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Welcome to TWELVE time Division Champion's, DEA Bedford Soccer Club home page. DEA Bedford Soccer Club is a very talented mens team that competes in the NHSC and in the NEOTHSL Masters division.  The core of the team has been together for longer than anyone can seem to remember (but we are working on that). The team has captured many championships in the NHSC and in the NEOTHSL dating back to the early 80's.  

Our home field is West Road Field in Londonderry, NH. Come see a game...

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Sunday, June 14
DEA Finish on a High Note

DEA closed out their most successful O-40's Division 1 campaign with a ho-hum 4-1 win at Andover.  The win puts them in 2nd place, 3 points behind Peabody.  DEA has a make-up game with Nashua, which will may be cancelled, but even with the win DEA will lose to Peabody based on head-to-head results.  After storming out to a 3-0-1 record in the first month, the second half of the season was less kind as they slumped to finish out at 5-3-1.  Surely, they will look to their 1-0 defeat at Charrua a couple of weeks back as their big regret.  Despite dominating that game, they came away with nothing when even just a point would've allowed them a shot at the title.

The final weekend had three games, and they all meant something.  Every team in action either had a shot at the title, or was trying to avoid relegation.  Andover needed a win to ensure they stayed ahead of Charrua, or hoped for a favorable result in the Charrua /Nashua game.  So, they were coming to play, which meant taking the over on the 2.5 would be the smart bet.

DEA welcomed back Elvis and Simon, who were both overseas and missed the last month.  Immediately, they became a better team. 

However, it was Andover who got the first chance.  Suddenly surging forward, Andover caught DEA outnumered and had a moment of a clear chance.  Flo recovered and forced the play outwide, where a touchline shot rattled the post and then dropped into the area.  Dr. Jones was there to clear from danger as DEA needed to take a breath.  It was hard to tell initially what happened, who was at fault for the chance, as the time-honored tradition of singling out the offending party and screaming at them relentlessly didn't occur.  It appears it was just "one of those things" and as the game went on, proved to be nothing to worry about.

Fifteen minutes in, Dr. Jones latched onto a poor clearance and drove a hard shot on frame.  It sliced away from the keeper, but rattled off the post and out of play.  

Not letting up, five minutes later DEA opened the scoring.  Jerold slipped in Ian (I Only Score in Big Games) Wallington and beat the keeper with a low hard shot to the short side to make it 1-0.

DEA began to dominate, keeping all action in the Andover end.  Elvis and Jerold simply bossed the midfield, leaving Andover to chase the game all over.  When the two of them are on the pitch together, being amongst the most talented (if not THE most)  in the league, and played together for so long, its magic to watch them work.  That magic was on full display with ten minutes left in the half.  Elvis skated toward the middle, just outside the box, and Jerold stormed through the high-line Andover was trying to hold.  Elvis scooped a pass over the top, where it settled neatly onto Jerold's right boot and he coolly finished to make it 2-0 at the half.  

2nd half saw more of the same, and DEA put up another at the 65-minute mark.  Barry crossed into the box, where Jerold busted through and touched home from close range to make it 3-0.

Andover, to their credit, kept trying and almost clawed their way back.  First, Jim Saalfrank curled a restart from 25 yards out that settled just over Simon's head, making it 3-1.  This tally would beak up Simon's shutout streak of 385 minutes, going back to the first half of their first game.   Minutes later, Saalfrank slammed a hard shot off the bar, as suddenly DEA had to flick the switch back on to ensure they rode the game out.

They iced it just a few minutes after that Andover flurry.  Jerold sent the speedy Walker through on goal.  With the keeper caught in no-man's land, Walker chipped him from distance for his team-leading 5th goal of the year and putting DEA back up by 3 again.

Jerold had a chance for a hat trick late on, dribbling through a maze of players before feebly yanking his shot wide from 5 yards out.  Still, his 2-goal, 2-assist effort capped off tremendous first season in the league.


