Week five of the Grand Bahama Champions Soccer League saw one team right the ship having suffered two-straight losses, while another team remained undefeated.
The reigning women’s champions, Sanitation Services’ Borussia Dortmund and defending mens champions, FOCOL’s Real Madrid both began the month of June on the right foot. Both teams picked up victories this past Saturday, June 1 at the YMCA’s soccer pitch. Dortmund improved to a perfect 5-0-0 record in the win/loss/draw column, while Madrid notched their second win of the season and currently sit on a 3-0-2 record.
Dortmund was the first to take the field on Saturday. Although the ladies of Paradox’s Real Madrid gave the defending champions a run for their money Dortmund controlled most of the match and ultimately put Madrid away, 5-2.
Dortmund’s Meghan Smith and Gabrielle Simms each scored two goals in the match, while Giselle Laing chipped in with one goal of her own. Madrid’s Janeka Edey scored the pair of goals for her team.
According to Dortmund head coach, Donnie Knowles, their main objective is to always make good on quality possessions. With the team off to a fast 5-0 start to the season, Knowles attributed Dortmund’s run of success to the girls making a special effort during every practice session.
“It starts from training and the girls really work hard at training. They’re really big on teamwork and we work a lot on possessions,” the head coach shared post game, “I’ve got to give Real Madrid a lot of credit. They pressed us really hard this game and it forced us to play tougher on defense at first. But once we figured out their plan we opened up and created some room and the counter attack was really good for us.”
Dortmund took an early 2-0 lead over Real Madrid in the first half thanks to goals from both Smith and Laing. Real Madrid pressed hard in the first half but the halftime whistle blew with Dortmund’s 2-0 lead still standing.
Led by Simms’ aggressiveness to start the second half it certainly did not take long for Dortmund to get their third goal of the game. As Simms dribbled her way through Madrid’s defense she found just enough daylight to strike in a goal past Madrid’s goalkeeper. The score ballooned to 3-0 over Real Madrid.
Moments after giving Dortmund a 3-0 lead Simms continued to evade defenders to score her second goal of the match, which made it a 4-0 game in Dortmund’s favor.
Minutes continued to tick as Madrid searched for answers. However, Edey finally got Read Madrid on the scoreboard after scoring off a free kick, which made it a 4-1 Dortmund lead. Moments later into the second half Edey scored another penalty kick to make it a 4-2 game in favor of Dortmund.
With Real Madrid gunning to make a comeback Smith was able to put the finishing touches on Real Madrid in the closing moments of the match.
With no intentions to dwell on the loss, Madrid’s head coach Elcott Johnson Sr. voiced that he was proud of the girls’ effort all game.
“They put their heart and effort into the game. I can’t be more proud of them. They scored two goals against a good team and kept them to a five-score game.
“We can only get better from here. We learn, we push on and just get better. I was excited with the result last week; our girls played well to beat Barcelona 10-1. To play a team like Dortmund and get a 5-2 result is a very good result. Next week we have Chelsea so it’s just about getting better from here.”
On the mens’ side, Real Madrid put an end to their two-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Sanitation Services’ men of Borussia Dortmund. Kianno Miller led Madrid with two goals, while Kyle Charlton and Vindero Lightfoot added one goal each. Jamario Charles and Tyler Foster were the goal scorers for Dortmund. Dortmund’s record now stands at 0-1-4.
Miller was relieved that the team was able to get back on the winning track. Noting that the mens’ league has definitely gotten more competitive in it’s second term, he expressed that week in and week out the team has to come out with the same collective focus moving forward.
“This win feels great, actually. The league has gotten a lot tougher, everyone’s work ethic has risen. It’s gotten tougher to even achieve a goal in these games. But it’s good to bounce back from two-straight losses.”
Charlton also shared, “This was a good team effort. Everyone out in their all. Our bench really played a big role today. We’ve had a rocky start but everyone seems to be getting better as the season progresses. Everything just takes time.”
The first half appeared to be a stalemate between both squads until Charlton scored the first goal of the day from the left wing.
Madrid got their second goal of the half after a mistake on the part of Dortmund. On the free kick taken by Charlton, the keeper lost control of the ball which led to Miller sneaking in to score, which gave Madrid the 2-0 lead.
Deeper into the half Lightfoot received a beautiful pass which led to the wing player putting in Madrid’s third goal of the first half, which made the score 3-0.
However, just moments later after Lightfoot’s goal Dortmund’s Jamario Charles responded with a goal of his own, making it a 3-1 game right before the halftime whistle was blown.
Minutes into the second half Madrid increased their lead over Dortmund. Thanks to a strike by Miller from just outside the keeper’s box Madrid went on to lead, 4-1.
It all came down to Dortmund trying to decrease the deficit from there on out. Not having much success finishing their possessions time obviously became a factor. However, with just a few minutes remaining Dortmund’s Tyler Foster took advantage of Madrid’s keeper who was out of position. Foster’s score made it a 4-2 game in favor of Madrid.
Madrid went into clock management mode until the final whistle was blown.
This coming Saturday, June 8, the ladies of Madrid will take the field to face Pharmachem’s Chelsea at 2:30 p.m. That match will be followed by the men of Madrid taking on Polymers’ Barcelona at 4:30 p.m at the YMCA.