Page 16 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE – Friday, July 5, 2019 Boston City FC looks to build on thrilling victory in final match of NPSL season NYAC visits Harry Della Russo Stadium on Saturday with Lions roaring after 4-2 win B OSTON, Mass. – Buzzing after a thrilling 4-2 home win over playoff-chasing rival Kingston Stockade, Boston City FC aims to close out the 2019 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) season on a high note this Saturday, July 6. New York Athletic Club (NYAC) visits Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere at 7 p.m., with the Lions in a confident mood, having won at home for the first time this season. NYAC also took three points from their penultimate match and scored four goals in the process, so soccer fans should be in for a treat on Saturday. Tickets are available at www.BostonCityFC.com. Historically, NYAC has proved to be a troublesome opponent for the Lions, winning in Boston in 2016 and 2017, with Boston City claiming victory in only one of six meetings. Buoyed by last Sunday’s home success, which knocked bitter rivals the Stockade out of postseason contention, the hosts will be looking for three points to reward the home fans in Revere. The sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the season with Jhonata Batista finding the target, though the club’s top scorer was absent from the win over the Stockade as four defenders operating in midfield The Boston City Football Club each scored for the first time. In a memorable victory, William Balanta earned a 16th-minute lead with a decisive finish from 15 yards out; nine minutes later Willian Bonora Santana doubled the advantage as he broke free on goal, calmly controlled the ball and slotted a composed finish past the keeper. Kingston drew level with two second-half goals, but Francisco Neto’s trickery won a penalty that he scored to take a 3-2 lead, and Avner Alves also converted from the spot in added time. The club's Ironside Crew supporter group will present their Player of the Season award following Saturday’s match. Previous winners were goalkeeper Vitor Scariot (2016), top scorer Isaac “Nana” Addai (2017) and goalkeeper Jake Wagmeister (2018). Match facts: Boston City FC (2-9-2) vs New York Athletic Club (2-10-1) VIRGINIA | FROM PAGE 9 you call 911 for help, you get the Fire Department. There comes a crew of about three or four members. They are so kind, caring, and know just how to handle every situation. In some cases, they have to call for an ambulance to take the person to the hospital. I am so proud of them. There are new fire engines – much safer than before for the firefighters. No standing Saturday, July 6, kickoff 7 p.m. Harry Della Russo Stadium, Park Avenue, Revere, Mass. Boston City FC vs. New York Athletic Club match notes: The teams have met six times, with NYAC having won 3, Boston City 1 and 2 draws... In 2016 the Lions lost 0-2 at home and drew 0-0 away... In 2017 the series was split with a 2-0 Lions away win and a 2-1 home reverse... In 2018 a 1-0 defeat in New York was the outcome... On May 15 this year, in the fourth match of the season, NYAC took an 11th-minute lead through Hee Yang, then Jhonata Batista levon the back step – much safer. When I was young – in about the 4th grade at the Immaculate Conception School on Highland Ave., here in Malden – one day the fire truck went by with sirens blasting, and the little sweet nun said to us, “Now children, whenever you hear the sirens on the fire truck, say a little prayer for those wonderful firefighters who are risking their lives for you and me. Don’t forget the firefighters already at the eled nine minutes later. The Lions missed several chances and settled for a point on the road... Twenty players have made debuts for new-look Boston City FC this season... Leonardo Carvalho made his first appearance of 2019 last week, having played for the club in 2017 and 2018... Jadson Leite returned from a lengthy suspension against Kingston to make his 2019 debut, also having played for the club in 2017 and 2018... Boston City has now scored 15 goals in 2019, eclipsing the lowest total of 12 in 2018 but shy of the 2016 (29) and 2017 (30) totals. fire.” From that day to this, I have never forgotten what this sweet nun said to us. Let us be thankful for the firefighters, men and women, that are so often called upon to protect us from the dangers of fires and accidents that can happen so quickly in our lives, and for the unselfish way they put their lives on the line in order to save others. God bless all firefighters, here today and those gone before us, but not forgotten. Thank you! For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@advocatenews.net

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