After first climbing to Division 1 in the Fall of 2010, DEA hung around in the top tier for 4 seasons of mostly uninspired play, never accumulating more than 3 wins before finally being relegated back to Division 2.  They had hoped their stay would be short, but instead they found themselves barely hanging on and only avoiding a trip to Division 3 with late season wins.  However, they found their groove last Fall, storming through undefeated and took hom the title. 

 This year, with the influx of the Barry, Dr. Jones, Elvis and Jerold from the O-30's, along with the transfer goldmine signing of Pat Capozzi, DEA put all of Division 1 on notice with their play.  Simon was outstanding in goal for DEA, keeping them in any game and waiting for the DEA offense to break through.   

 This puts the finishing touches on a very good season.  Still, with how well the season went, that loss to Charrua in week #8 continues to haunt.  DEA looks to regain some fitness after some injuries piled up late in the season, but they look set for another run in the Fall.  Vegas bookmakers have already put DEA in as the favorites, with 5/2 odds for the title.  Oh, and yeah, only 4 cards all year!!


Tuesday, June 9

Well, well, well...As the official game reports rolled in, seems there was some interesting activity in the other games. 

Nashua's 3-2 win over Andover appeared to vault them back into title contention.  However, Nashua picked up a yelow and a red, pushing them to 11 card points on the season and docking them two points.  This drops their game point total down to 11 overall, 5 behind leaders Peabody, with a game in hand.  Andover is in no danger of dropping points, as they only sit on 5 with one game left.

Seacoast and Charrua looks like it was a rough one as well.  Seacoast's 4-2 win looked like it would enable them to play for a shot at the title when travelling to Peabody this week.  However, their win was marred by two more card points, pushing them to 10 on the season and their being docked two points as well.  Charrua picked up two more yellows and a red, running their two-week total to 7 card points and leaving them with 9.  They are in a relegation battle with Andover, so they will need to behave this week when travelling to Nashua.

The end result of all this is DEA has climbed back into 2nd place, 3 points behind Peabody with make-up against Nashua still to be played.  If Peabody drops points this week, and DEA beat Andover and wins their make-up game, they will take their first O-40's D1 title.

Sunday, June 7
DEA No-Show's in Battle for First

DEA played gracious host to Peabody today, allowing Peabody to walk all over them in a battle for first place that was terribly one-sided.  Coming into the match, both teams were level on points (albeit with DEA having a game in hand).  DEA easily played their worst game of the season, a totally disjointed effort that saw none of the quality that they carried for the first month of the season as Peabody waltzed to a 4-1 victory.  The days' results saw DEA plummet to 4th place as they have dropped 3 of their last 4.

In reality, nobody played really well.  There movement was decent, and there were open passes available to them.  However, their quality was non-existant as pass upon pass was sent wayward and were easily snatched up by Peabody.

First half saw Peabody make the most of their two chances.  First, 15 minutes in, saw their big target man Samuel Costa receive the ball in traffic with DEA defenders swarming him.  Credit to Costa, however, as he received off his belly and furtuitously, it fell forward with defenders behind.  Now with an open look, he smashed by Chris from 15 yards out to make it 1-0.

Ten minutes later, Jose Portillo cut inside from right to left, and received a cross.  Chris was caught wrong-footed as Portillo poked his second touch inside the near post.  A soft goal that would prove to be the game-winner.

Second half saw DEA trying to push forward, but still lacking that bit of quality required in the final third.  One sequence on 55 minutes put the game away for Peabody.

First, Itamar Pimenta, who was a handful on the left flank all day, broke in alone.  Chris did his best Rejean Lemelin, kicking out with his left foot and stoning him cold.  DEA broke up the pitch, and Laberge laid off to Jerold, open 25 yards from goal.  He ripped a hard shot, beating the Peabody keeper only to see it carom off the bar.  Peabody broke the other way, and again it was Pimenta in free.  He passed to the back post, where Flavio Sousa met it in stride and tucked it, and the game, away.

