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Boulders Power past Greys to complete a perfect Homestand

Boulders’ Ray Hernandez reaches down to line an RBI single in the second inning in win over the Empire State Greys. Photo by: Drew Wohl of the New York Boulders

The New York Boulders used a bit of home run power to complete a perfect six-game home stand, by defeating the Empire State Greys on Sunday by a final of 16-8 at Clover Stadium in Pomona.

New York was able to complete a three-game series with the Greys and the  Trois-Rivieres Aigles, as the team is now seven games over .500 (39-32), while also moving to within 1 ½ games of the Sussex County Miners for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division.

The Boulders were able to add to a 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run homer by Gabriel Garcia (14 on the year), as the frame progressed Tucker Nathans’ (11 on the year) solo shot made the lead 5-1.

Giovanni Garbella had a two-run shot in the fifth inning, combined with a two-run blast by David Vinsky as the Boulders were able to take a 9-1 lead.

New York kept on their home run groove thanks to Gian Martellini and Max Smith had back-to-back shots in the eighth. In the bottom of the frame Vinsky hit his second two-run shot that made the score 13-2.

The Boulders line-up as a whole had themselves a stellar showing, as all nine starters were able to get at least one hit in the victory.

The Greys, meanwhile, after being blanked in the first two games, got on the scoreboard in the third inning on a fielder’s choice by Trey Woosley. Jordan Holloman-Scott added an RBI  single in the eighth.

On the mound for the Boulders, July Sosa got the victory, as the starter went seven innings, while only allowing one run on six hits, while walking nine and striking out a career-high nine. Sosa now holds a 4-1 record on the year.

For the Greys they had Mizuki Akatsuka on the mound, as the starter went sixth innings, while surrendering eight runs and 10 hits.

The Boulders will get a day off before hitting the road to start a three-game set against the Ottawa Titans starting on August 9. Game one between the two teams is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Road Match Ends in Heartbreak Loss For NYCFC 3-2

The New York City Football club took a disappointing loss in Columbus against the Crew as the Cityzens dropped the road match 3-2 on a late goal by midfielder Lucas Zelarayán as Columbus continues it’s home success against New York having won 4 of it’s last 5 matches at Lower.com Field.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Post Match Press Conference Video Featuring thoughts from Alfredo Morales:

On a night where the team caught a lucky break in the first 4 minutes after a Santi Rodriguez shot was redirected by defender Jonathan Mensah and into his own net for an Own Goal but a early 1-0 New York league. However a Cucho Hernandez equalizer at the 20th knotted things at 1. After falling behind 2-1 on Zelarayán’s 1st of the night at 27, the team came out in the second half with more energy and a greater focus . Gabriel Pereira got credit for the equalizer after a second redirected shot by a Columbus defender got past Crew goalkeeper Eloy Room. However 10 minutes later Zelarayán picked up his 2nd goal of the night on a right footed shot to the left side of the net and the game winner.

NYCFC fans can also check out the following video featuring thoughts from Head Coach Nick Cushing:

After the match, Cushing praised his team, but admitted there were too many mistakes. “I think we gave their midfield players too much space in the first half. They did a really good job at stretching out our midfield players and getting Lucas Zelarayán and Cucho Hernandez on the ball in between the lines.” But the team has an opportunity to rebound as they will be having their second match against Inter Miami in 3 weeks after a 2-0 win at home back on July 23.

5 Notes:

1) Lucas Zelarayán continues his success against NYCFC. His two goals gave him 6 in 6 games against the Gents in Blue. He currently leads Columbus with 8 goals on the season.

2) Coming into last night NYCFC had already matched their road win total from last year with 4 (last year going 4-8-5 away from the Bronx). Additionally since the 2018 season only once has the team won more than 4 road games in a season when they won 7 in 2019.

3) Facing Miami again in such a short amount of time could be a good thing for New York. Miami sits in 9th place in the East however they are strong at home, going 6-3-3 in Florida.

4) NYCFC trailed at halftime for only the fifth time this season.  New York City FC now has a record of 1-1-4 this season when losing at halftime. On the other side the Columbus Crew now has a record of 6-2-1 when leading on at halftime. Part of the success comes from scoring 14 goals in the final 30 minutes.

5) Alex Callens came up limp after a collision in the middle of the second half. Early reports state it’s an MCL Sprain. A tear would have meant the end of his season however Callens is expected to miss some playing time and the MLS All- Star Game.

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Washington Mystics fall short to Los Angeles, 79-76

The WNBA Season is drawing closer and closer to playoff time, as the Washington Mystics continue to show why they will be a team that hopes to contend for a championship. In order to do just that though they need to compete and win against the tough West Coast Teams.

It was a tough battle on Sunday, but the Mystics fell just short of beating the Los Angeles Sparks, by a final score of 79-76 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Washington Mystics Post Game Press Conference from 8/7/2022. Video features thoughts from General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault and Elizabeth Williams. This was after the team’s 79-76 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks:

One of the stars of the game was Ariel Atkins who had a team-high 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Atkins has been on a roll, as she has been able to score in double-figures in 31 of her 33 appearances this season, which is tied for the second-most in the WNBA.

