TEANECK, N.J. – Coming off a midweek home win against Waldwick, the boys in blue faced league newcomers Island Strikers at Milton Votee Park. Knowing that it was going to be a physical match on a rough pitch, the absence of French center back, Mathieu Gouvernuer was felt from the onset. To make matters worse, midfielder Jonah Silk and defender Malik Malik were absent for the match as well.
A set piece in the Hakoah end opened the scoring for Strikers as a poor clearance was sent directly to the opposing team on the edge of the box. The ball was cooly slotted between the legs of Eyal Yechezkell who was on the goal line to help out Aleksey Nazarov. Before long, it was 2-0 as a defensive miscue allowed Strikers in on goal.
Some good passing combinations then ensued as Sjur Gundersen did everything he could to control the midfield with Mike Cabal. Tel Aviv native, Omry Lifschitz made an overlapping run and sent in a beautiful ball into the box which was put on frame by German Dubovis and into the net. Strikers would double their lead again before the break.
The start of the second half saw a change in goal as Dov Glickman inserted the young Jared Hoch for his first minutes of the season. As the second half progressed, a Strikers put their first in Hoch's net. Shortly after, a great offensive buildup almost led to a Hakoah goal. Michel Asayag controlled the ball outside of the box before sending in the onrushing Ron Glickman on net. Glickman took one touch and then a left footed shot to the near post as three Strikers were onrushing. The goalkeeper made a sprawling save to put the ball out for a corner.
There was little that forward Saeed Baba could do as every attack was stymied by the physical nature of the Strikers defense. Two more unanswered goals by Strikers marked the end of a rough match for Hakoah as they dropped to 1-2. Their next match is set for Sunday, October 16, 2011 against RD Benders in Paramus, New Jersey. The squad hopes that things will be different with the return of Gouverneur and Silk.