Peabody would get one more on a lucky hop to make it 4-0.  With 5 minutes left, Stubbsy took a long throw in and charged through some open space before slamming a low drive in to help break DEA's 200-minute goalless draught.

Going into the day, the tight division standings allowed for any team still in relegation discussions, and all but one team still having an eye on the title.  By day's end, the standings were more clear, and DEA may have just seen their dreams of their first O-40's D1 title slip from their hands.  The only positive is that they are now free from any relegation discussions, and still have an outside shot of the title, but it's not in their hands any longer.  

Updated standings:

Peabody 9 gp - 16 pts

Seacoast 9 gp - 14 pts

Nashua 8 gp - 13 pts

DEA 8 gp - 13 pts

Andover 9 gp - 10 pts

Charrua 9 gp - 8 pts

Next Weeks Games:

Peabody plays host to Seacoast in a battle that could determine first place.  Seacoast, after being shutout by DEA three weeks ago, have put 8 on the board in their last two games and seem to have finally found their rythm.  Peabody is riding 4 game winning streak, but lost 2-0 to Seacoast earlier in the year.

Charrua looks to stave off relegation with an 8:15 trip to Nashua.  Nashua beat them 3-2 in week #5.  Nashua is looking to win-out for any hopes of the title while Charrua needs to win and hope for a result in the DEA/Andover game (see below).

Similar to the Nashua/Charrua game, the DEA @ Andover game sees both teams with something to play for.  Andover will be looking for a positive result, as a tie may not be enough to avoid relegation.  Charrua has the tiebreaker over Andover, so if they win and Andover can only manage a tie, Andover will be sent down.  Andover will be coming to play and go for the win.  DEA still has an eye on the prize, but ultimately it's Peabody's title to lose.  A win by Peabody clinches it, but a tie or loss leaves the door open.  If that happens, and DEA can take three points off Andover, the season could come down to the DEA/Nashua make-up game slated for 6/18.  

DEA must get back on track for next week.  After storming out to a 3-0-1 start, only giving up 2 goals, the wheels have fallen off.  As good as that start was, the ensuing 4 game run has seen them give up 8 goals and only scoring 3, a near total reversal that coincides with a slate of injuries and Simon's absence in the net.  All look to be back next week, and they are sorely needed.


Sunday, May 31
DEA Falls to Charrua; Trash Day in Fitchburg

DEA threw away three points today by dropping a heart-breaking 1-0 defeat at the hands of bottom-dwelling Charrua FC in Fitchburg.  With the loss, DEA drops into a virtual tie with Peabody - DEA still leads by virtue of their 1-0 defeat of Peabody a month ago.  DEA also has a game in hand.

 Despite dominating the match in every statistical category, DEA somehow gave up a goal on the only "shot" on net, an over the head prayer by Victor Morales that barely qualified as a shot.  It was going so slow, a mosquito nearby nudged it and actually changed it's trajectory mid-flight before nestling into the back of the net like a newborn kitten into it's mother's loving arms.

DEA was all over Charrua in the first half, completely dominating possession and carrying all the play in the offensive third.  However, credit to Charrua's keeper as he was playing some solid sweeper-keeper...charging out 30 yards from goal and clearing chances away.

One well-worked chance had Brian Yergeau's restart from Jerold in the box, on the short post.  Jerold lofted to the back post, where Pat Capozzi got caught between two minds and pushed it wide.

Surely, DEA felt the opener was coming, so they kept playing as they were.  Jerold scuffed a shot with a bit of daylight in front of him; Laberge sliced wide from distance.  

Defensively, Charrua was out of ideas and just tried to outpunt Flo and Dale in the back.  Chris in the net just sat back and fielded faircatches easily.

By halftime, the game was starting to take on an air of worry.  Would this be the type of game that would see one team dominate, only got give up some garbage goal?

Ten minutes into the second half, that question was answered...and not positively.

After a misplayed corner, Charrua got their break when Morales' prayers were answered.  The ensuing celebration brought memories of Mario Gotze's goal in the 2014 World Cup final.  With Charrua at the bottom of the table, scraping for points, it meant just as much to them.

