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DEA Bedford Soccer Club
Dale Dubois
Fax: 603-669-0900
Bedford, New Hampshire

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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, 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 Labonte 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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