NBMSL Playoff Schedule for 9/29/13

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Time Event Type Location
9:00 AM Norcal F.C. @ Celtic Game For Pete’s Sake
11:00 AM Safari F.C. @ Thistle F.C. Game For Pete’s Sake
1:00 PM Inter F.C. @ Black Oaks F.C. Game For Pete’s Sake
3:00 PM Santos @ Local Boys Game For Pete’s Sake
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Final Table, Playoff Schedule Announced for Masters League, Oaks Draw Thistle

The Black Oaks Soccer Club - Ryan Cromie in front of the bench

Congratulations to the Black Oaks for placing third in the North Bay Masters League League, announced this week, a solid season despite injuries and the loss of veteran player Matt Sokol.  The Oaks came just ahead of Santos with +5 Goal Differential. Last years Championship winner Local Boys took 2nd and Celtic placed first.  Thanks again to the fans, all the players and their families.  There is more glory to be had however… this Sunday the playoffs begin with the Black Oaks taking on Thistle at 1 PM.  Hope to see you there.  Read on for the final table and playoff fixtures Sunday.  Also enjoy some recent photos. Read more of this post

Thistle Edges Black Oaks 1-0

Black Oaks v Thistle Masters League Soccer Santa Rosa August 12Many said it was one of the best games to watch for some time as Thistle showed up ready to play the first place Black Oaks. The Black Oaks were playing without key starters Jay and Tommy out due to injuries, but have hung in there with a deep bench; they also were given a boost by the return of attacking midfielder Dylan Schwartz back from break.  Thistle playing with former Black Oaks Peter Meechan, Matt Dunkle, and Alex Melo were well-organized in back with Mountain Matt in goal and Brian Heacock sweeping.  While the first half came to a 0-0 draw dominated by cautious midfield play, the second half opened up with both teams going for the win and getting great chances.  The Black Oaks threatened several times only to see Thistle strike back dangerously on occasions.  On one of these counterattacks towards the 90 minute mark, striker Alex Melo’s lunging volley from a floating back-post cross made the difference.  Melo, who had several dangerous forays, played for the Black Oaks Open Team about ten years ago.  Thistle continues to plague the Oaks in big games, matching up well and drawing in many recent meetings.  Today however they snatched a dramatic late-game win, which has to be a big disappointment for the Oaks who held the run-of-play for much of the game.

Black Oaks 2-1 Santos

We won 2-1! Kudos to our rookie keeper Alex as well as veteran Tim O’Donnell. With seconds to play our defense held strong. Santos had a free kick with 30 seconds to go. Their ace Freddy stepped up and hit the post. Santos got the deflection but Alex the Feline was there for the save! Black Oaks still in 1st place!