Surely, with over a half-hour left, DEA should be able to at least come away with a point.  However, Charrua tightened up in the back and kept chances from further out.  

Sharby's header was saved nicely; Laberge pushed two great chances over the bar, with the last coming in the dying moments.

The whistle sounded, and DEA was stunned.  There is no way they should've come away with no points on the day, yet they were left to watch the score updates to see what place they would wake up on Monday morning.  They got a few breaks as the scores trickled in, but with only 5 points seperating all 6 teams, it's anybody's title at this point.  

The injuries are starting to mount, but the squad depth is in their favor.   However, after being shutout for the second time in three games, they've only scored 2 in that span and 5 in their last five.  They've been winning with defense, still leading the league with a 0.86 GAA.  

In the aforementioned other action, Peabody thumped Andover, 3-0; and, Seacoast got back on track by upsetting Nashua, 4-3.  The updated table now looks like this:

DEA-7 GP, 13 points

Peabody-8 GP, 13 points

Seacost-8 GP, 11 points

Nashua-7 GP, 10 points

Andover-8 GP, 10 points

Charrua-8 GP, 8 points

Next week, NBC Sports will be televising live from West Road Fields in Londonderry as DEA plays host to Peabody.  By winning, DEA can knock Peabody from any chance of first place and put themselves in prime position to take the title.  They can't clinch it, but would put them on the precipice of their first D1 O-40 title in OTHSL history if they can get both sides of the pitch clicking at the same time.



Sunday, May 24
DEA Tops Seacoast; Climbs Back to Top of Table

DEA, while still battling a long list of injuries, topped Seacoast 2-0 to climb back to the top of the table as the season goes to the stretch run.  DEA played their best game of the season, rode a little luck, and has their fate in their hands with four games left.

With the injuries starting to pile up, DEA is thankful for their deep roster.  As is often the case, the season started with a crowded bench, and many wondered just how many minutes were to be available.  A month and a half in, and DEA has played the last two games with 12 and 13 players each.  

Seacoast has been a bit of a thorn in DEA's side for many years.  Always entrenched in Division 1 play, their Over-30's squad carried an 16-8-8 record against DEA.  However, with 7 of DEA's victories coming in the last 4 years as Seacoast locust'd another team and built up their O-40 roster.  Now that they have their squad fully developed in O-40 play, you can pretty much put Seacost down for 7 wins and having a go at the leaders.  

With the season-opening 2-2 tie on DEA's mind, they felt they left points on the field in their first game and wanted these big three points on the road.  Mindful of their absences, they preached to play tight and compact in the back, mark the living sh*t out of stud forward Mike Keevan, and take their chances when they came to them.  A liberal dose of Lady Luck will always help.

First half play saw Keevan causing some problems.  The strong, powerful forward was all over the pitch, busting to try to get through the combination of Dale and Flo, with some success, but no final result.  Twice, he snaked through and appeared to have a good look at goal.  In the first, Flo tackled hard and was possibly a bit fortunate to not give up a PK, hacking Keevan down but getting a lot of ball in the process.  Tough to give a PK in the first 10 minutes like that, possibly later in the match the ref goes to the whistle.  Minutes later, Keevan again tried to bust through.  He got Malachi-crunched again, finding himself down on the turf but not giving up...even trying the dreaded turtle-crawl diving header that was easily scooped up by Chris (again filling in for Simon).

Seacoast's best chances came off corners, and it was Shawn Day who was the problem.  First, he slammed an open header off the bar.  Moments later, another corner found him again free.  This time, he nodded down, where it bounced up and appeared to be heading in.  Chris just got a fingertip on it, barely redirecting it off the bar and out of play.

Pat Capozzi was again making his presence known up top for DEA, his silky moves allowing for a few good looks and forcing 'Berg into some tough saves in the Seacoast net.  

