|Loveland FC Indoor League
Week 1: 10 November 2005
Collette 2 BNT 6 .
Calvo (2) Bauer (10, 44)
Hessel (30) Radomyselski (15)
Bunti M (31)
Jones P (35)
Jones M (Y)
The opening match of the 2006 season featured a clash between the 2005 and 2004 league champions. Andy Hessel led the former team USA (2005), now Collette Masonry, and Patrick Jones captained the former team Russia (2004), now BNT Construction.
The notable transfer of keeper Jason Stevens would prove to be a crucial factor on the night. Last fall, Stevens left team USA in favor of BNT for an undisclosed fee but few doubt that a supply of Russian vodka was involved.
BNT welcomed 5 new players to the league: Kirk Bunti, Nick Bauer, Matt Jones, Josh Formholt and Holger Stockman. Collette's league rookies included Dave Bavis and Joel Carey.
The super-reinforced back line of BNT seemed to make an early “mis-underestimation. Early in minute 2, Jose Luis Esparza unlocked the feared BNT defense and connected with a wide open Enrique Calvo. The easy tap in goal provided Collette with the 1-0 lead.
BNT answered back in minute 10 through league rookie, Nick Bauer, who followed up his own shot to quickly strike the rebound in the net. Bauer continued to show well the entire night. BNT seemed to be clicking right from the start while Collette showed signs that they are not yet used to the new faces in their side.
Collette started to improve in the second half when crisp passing between Calvo, Bahri, and Hessel created the best worked goal of the night.
|For the first time, the BNT defense was at sixes and sevens trying to adjust.
Though Mohamed Bahri, Andy Hessel, and Enrique Calvo conjured up several genius plays throughout the night, BNT quickly reorganized and never relinquished the lead to record a comfortable 6-2 win.
Captain, Patrick Jones, was asked what he thought of his new signing’s debut performance. “I’m not sure”, admitted Jones, “The 17 saves were nice including the backward falling fingertip save off the defender’s deflection, but 2 goals in only 45 mintues? We’ll need to get him out on the training ground against the high school kids this weekend for some work.”
Radomyselski added, “And hey, the goals are small. Come on.”
Collette keeper, Dave Bavis has filed a protest to the league regarding the goal dimensions. “I’ve been practicing on goals 7’ tall and 12’ wide. These seemed at least ¼ inch taller AND wider.”
|Former Champions Open the 2006 Season|
|Jason Stevens (above) was named as the man of the match reaching 17 saves and only 2 goals conceded.