back to DasMagic menuWrapUp from 04-20-2008 1st Division KickOff
After winning the Championship in the National Soccer League Second Division last year and subsequent promotion, the start of the 2008 season would be the chance to show our stripes in the First Division. All the magicians would love to be drinking champagne from 'The Cup' at season's end.
We kicked off our pursuit of the top of the table at Das Magic Stadium on 115th and Kolin. The match was against a middle of the pact team from last year's 1st Division; a Polish squad called 'Stare Byki'. Even though we shoved in a few practice sessions and a friendly, the play was sloppy and slow (as expected). Impressed with the quick recovery of the pitch given the damage inflicted on it the previous week, it did nothing to improve our performance.
The slovenly start was punished with a goal for the opposition in the first ten minutes of the game. After Bobvuc unadvisedly came off his line and tried to clear a long lead pass, his clearance deflected to the top of the penalty area, creating an easy finish to put Stare Byki on top 1-0.
Although the play was lackluster, a new magician: Josh Bussiere (recruited by Reed), calmly chess-trapped a cross about five yards from the touch line in the center of the net and tapped it past the goalie to pull Das Magic even only a couple of minutes later.
As the first half came to a close, Das Magic dominated possesion and chances, but, there was no tally on the scoreboard. Finally, midway through the second half, Suda dispossed their fullback and accurately hit Timmy N. on the run though a gap in the defense. He buried the shot to the upper left side of the goal to give Das Magic its first lead in the first game in its first, First Division match. We sat uncomfortably on the the 2-1 lead and lost our composure. 'Stare' seized the opportunity and finish a dribbler from a defensive scrum, drawing them equal at 2-2.
With the final minutes in the match waining, a draw was looking like the good bet. Mark Mitchell decided he didn't like that result and took away a weak distribution from their defense. Cutting inside the left fullback and neatly tucking the ball high and outside the reach of the keeper to recover the lead for us as 3-2 with less than five minutes to play.
As had been our reaction to scoring a goal the entire game, we fell back into a defensive mode and let them dictate play. But for a 'iffy' foul called on a last ditch shot, the game might have ended in a 3-3 tie. The soccer gods liked us that Sunday and we settled for the 3-2 victory.