With a minute left in the half, a restart for Seacost on the right side from 35 yards out was fired at goal by Mike Poitrowski.  It also found a bit of the bar, but it appeared that Chris had it covered nonetheless.

Second half saw Seacost lose their inventiveness.  They kept trying the long ball to Keevan, but Dale was all over him.  Playing his best game of the season, Dale (with a bit of Flo's help) was in his pocket all afternoon.  Seacoast kept trying the same thing over and over, but as the match wore on DEA felt more and more comfortable with how to handle him.

Finally, on 65 minutes, another touch of luck came DEA's way.  With Capozzi creating havoc in the box, a mix-up between Cookie and 'Berg created the first breakthough for DEA... The ball worked out of the back as Flo passed laterally to Dale.   Dale found Walkers feet down the right flank.  Jimmy neatly lofted a ball to Jerold in the middle.   Jerold's went up for a head ball and the ball ended up in the net.....  may have touched a defender for an own-goal.  Hey...they all count.

DEA kept the pressure on, and doubled the lead 5 minutes later.  This time, Jon sprung Jerold down the right flank.  Jerold fed Walker in the middle, but tapped home from close range for some much needed insurance.

Seacoast wasn't done, forcing Chris into a couple of more routine saves, one by making the dreaded double-calf save as Keevan almost nutmegged him from close range.  If he's wearing thinner socks, that's a goal.

DEA saw out the match and their 13 points leaves them 3 ahead of their challengers, thanks to Peabody's 1-0 win over Nashua.  They are both tied with 10 (Peabody has played an extra game) along with Andover.  Seacoast is in 5th place with 8, and Charrua currently sits in the relegation zone with 5

Lots of really, really great efforts today around the pitch.  Dale was immense in the back, and Capozzi up top continues to impress.  Jerold looks to have become the most intregral player in the division, bossing the midfield and tirelessly running all over.  

DEA travels to Charrua next week as the season inches toward the final run-in.  There is hope for some returns from injury on the horizon, as the make-up game with Nashua is looming large and looks like it will end up deciding the title, it current form holds true.

Fantastic job boys!!

Sunday, May 17
DEA Stumbles; Nashua Goes on Top

A good opponent.  Key injuries.  Limited numbers.  That's a tailor-made recipe for dropping points, and that's what happened today as Nashua World Cup topped DEA 3-0.  Nashua now goes on top of the table over DEA by goal-differential.  The make-up for their season opening game is still to be scheduled, and it's looking like that could be the season decider before all is said and done.

With some late 'OUT' replies hitting the e-mails, DEA could only muster 12 for the match.  Nashua countered with about 25 players.  That discrepency would prove to be too much for DEA.  However, I refuse to be down after the game as the pervasive feeling was that was the best Nashua could throw at DEA; while conversely DEA didn't field anywhere close to their best squad.  IF they can get some returns on the injuries that cropped up, they feel good about their title challenge.

With several players out of position, Nashua held possession in the opening 15 minutes.  Jerold and Stubbsy needed to try to corral Reyad, who has a habit of popping up all over the pitch.  He was held pretty well in check, as DEA absorbed pressure but held any chances away from danger.

However, on 15 minutes, Mike Richards snuck between two defenders in heavy traffic, and found himself with a free look.  He fired a left-footer that bent away from fill-in netminder Chris Cloutier, who's fingertips weren't strong enough and could only parry it into the corner.  Surely DEA didn't want to go down early, and that's what happened.

DEA looked to break when they could, and had a good chance mid-way through when Barry's cross had eyes for Jerold.  He went up against Nashua keeper Magnus Karlsson, who simultaneously punched clear with his right hand while smashing Jerold with a left elbow.  Not necessarily a foul, but seemed a little unnecessary.

With time running out in the half, DEA pushed to equalize.  Reyad ghosted clear and beat the off-sides trap, waltzing through 2-on-OH with Shane.  Reyad smartly laid off to Shane, who touched into the open goal to make it 2-0 at the half.

