on 1 breakaways. Chewy stepped up big time and stopped about 8 of these mostly coming out of the goal to directly challenge the attacker. It was thrilling to watch.
In the end, both teams could have scored more goals. But a loss is a loss and it's over and time to move on to the next opponent. We'll have another shot at Somerset Hills later on at home and I have a feeling that we will see a fire that we did not see this past weekend.
Next game is at home vs Everton. Time to bounce back and show 'em what we got.
Dynamo Takes Care of Business
Tied for 2nd Place after Convincing 3-0 Victory
The Dynamo faced division rival Everton on Sunday in real "Fall" weather. Playing with maximum effort, the boys showed their best stuff.
The defense was sharp - great efforts by Flynn, Brandon, and John. Chewy was not as busy as the last game, but made sure the ball never touched net.
Benny and Matt T were effective on offense with Matt putting in a goal. Goals were also scored by Pat and Jason on a nice assist by Amani.
Andrew, Farrell, Matt P, Stelly, Sahil, and Henry were also instrumental in the win as teamwork was the word of the day.
The win puts the team at 2-1 moves them into a tie for 2nd place with North Hunterdon, with Somerset Hills in 1st with a 3-0 record.
The Dynamo can look forward to a significant and competitive tournament in Parsippany this weekend. With 3-4 games on tap, it should be tiring but rewarding.
EB Dynamo Are Parsippany Tournament Champions!!!
Boys Win in Thrilling Finale as Dynamo Nation Exhales
What a finish - but let's start at the beginning.
The Dynamo, playing their 1st game vs a solid Fort Lee team came out with a goal by Henry, but otherwise played lackluster as Fort Lee went ahead 2-1 at the half. But the coaching staff pulled the team together and came out strong in the 2nd half. Amani put the ball right in front of the goal as Jason put a header in the net tying the score 2-2. Shortly after, Stelly showed us one of his "stellar" throw-ins and Jason was able to put in the winning goal. It was a motivating comeback which carried over to the next game.
In the second game, they faced a tough Wayne squad. The team went up 1-0 on a PK from Jason. Wayne tied the score, but another Jason goal put the team up 2-1. Pat pounded a free kick into the goal as the Wayne goalie could not handle it. For an encore, Pat put a nifty "no-look" shot into the net to put the team up 4-1 at the half.
But the team got overconfident in the 2nd half and basically let up. Wayne, playing inspired soccer, put in 3 unanswered goals to tie the score 4-4 and that's how it ended. The players and coaches were disappointed with the performance but were adamant that the next day would be different.
Coaches Gary, Gumy, and Pat found the right combination of strategy and motivation to lead the boys into the 2nd day of play. Because the team tied the 2nd game, the 3rd game vs North Hunterdon became a must-win in order to have a chance at the finals.
The team started off behind as N Hunterdon scored first. But the boys never looked back. Stelly (whose throw-ins have become our "super secret weapon"), got another throw-in assist as he hit Henry, who found the goal as he has all season. Amani then beat the opponents defense and took the ball all the way in and scored to put the team up 2-1. Stelly put a long hard shot on goal and Henry put the rebound in the net. Dynamo up 3-1. Henry then put a ball in front of the goal from deep in the corner and Jason beat the goalie for a 4-1 lead. Jason then secured the 5-1 victory with his 2nd PK of the weekend.
We learned shortly thereafter that we were in the final Championship game. But the Dynamo were to face the Wyckoff Torpedoes who were undefeated in the tournament as well as in their regular season.
As the Final began, it was clear that both teams were evenly matched. Both defenses were stepping up as the ball moved up and down the field, but not in the goal. And then, on a corner kick, Henry passed the ball back to Benny, who was on defense. Benny let loose a high, hard shot from about 30 yds, over the goalies head and into the upper corner. But alas, Wyckoff managed to tie the score within a minute and the half ended 1-1.
And here came Stelly again who found Jason on a throw-in. Jason passed the ball to Henry who put it in the goal. Dynamo up 2-1. But yet again, Wyckoff came back within a minute tying the score at 2-2. The game was winding down as both teams desparately tried to score. It was clear that nobody wanted to go into sudden-death OT. And then it happened. With only minutes left, Henry put a rebound off the goalie into the net as the team went up 3-2 and that's how it ended.
