June 19, 2016 SECOND PLACE Boston City blanks Brooklyn Italians
MALDEN, Mass. -- Michael Bustamante’s fourth goal of the season earned Boston City FC a 1-0 win over the Brooklyn Italians at Brother Gilbert Stadium Sunday night.
BCFC (5-3-2, 17 points) moved into second place in the NPSL Atlantic Division, extending its unbeaten streak to four games.
The Lions broke a stalemate in the 57th minute after right back Guilherme Desousa earned a free kick in a clash with Ivane Kandelaki just outside the penalty arc. After Brooklyn struggled to clear, Desousa regained possession and crossed for Bustamante, who controlled and fired a left-footer past Joseph Blasetti. A minute later, Jhonata Batista went in alone but fired wide right.
“We knew that the goal was going to come,” Bustamante said. “We had plenty of chances and the keeper was fortunate that a lot of balls were going towards him. We knew we were going to get a goal, it was just a matter of time.”
Bustamante, a former New York Red Bulls midfielder, extended his scoring streak to three games.
Victor Scariot, BCFC’s 18-year-old goalkeeper, made a key late stop on Rasmus Hansen, who scored a hat trick when the Italians (3-4-2, 11 points) defeated Boston, 5-2, last month.
Boston’s first chance came after seven minutes, when Ronaldo Vieira and Samuel Batista broke through the middle from a cleared Brooklyn free kick, releasing Yaw Addow on the left. Addow curled a cross with the outside of his right foot, Homero Morais’ header saved by Blasetti.
Vieira then directed a header straight at Blasetti from a Morais cross. Brooklyn threatened on a curling Salvatore Barone free kick, tipped away by Scariot, then nearly scored as Harry Odell raced onto a through ball and poked a shot off an on-rushing Scariot, Marcelo Cunha recovering to clear for a corner.
Addow went down in a clash with Oleksandr Tomakh and was replaced by Daniel Souza in the 32nd minute, Boston City adjusting its 4-3-3 alignment. Addow’s status for Wednesday’s game against the Kingston Stockade has not been determined.
“It changed the whole game plan that we talked about throughout the week,” Bustamante said. “He makes things happen and it’s no secret that he’s a big target up front. We have good and technical players who can adapt and change games and that’s what we did today.”
Blasetti produced the save of the half in injury time after Vieira flicked on a Bustamante corner that was destined for the top corner.
Boston City threatened early in the second half. Samuel Batista redirected a Bustamante centering pass high in the 52nd minute. A minute later, Morais lofted a shot over the goal from close range, following a quickly-taken free kick.
Scariot saved on a Hansen left-footer in the 81st minute. Seconds later, Jhonata Batista drove a short-range shot wide.
In the 89th minute, substitute Pedro Da Silva broke away and was taken down by Kandelaki, then recovered to go in alone on goal, referee Joseph Poremba stopping play and issuing a caution to Kandelaki.