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DEA Bedford Soccer Club
Dale Dubois
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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, 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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