The Dynamo were Champions and greatly deserved it. Every team member played with purpose. Chewy "the magician" had an unbelievable save in the finale as well as many others in the tournament. Sahil showed an aggressiveness that will serve us well in upcoming matches. Stelly was phenomenal and a major reason the team won. Matt T "the rocket" ran down a lot of balls and killed many of the opponents advances. Flynn never stopped running and made sure the ball ended up on our side of the field. John was always in the right place - very few have a nose for the ball like John. Farrell was solid as a rock, and played with his head (no pun intended) and was so close to a goal on a fantastic shot in the final. Benny frustrated the opponents and had the critical 1st goal in the final game. Brandon was fearless and was all over the field making sure the the team kept advancing the ball. Matt P showed some fancy footwork and played with toughness. Amani the speedster didn't score a lot of goals, but was the main reason most of them were scored as he is one of the toughest players for the opponents to cover. Andrew played with good field vision and precision passing. And last but not least, Henry, Pat, and Jason made sure the ball kept hitting the back of the net.
Kudos to all the boys, the coaches, and the trainer. They delivered when it counted.
Dynamo Win One, Tie One
On Saturday, the Dynamo faced North Hunterdon, who they had recently beaten. The team played strong and was victorious over N Hunterdon again 3-0.
The team played strong as a whole. The three goals were very similar. Henry scored the first two. And Ryan Farrell notched his first "Dyna-Goal" on a nice feed from Sahil, sealing the victory. All 3 goals were scored by the "new guys"!
On Sunday, the Dynamo faced Princeton and dominated most of the game.
In the first half, Benny scored a goal, putting the Dynamo up 1-0 at the half. But Princeton scored two goals early in the 2nd. The Dynamo played extremely solid but the ball just didn't want to go in the goal. Late in the game, Jason scored the tying goal and the game ended 2-2.
The Dynamo face New Brunswick twice this weekend and are hoping to come out of it with 2 wins. This will set up the rematch with Somerset Hills the following week at home.
Dynamo Sweeps Home-and-Home vs New Brunswick
Team Wins 3-0 and 7-2
Sometimes it is dangerous to play the weaker teams and those are the games where you can get stung. But the Dynamo put away New Brunswick handily in both games.
Henry had a hat trick in this game, scoring three goals, the first on an assist by Jason, the others unassisted. The boys played a solid 2nd half and got the job done.
Back in East Brunswick on Monday, it was a more lopsided game as the Dynamo were 6-1 at the half. The game ended at 7-2 with goals by Pat on a Free Kick, Henry on a give-and-go from Jason, Henry rebound off of Matt T's post shot, Farrell on a Matt T assist. Then it was Sahil unassisted, Matt P off the crossbar and into the goal and Benny unassisted.
The team went out and did what they had to do.
Dynamo Shuts Out Undefeated Somerset Hills
Team Wins 1-0 in "Halloween Game"
Every win is a good one but this one will stand out along with the "Cranford Game" and the Parsippany Championship game as a great Dynamo win.
The Dynamo lost the first match in Somerset Hills 4-1 last month. On their own turf, the Dynamo were determined to split the series. Both teams are vying for 1st place, but it currently belonged to Somerset Hills.
As the first half began, it was obvious that the boys were playing with high intensity. We had a strong wind with us in the 1st half so we would have to come out ahead going into the 2nd.
As the half wore on, you could see that our defense was frustrating the opponent. John was all over the opposing star while Matt T was sweeping and along with Benny, Flynn, Brandon establishing the last line of defense. It worked.
At the very end of the first half, Jason fed the ball to Stelly, who made a great move around the defender and drilled it from the right side as he approached the end line.
While Somerset Hills mounted some challenges in the 2nd with a strong wind at their backs, the Dynamo defense continued to cover them like glue and with an overall team effort, the boys held on for the win.
It was a fantastic effort from the kids and the coaches.
The "D" Train Keeps Rolling
Dynamo Holds on for 3-2 Victory over Everton
The Dynamo are now 6-1-1 going into their final two games and have lost only ONE game since the opening EB tournament!!!