DEA wasn't poor by any means, but lacked the quality in the final third to create some clear chances.  The talk was getting one early, and then see what happens.  With only JD as the sub, admirably providing effective minutes and giving everyone who needed a 5-minute blow, their rotation was down and energy was still positive.  The whistle blew for the 2nd half, and DEA came out storming.

 Early on, Pat Capozzi robbed a defender, then turned and shot all in one motion.  Karlsson saved, but spilled the rebound.  After a scrum, Sharby blazed over from close range.

DEA began to dominate the play, keeping Nashua penned into their area.  Nashua looked to break on the counter, but were stymied by the high defending line along with Jon, Flo, Rich and Brian locking down.  DEA continued to press to break through.  Then, mid-way through, a double-whammy of unfortunate circumstances put the game out of reach.

Jerold put Capozzi through, and he hammered a low short to the far post.  Just as it appeared to be in, there was Karlsson again, making the save of the game as he dove to his right and got just enough of it, clamoring off the post before falling from danger.  Five minutes later, Ivan Iwannaybuyavowel had a restart 25 yards from goal.  He drive hard, and it flicked off the wall and took a massive change in direction.  Cloutier had little chance to recover and again could only get just his tips on it.  Clearly a cruel twist which left the final scoreline a bit flattering for Nashua.

Overall, this was a pretty solid effort considering injuries took away Cliney, Laberge, Jonesy, Elvis and Dale;and work commitments sent Simon oversees.  That's half a lineup of quality personnel not in attendance, and it showed at times.  On the positive, DEA held their own for long stretches of the match.  It's a stretch to say they deserved even a point, as Nashua took their chances well and were more dominant in the opening half.  However, it surely wasn't a 3-0 game, and DEA was left to rue the short bench on a hot day.

DEA looks to get momentum back as their play Seacost on Sunday.  Game location is in dispute, but currently shows DEA travelling to Stratham for a 10:00 AM rematch of their 2-2 draw to open their campaign.

 Chin up boys, that wasn't a bad effort at all!

Sunday, May 10
DEA Still on Top

I don't have a lot of details, so feel free to send them to me so I can fill in the blanks.  Here is what I know:

 DEA beat Andover 2-0

Simon is riding a 320-minute shutout streak, going back to the waning moments of the first half of the first game.  In fact, DEA have kept the net clean for 355 out of 360 minutes so far this season.  Take away a 5-minute meltdown, they've been stellar defensively.

 DEA takes on pre-season favorites Nashua Sunday morning at the Presentation of Mary Academy, 8:15 kick-off.  In this case, soccer really is church.

Sunday, May 3
DEA Top of the Table

DEA's fast start continued with a tight 1-0 road win over Peabody.  They woke up Monday morning as leader of the congested OTHSL O-40's D1 table with 7 points in 3 games.  Currently, DEA is riding a 13-game unbeaten streak, going back to the Fall '14 season.

 With an 11:00 start in Peabody, many players found themselves unusually thirsty by the time the game started in the festival atmosphere at the Peabody Community Center. 

 Peabody had been a thorn in DEA's side since they moved back up the O-40's ranks in 2013, as DEA was 0-4 and were outscored 12-1 in that time.  

 After years of playing through terrible home field conditions at Sportsman's Field, DEA's move to West Rd. in Londonderry has had an adverse affect on their game.  With Peabody's lumpy pitch creating havoc on any passing attempted, DEA surely felt that they were out of touch in how to deal with the problems on the pitch. 

 Peabody took it to DEA early, and should've grabbed the lead on 7 minutes when their big target Samuel Costa was found open and headed what appeared to be into an open goal.  Somehow, DEA keeper Simon Burke dived high to his left and parried it around the post.  Surely, it was one of the best saves I've even seen.

 Back at the other end, Barry Fitzgerald crossed and Scott Sharby scaled high and strong, beating the keeper and nodding toward goal.  Jeff Stubbs slid over to nudge it over the line, only to see Peabody's Rui Melo clear off the line.  Minutes later, a similar play saw another loose ball cleared from the line again.

