Boca Raton FC hosted the New York Cosmos at the Shipyard this past Saturday evening. The game was one in a series of games that Boca Raton FC will be playing in preparation for not only the APSL Season, but also the U.S. Open Cup the both begin in May.
With an early goal at the 3rd minute, by Andres Flores for the Cosmos, Boca Raton FC started the game on the wrong foot.
With no shots on goal for Boca Raton FC, the team kept fighting.
As both teams attempted plays into each other’s offensive half, the game began to heat up.
But with 3 minutes left in the half Boca FC had an attempt to get back in the game. Gabe Taboada split the Cosmos defenders, and the ball made it to Junior Prevalus who also split the defenders passing the ball to Nickardo Blake. But all efforts were wasted when the ball crossed by Blake flew too high and skimmed Colby Burdette’s head as the Cosmo’s goalie took possession of the ball.
As the first half came to a close, Boca FC went to the drawing board to see what changes were needed to get back into the game.
As the whistle blew, Boca FC was ready to get back into the game. The team had some good plays early in the second half but none resulted in a goal.
After holding up the 1-0 game and hopes were still high for a possible comeback, with less than 10 minutes left in the second half, a foul at the 20 yard out gets drilled into the back of the net by Hunter Freeman for the Cosmos.
The Cosmos showed its endurance level, and inn 88th minute another goal shot by Yasmani Duk, takes a deflection and bounces into the goal.
“They are a professional club,” said Coach Castillo. “Having a club of that level come down to Boca Raton to play us in only our second year of existence is a huge accomplishment in of itself.”
But as Boca FC went down, they keep their heads up hopeful for the games ahead and the learning experience each of these games have been so far.
“It’s great for the community and the city to have a team like the Cosmos come down and play us here,” said Scott Gordon. “We held our own against them but at the end their fitness showed and they were able to capitalize on it.”
510 people filled Boca Raton HS to watch the historic match.
“The fans were amazing,” said Shadi Harb. “They kept us in the game the whole time with their chants and their energy, we truly have some of the best fans in the league.”