The boys played strong in the first half starting with a goal by Amani on an assist by Matt P. Then two other goals were scored by Patrick and Sahil. The defense played solid.
The second half was a little more challenging as Everton was able to score two goals. The boys did not play with their recent intensity in the half, but superior teams find a way to win and that’s what they did.
This weekend, we host North Hunterdon, a team we have beaten but they are a good team and the boys will need to play at the top of their game to beat them.
Dynamo Keep Fans On Edge Of Their Seats
Eke out a 1-1 tie against North Hunterdon
(Article guest written by Scott Yager)
On a crisp fall day the boys kept it interesting. The Dynamo controlled the home turf for most of the game. There were many opportunities, but they just couldn't convert. Toward the end of the first half, the play became quite spirited. You had to believe the boys were not gonna let this one slip away. There was no doubt as the ball left Amani's cleat, with minutes to go, that he would not be denied. Henry with a crucial assist.
This was a good team play, with each and every player digging deep and contributing. Unfortunately the score did not reflect this, but all left satisfied that the W's will come with this kind of effort.
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Dynamo Wins Final Game 2-0
What a way to end the regular season. "Chewy, Matt P, and the D" played "lights out" again and stopped every scoring opportunity that came their way. The Dynamo brought their A game to Franklin and won 2-0 on goals by Pat and Jason and a great assist by Amani. All the boys contributed to the win as superior teamwork was on display.
The boys showed they could play with the best teams in the division and should be confident heading into the Spring season.
Thrilling Match Ends in Tie
3-3 Final for Dynamo and Summit
The Dynamo played to a 3-3 tie against high-scoring Summit, continuing their streak of playing each team better the second time around. Early in the game, the team fell behind 2-0. But in the second half, the boys caught fire and scored three straight goals taking a 3-2 lead, while "Chewy and the D" played shut-down defense. Only a late goal by Summit prevented the Dynamo from coming home with a win.
"The team played at the highest level they have all season" said one of the Dynamo faithful. "They controlled the game and could have easily won it against the highest scoring team in the division". Amani had two goals and Jason one in the game.
The team is now 3-4-2 and looking for a win in the final game to finish at 0.500.
Dynamo Drops a Close One
3-2 Loss on Penalty Kick
"We Wuz Robbed" was the fans’ cry as the game ended 3-2 in Flemington’s favor. A late questionable call resulted in a direct penalty kick by the opponent. The game was well fought and tight as the Dynamo matched Flemington’s first two goals with a convincing goals by Connor and Amani. A hand should also go out to the "guys in the trenches" - our fearless defense keeps the team in every game. Brandon, Benny, Ryan F, Matt T, John, and Matt P kept the Dynamo in this one as well.
The Dynamo look to end the season on a high note as they play their last two games. But win or lose, the boys have been showing great confidence this season. Let’s Go Dynamo!
Dynamo Takes 7v7 Match
Team Wins in Shootout at SoccerAcademy
The Dynamo traveled to the BobSmithSoccerAcademy and beat Manalapan 4-2 in a fun indoor scrimmage. Great passing was the key as the boys dominated the match. The onslaught of shots produced four goals - two by Pat, and one each by Sahil and Stelly. Our defense played tough as usual. The only problem? It ended too soon.
Dynamo Ties Division Leader Branchburg
The Dynamo showed their stuff again this weekend tying Branchburg 1-1. EB came out early with a goal by Jason assisted by Andrew and Patrick, but Branchburg came back and tied the score with a nice goal of their own. It was a hard-fought match with very solid play on both sides.
At 3-3-1, it is probably necessary to win at least 2 out of the final 3 games to have a chance at 1st place in the division. But win or lose, the boys have shown dramatic improvement and the ability to keep up intensity for the whole game.
Next up - Flemington
For Division Regular Season Standings, click the following link, or on the left hand side.
Dynamo Tops Somerset Hills 2-0
3-3 Regular Season Record Brings Team to Critical Juncture
The Dynamo prevailed again vs Somerset Hills 2-0 as the team brought their regular season record to 3-3 with 4 games left. They have now won 7 of their last 8 games, including tournaments, and did not let up a goal all weekend.
