Mass United earned its second consecutive National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) win on Saturday with a near-dominating 3-1 decision over conference leaders Brooklyn Italians in Brooklyn. The Riders took control from the opening whistle and frustrated an out-of-sync Italians team with stifling team defense and merciless counter attacks.
United opened the scoring in the 12th minute when a free kick taken by Babacar Ndour was sent perfectly 30+ yards to forward John Bavota, who controlled it with his chest and cleverly freed himself, sending it into the net with what can best be described as a karate kick.
Despite United’s control of play the second goal remained elusive until there were only moments left in the first half when an errant backheel by Diego Zuniga went by goalkeeper Antonio Salluzzi and into the net for the 2-goal lead.
United put the game away in the 73rd minute when second half substitutes Anton DaSilva and Luis Mattos teamed up for the third goal. An attempted 1-2 was blocked by a defender but Mattos regained control and blasted it by replacement keeper Nathaniel Simons, putting the game out of reach. Brooklyn did manage to get on the board in stoppage time however, when Jumol Harewood ruined United keeper Baboucarr Njie‘s well deserved clean sheet.
This was another total team effort by United, building on their 2-1 win over FC New York last week. United’s player of the game was F Denivaldo DaSilva who, though not getting on the score sheet, was once again a force throughout the game that Brooklyn simply didn’t have an answer for.