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Asteras Tripolis New York Falls Short in ITS 2022 Season Home Opener

September 17, 2022

The beloved New York soccer team of the Arcadians fell short with a 0-3 setback to the experienced NY Irish Rovers. The final score doesn’t reflect the true picture of the game, which by the way kept spectators engaged throughout the whole 90 minute period. The many missed opportunities to score on both sides and the many great defensive plays combined with a constant good flow would envy many teams in higher divisions.

For this season again the Greek-American soccer team will have on its side a great ally and sponsor, the largest Greek foods importer to the U.S., TITAN FOODS.

Back to last Sunday’s game, from the very first minute Asteras’ players looked into the eye of their opponents, and began creating opportunities to score. The team was very well set up by Coach Danny Diliberti, and this shows because of the fact the opponents had their very first serious counterattack attempt after the 22nd minute into the game! The shortfall for Asteras was they couldn’t capitalize on this excellent beginning. As time went by, Rovers were able to adjust and being one of the best teams in the Premier Division got to score first, right before the ref’s whistle at halftime.

Asteras FC defeated New York Serbia to open their campaign in Division 1 of Long Island Soccer Football League. Photo: Asteras FC

With a 0-1 deficit, the “Arcadians” tried to regroup and come back in the second half. Making all the necessary adjustments to repeat the following 45 minutes as well as the first half proved not a easy task as anyone would think so. The Rovers were determined not to make mistakes they made in the first half and subsequently doubled the score at the 54th minute. Is was obvious at this point Asteras was running out of steam due to the great effort at the beginning of the  game, but the fighting spirit of the team was still very well alive. John Rochford, the keeper for Asteras deflected a penalty kick at the 64th minute of the game, and gave hope to his teammates for a bettor outcome. But Rovers did not let go of their game, and with the experience they displayed came back with a beautiful shot outside the box to make the score 0-3, which was the final score of the match.

After the game Asteras’ coach understanding his players’ condition made a point that the championship has a long way to go, and this game was only a battle they lost. And in conclusion he set the bar very high and made it clear this year’s goal is for the team to make the playoffs. The team’s performance (especially in the first half) gave high hopes to the rest of the staff who are already organizing to improve its potential. On the other hand Asteras’ players still cannot believe how come they didn’t get a better result   out of this match and are already impatient for rematch day in the second half of the season.

Asteras Tripolis New York soccer schedule continues next Sunday September 18th with a friendly game and will return to its official league game on Sunday September 25th in the Greek derby against Olympiacos New York.

 

Source: Asteras Tripolis New York (Denos Vlahos)

 

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