On a gorgeous day, the team traveled north for their rematch. The first half was close and ended scoreless. However, in the second half, both Gabriel and Sahil scored heads up goals to take the game. The opponents attempted to mount a comeback, but a complete team effort produced the shutout.
Chewy once again shut the other team down with an incredible 2 stops on direct penalty kicks. These stops should have made ESPN’s top ten plays, but got bumped by a few silly touchdowns and pennant-clinching plays.
The last 4 games become critical now as the team still has the opportunity to win the division.
Dynamo Takes 1st Place in No Brunswick Tournament
Team Reaches New Heights
In the first game vs. Colts Neck, the Dynamo dominated but did not have many scoring opportunities. But late in the game Matt T came through with a goal on an assist from Benny showing that the boys are learning how to do what they need to do to win and finishing strong.
Chewy and Matt P played goal and produced yet another shutout as the team won 1-0.
In the second game, the stingy defense and more shut-down goalkeeping by Chewy and Ryan allowed the boys to win 2-0 against Manalapan. Amani and Stelly came through with the two goals to seal the Championship trophy!
The boys held their heads high as they received the 1st place trophy. Their smiles told the story.
Dynamo Victorious vs Franklin
Team Prevails 3-1 in Nor’easter Conditions
The Jets and Giants got crushed, but the Dynamo gave New Jersey fans something to cheer about!!!
In the rain, cold, and wind, the boys toughed out a solid win against a Franklin team that refused to quit. Once again, the Dynamo came together as a team and sealed their 4th victory in the last 5 games, including last week’s tournament. The spectacular defense and goalkeeping have now let up only 3 goals over these last 5 games!
The first goal was scored by Jason, followed by a goal by the opponents. They went into halftime tied 1-1. Whatever the coaching staff said to the boys during halftime provided them with the inspiration to take the game in the 2nd half. Sahil scored with an assist by Jason, and then Jason went on to seal the game with the team’s 3rd goal. Solid play from Stelly, Connor, Andrew, Gabriel, and Matt P, ensured that Franklin didn’t get back into the game.
A team insider noted "The kids are starting to use the field and show the talent that makes them competitive. But at 2-3, they cannot rest on the laurels of this win. The have to continue to fight for every goal and every defensive stop."
Dynamo parents have vowed to do an "Ancient Native American Rain Dance" before next game.
Dynamo Takes 2nd Place in Hazlet Tourney
Great Weekend Ends in OT Loss in Championship Game
The boys are starting to show the cohesiveness and teamwork that will win them future championships, but for now, they will be proud about great play and a 2nd place finish. "Our team turned in a complete effort" said Coach Taffet. Kudos to our defensive players, Ryan, Matt T, John, Brandon, and others, and Chewy, for letting up only two goals in the whole tournament!
The Dynamo got off to a fast start winning 1-0 vs Ironbound. The goal was scored by Jason.
In the second game, also a 1-0 victory vs Scotch Plains, Sahil scored from the top of the 18 early in the 2nd half. Connor, Stelly and Gabriel each had shots off the post. Chewy, with his typical intensity, notched another shutout.
The third game ended in yet another shutout for the Dynamo, winning 2-0 vs Middletown. Pat scored two goals, with Benny getting a key assist.
The Championship game was played against Scotch Plains. The boys got out to an early lead with a goal by Jason assisted by Benny. Scotch Plainsmanaged to tie the score. The Dynamo had many shots that "just missed", one hitting the crossbar and at least five other shots missing by only a foot. The game went into overtime and unfortunately, it was Scotch Plains that scored first.
Nonetheless, the team played great and enjoyed receiving their first tournament trophy. As one Dynamo fan noted "It was an emotional game that could have gone either way. The boys should be proud of the way they played. We’ll get ’em next time".
Dynamo Drops One to Summit
Team loses on 3 late goals
Despite playing Summit to a dead heat for a majority of the game, Summit managed to get 3 goals late in the game to win 3-0. It was disappointing to lose, but the team played well, and that’s something to feel good about. EB Dynamo will be looking for the re-match on their home field.
Dynamo Edged Out in Nail-Biter
On a beautiful fall day, Team Dynamo lost a hard fought battle to Flemington SC Fever 1-0. The boys played an inspired 2nd half, during which they controlled the field and had several opportunities, but failed to convert. Chewy, as usual, was like "money in the bank". John, Ryan F, and Matt T turned in gritty performances. This game easily could have gone either way, and it’s just a matter of time until this effort translates to W’s.
