Team Guindon (White) takes home the 2019 CASL championship with a 4-0 win over Team Caruolo (Green)! DerSimonian opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a shot (cross?) that found the upper corner of the net. Green battled and put together dominant stretches of play in the first half but were unable to score. After half time it was all White, Sullivan scored on a thunderous header off of a corner and minutes later Severini beat the wall on a set piece to make the score 3-0. Green mounted several good scoring opportunities, forcing white’s keeper, Noel, to make a hand full of spectacular saves. Lonner sealed the game with a bending shot that found the corner to put team Guindon up 4-0. The championship game MVP went to Sullivan!
The 2nd game in the playoff double header was between #1 seed team Guindon (White) and #4 team Reilly (red). White was gifted an own goal in the first 5 minutes and used the momentum to high pressure team Reilly. Severini tapped in a rebound and Stein slotted a ball into the back corner to put team Guindon up 3-0, just 20 minutes into the match. Despite battling the injury bug, Red settled in to play some good soccer and created several chances but were unable to convert. Just before half, Severini again found the back of the net to push the score to 4-0. The 2nd half saw White continue their strong play, getting goals from Garrido, Pehlivanov and DerSimonian to seal the game, setting up a championship matchup between #1 seed team Guindon and #2 seed team Caruolo on Thursday night!
The first playoff saw Goldschmidt’s Black squad coming into the playoffs on a hot streak versus the perennial powerhouse of the Caruolo brothers’ Green. It also featured the Lesage brothers squaring off against one another in the nets. Just after Green put one off the crossbar, Black got on the board first about 10 minutes in with Golden Boot winner Mason Sellig connecting from inside the six after controlling a long punt into the eighteen from his keeper Taylor Lesage. Later in the 1st half, Taylor made an amazing tip save off of a header from inside the six by Mike Kistler. It was back and forth until Green leveled the score with a nice strike to the far post from inside the eighteen from Jack Miller just before half. The second half was even to start until Alex Bojorquez scored off a header to put Green in the lead 2-1. Black then began to pick up the pressure and Mason Sellig was fouled inside the box with 20 minutes left. Sellig was denied the PK with a great save by the goalie of the year Mason LeSage. The air then came out of Black’s attack a bit and Bojorquez added another goal with 13 minutes left and Green prevailed with a 3-1 win to march on to the CASL championship.