 Simon again came up big at the 30-minute mark when Edmar DosSantos latched onto a through ball and fired low toward goal.  The hard shot squirmed under Simon before he scrambled back and kept it off the line.  DEA dodged a bullet.

 DEA would take a lead in the waning moments of the half when another misplay by the Peabody keeper left a bounding ball inside the area.  Jim Walker pounced on it, nudging it over the line to put ahead.  A minute later, Jerold White tucked inside before ripping a low show that the keeper did well on, before spilling the rebound back on a silver platter.  Peabody was fortunate to clear before the halftime whistle blew.

 Second half saw DEA sitting back some, conceding possession and absorbing pressure, yet holding clear chances to the minumum.  Simon continued to be huge, mostly by his quick initial reactions before chances were created.  He slid out sharply to take the ball off the foot of Sebastion Barcelar's foot when he broke in in the clearest chance.  As Peabody resorted to lofting long balls over the top, Simon continuously strode out and snatched anything of danger away.

 With the win, DEA runs their record to 2-0-1, good enough for first place.  The Division is congested, with all teams within a shout of the top, only 3 points separate the group.  DEA is the only undefeated team, and with three other teams already sitting on 2 losses, they feel good about their position today.

 It wasn't their prettiest match, but instead a gritty win on an unforgiving pitch are how champions are made.  


Match Notes:

 *In their current run of form, Simon has given up 11 goals in 12 games.  He currently has a 230-minute shutout streak going, stretching back to first half of their first game.

 *Brian Yergeau ran his +/- rating to +6 on the season, and added in a short, sharp, shot to the ribs of Barcelar late in the 2nd half.


DEA hosts Andover Sunday morning on the manicured carpet of West Rd. Fields.  Andover currently sits in 2nd place, albeit with a 2-2 record (and one of the wins came via a forfeit).  They are looking to rebound after being handed a 5-0 thumping at the hands of Nashua.

Sunday, April 26
DEA Off to a Fast Start

All of OTHSL O-40 D1 has been put on notice, as DEA is showing they are a much different team than their last stay in the top flight.  After levelling Seacoast to start the campaign, DEA followed that up with a resounding 3-0 win over Charrua FC. 


(The below match report has been cobbled together from various wire services) 


DEA utilized their deep squad, as some regulars were away and they still could field a quality side.  Charrua arrived late, and even with the ref holding the whistle for the opening touch, they started with only 8.  DEA took advantage of the numbers when Scott Sharby got the scoring started in the 10th minute.  Charrua eventually would get their full squad together.


Elvis Zukovic doubled the lead with a low laser, tucking it inside the right post at the 35 minute mark after a nice feed.  Elvis had a dominant game, rattling the post once and being denied by quality goalkeeping several other times.


Pat Capozzi opened his DEA account in the 79th minute, hitting back on a counter as Charrua pushed forward in a vain attempt at getting back in the game.


Match notes: 


*Brian Yergeau ran his +/- rating to +5 on the season....

*Barry Fitzgerald will be complaining of 'dead-leg' this morning, having sent no less then 15 crosses into danger zone.

*Simon "Don't call me Cowell" Burke picked up his first full-game shutout for DEA (discounting the PAC Lowell atrocity last year)


In an early match up of league leaders, DEA travels to 2-0-1 Peabody next week.  Remember to tape those ankles as Peabody usually fields a dusty, dry, potholed patch with only sporadic bits of vegetation that passes for 'grass' in some primative cultures.  Well done boys!!

Sunday, April 19
DEA, Seacoast in a 2-2 Draw

DEA O-40’s kicked of the 2015 campaign with a 2-2 draw against Seacoast, a mixed-bag result as the score suggests.