Dynamo Are Successful at Linden Tournament
Team Ties One, Wins One
In the 1st match, facing bad weather, the Dynamo squared off against a 12U Linden team. The Dynamo took an early lead as Jason and Patrick both scored in the first half. But Linden scored two goals as well as this physical match ended in a 2-2 tie.
The team played the 2nd match against Elizabeth on a small-sided field just like the old days. The Dynamo prevailed 6-2 as Matt P. scored 3 goals! Pat, Sahil, and Chewy scored the other three. There was efficient passing as Connor, Gabriel, and Sahil all had assists. "It was fun to watch", said a team insider. "It was a Goal-Fest".
Dynamo Drop a Close One
1st Regular Season Loss to Branchburg
The Dynamo came out strong but Branchburg was able to score first. The Dynamo clawed back to tie the game with an opportunistic goal by Matt P from an assist by Jason. Branchburg was able to put in another goal to win the match.
Despite the two goals, Chewy, who played keeper the whole game, played "crazy good" including an incredible stop on a direct penalty kick.
As one Dynamo fan re-capped the match, "It was a little bit of a crazy game - two yellow cards and the refs missed two Branchburg hand balls in the 18, which would have given the Dynamo two direct kicks".
The boys will be ready for the re-match back in EB later this season.
Dynamo Wins Season Opener
Boys Beat Somerset Hills 2-0
The Dynamo started their regular season with a 2-0 shutout over Somerset Hills Rooney. The boys played with confidence at home on a beautiful late summer day.
The Dynamo jumped out to an early lead as Patrick scored two goals, one on an assist from Amani. While a couple of Somerset Hills’ shots hit the crossbar, Keepers Chewy and Ryan F. made sure that none went in.
The fans went home happy.
Next up is an away game at Branchburg United.
Dynamo Ready for Regular Season
High Hopes for Fall ’09 Season
As the Dynamo conclude a summer of training camp, practices, and a tough opening tournament, they are ready to roll into the fall regular season. The boys were relaxed and confident as they enjoyed a day bowling on Saturday.
The team is home on Sunday and host the Somerset Hills Rooney.
Avid Dynamo followers are raring to go as one lifelong Dynamo fan said, "Bring On da Rooney!!!"
EB Tournament 2nd Day
Dynamo Drop Two Heartbreakers
In the early match, the Dynamo faced arch-rival Toms River Arsenal. It was a very physical match and the Arsenal came out ahead 3-2. Patrick scored his 2nd and 3rd goals of the weekend! It was a hard fought match by all the boys.
The Dynamo jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the late match with a nice goal by Amani, but ultimately lost a close one to Ridgefield 3-2. Benny scored the 2nd goal to put them within striking distance. Ryan F. and John stepped up big time on defense and along with gutsy goalkeeping from Matt T., stifled Ridgefield’s attacks again and again.
The boys should be proud of the way they played this weekend against some of the best teams that they have ever faced. Three out of the four matches were lost by only a goal! They have every reason to start the regular season with confidence.
EB Tournament 1st Day
Dynamo lose 2 but play with toughness
The Dynamo played Hillsborough in the early game and lost 2-1. It was a very close game between two talented teams. Both teams brought their "A Game" today. Dynamo’s goal was scored by Pat.
In the late game, the Dynamo faced the elite Stronghold Falcons and lost 5-0. Though clearly overmatched, the Dynamo never gave up and had some strong drives up the field towards the end of the game. The goalies, Chewy and Ryan F. had many impressive saves in the game.
Tomorrow, the boys face longtime rival, Toms River Arsenal. Go Dynamo!!!
Dynamo wins Scrimmage
The Dynamo played their first game on a full-sized field and did it with only 11 players. All eleven players played the whole game and all the boys contributed to the 7-0 win!!! Keepers Chewy, Matt T and Stelly all contributed to the shutout. There was a lot of teamwork and passing and the boys will become even more effective as they learn how to use the whole field. Their opponent, Spotswood, played a spirited game and had several good opportunities to score. Onto the EB Labor Day Tourney!