DEA was making a return to D1 for the first time since the fall of 2012. Their last foray into the top division didn’t go so well, seeing them go 10-26-4 over 4 seasons. In their time away, they twice needed wins on the last game of the season to see them fall further down the competition into Division 3…a spot they had not occupied since 2009. Starting with last fall’s undefeated campaign, the optimist in me now says that the squad is riding an 11-game unbeaten streak. They don’t want to stop there, however, as their side has proven quality at every position, and they have their sites on a title, not merely staying in the Division. Time will tell if their ambitious goals are realistic.

The influx of younger blood has started last year, and after a flurry of deadline day moves further strengthened the squad as DEA Godfather Dale Dubois secured the rights to Chris Jones, Barry Fitzgerald, Elvis Zukovic and Jerold White from the O-30’s team. DEA also added Pat Capozzi to the squad, and all the newcomers’ class was welcomed immediately.

With the record-breaking winter of 2014-2015 causing havoc on the fields, DEA’s first game was rescheduled and their second was moved to SNHU. The artificial turf played fast, and the field was big, which took some getting used to.

First half saw Seacoast with much of the early possession, but DEA hitting back quickly on the counter. Seacoast, improved greatly themselves with a similar strategy of mining their O-30’s squad, had the first chance at goal when Bruce Pratt had a look at goal, but his open header lofted over the bar.

Ten minutes in, DEA would get on the board. Fittingly, it was the young bucks who would break the ice. Elvis skated down the left flank, turning smartly on the touchline before crossing in the middle. His initial feed was intercepted, but Barry didn’t let the play go. Sneaking in from the side, he snatched Tobias Svantensson’s clearance off hit foot and the ensuing rebound found the netting. Not the way Barry would’ve drawn it up, but we’ll take them any way we can get them.

Five minutes later, DEA would double their lead. Again, Elvis started the play by sending Jerold down the left flank (see a pattern here?). Jerold beat one defender before finding Chris Laberge with acres of space inside the area. Laberge took one touch before smashing a left-footer into the short side to put DEA up 2-0.

Smelling blood, DEA knew the next goal would be the biggest. Playing with the lead now, the possession swung to their favor as the half ticked on, and DEA searched for the third. Seacoast now sat back, absorbing DEA possession and hitting back on the counter. They got on the board in the 35th minute when Mike Keevan gathered a loose ball 30 yards out. He turned his defender and broke fee on Simon Burke. Simon made the initial save, but the rebound popped right back at Keevan and he popped it into the open net to make it 2-1.

Seacoast would level shortly after, and again it was Keeven. Working a 1-2 with Marc Griffin, he skated in from DEA’s left side and ripped a hard, high shot inside the short post just before the half. DEA walked to the locker room a bit disappointed, as they held the better of the play but tired at the end of the half.

The second half the heat and field size causing the game to get stretched out. Formations were lost as Seacoast looked to send Keeven through, while DEA held better possession, however stagnant it was. There will be some personnel familiarity to work itself out, as DEA got caught in a trap of just going down the left side for much of the 2nd half. Better options looked inside, while Barry tirelessly ran the right flank waiting to be fed. The play called for more ingenuity then DEA provided.

One good chance at minute 75 saw a build-up that started from an innocuous clearance to Capozzi. He settled in traffic, and put Jerold through with a good look. Jerold’s low drive beat Tobias to the right, but just slipped past the far post as the crowd roared with the delight, thinking it had found webbing.

As SuperRef started looking at his watch, there was a flurry of chances at each end. First, Brian Yergeau put Barry in through. His first touch was true, and he cracked a drive that clanged off the post. The rebound bounced around in the area, falling to Jonesy. His low drive was blocked, and after a scramble Seacoast cleared.

A minute later, DEA almost gave it up as Keeven again was found free. He latched onto long cross and his diving header bounded off the post. Again, a scramble ensued but DEA cleared. That would be it, a 2-2 draw that was probably the fairest result, but DEA surely looked internally after and felt there was another two points there for the taking. Not a bad return to D1, but could’ve been more.

DEA is back in action next week hosting Charrua FC. Make sure to bring your shin guards, this team spends a lot of time working the lower legs…

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