Forward Myisha Hines-Allen was able to tie a team-best with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Another star of the game was center Shakira Austin who netted 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while also having a team-high 10 rebounds; that marks her fourth double-double of the season. Austin is now tied with Alessandra Santos de Oliveria  for the second-most by a Mystics rookie in franchise history.

The Mystics also had a stellar performance by Natasha Cloud, who had a team-high nine assists. One of the biggest keys for the ladies as they progress for the rest of the season will be a continued balance of offensive and defensive play, as playoffs are just around the corner.

There will be a bit of a breather and practice sessions held by the team, as the next time the Mystics will be next in action will be on August 12 as the ladies will be on the road to take on the Indiana Fever. Tip between the Mystics and Fever is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Shorthanded Gotham FC falls to Chicago Red Stars

A depleted NJ/NY Gotham FC team fell to Chicago Red Stars 2-0 on Sunday evening at SeatGeek Stadium.

Gotham was missing five players after a COVID outbreak and two more due to personal reasons, but the visiting team was on the attack early.

Paige Monaghan was just high off the crossbar in the sixth minute on the first real chance for Gotham FC. Kristie Mewis kicked one just above the crossbars as well in the 17th minute on a set piece, followed by a Taryn Torres shot that sailed over the crossbar in the 19th minute.

Estelle Johnson cleared one out of the box midway through the first half, as Gotham’s defense remained stalwart with a few stops before Chicago Tatumn Milazzo scored in extra time to give the Red Stars a 1-0 lead at the half.

“We’re not playing well enough individually. We have a game plan, and we know what it is and we just aren’t playing well enough individually to execute it,” Johnson said. “I’m not quite sure why. Obviously, that’s something that we’re trying to figure out ourselves. But I just think that together as a team, whether it’s whatever it is, we just need to start playing better individually honestly.”

While Johnson didn’t think she had a great game individually, never liking to give up two goals as a center back, her coach sang her praises.

“Estelle Johnson was unbelievable tonight,” Coach Scott Parkinson said. “She’s a warrior. She knows exactly what it is to compete for this club through the highs and the lows. And she’s had a really tough couple of weeks after coming back from the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. I’m really pleased with her performance. I thought she was great.”

Michelle Betos made a diving save in the 56th minute before making another diving save while Chicago was in transition in the 63rd minute before Ava Cook scored in the 66th minute for the Red Stars to make it 2-0.


Gotham FC will travel cross-country to take on the OL Reign at Lumen Field. The kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. ET. Fans catch the action live on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Twitch internationally.

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Philly Union fall to FC Cincinnati 3-1

The Philadelphia Union dropped a tough match on the road against FC Cincinnati 3-1 to snap a six game unbeaten streak. It was the Union’s first loss since falling to Chicago on June 29 and only the third loss this season for the team, all coming on the road.

The first half started off with the boys in blue looking a little flat adjusting to playing on the road. The TQL Stadium pitch played very fast and slippery with many Union players slipping and falling all over the pitch in the first half before finding their bearings. Cincinnati appeared to strike first in the 36th minute with Brenner finding the back of the net on a header, but VAR showed Brenner had tapped the ball with his hand while falling which led to the goal, so the officials disallowed the goal to remain scoreless at halftime. 

Union goalie Andre Blake faltered in the second half with the first goal by Brandon Vazquez in the 50th minute on a left footer landing in the bottom left corner of the net assisted by Alvaro Barreal. The second goal followed shortly after in the 55th minute with Brenner sneaking a roller past Blake into the bottom left corner again on a pass from Luciano Acosta. Barreal caught Blake flat footed putting a roller past him in the 71st minute for the third goal. The Union got on the board in the 77th minute when substitute Paxton Aaronsen landed a rainbow shot from the top of the box. Aaronsen scored a goal on the same day as his older brother, Union Academy graduate Brenden Aaronsen scored for Leeds United in his English Premier League debut. 

News and notes:

– Haris Medunjanin of FC Cincinnati and formerly of the Union played his final MLS game, entering in the 85th minute. Haris played three seasons with the Union and three with FC Cincinnati. Haris and the team mutually terminated his contract so he could play closer to home in his native Bosnia. Union coach Jim Curtin spoke glowingly about Haris earlier this week:
“He’s largely responsible for shifting the Union into a winning culture showing players young and old the right way to do things. Incredible talent, one of the best players I was ever fortunate enough to work with, helped me a ton as a young coach, and an incredible person off the field. I wish him the best of luck.”
 
– This was the first victory over the Union by FC Cincinnati in franchise history. Cincinnati coach Pat Noonan is in his first season leading the squad following four years as an assistant coach with the Union.

– The Union signed Midfielder Richard Odada from Red Star Belgrade and Center Back Abasa Aremeyaw from a Slovakian league earlier this week for added depth. 

– The Union return home to Subaru Park with a match against the surging Chicago Fire on Saturday August 13. The Fire come in riding a five game unbeaten streak as the Union look to avenge their 1-0 defeat at Soldier Field June 29. The match kicks off at 7:30pm on PHL17 and ESPN+. 

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1495Sports TV Presents : Interview with NYCFC II Stars with Scott Churchson

1495 Sports TV and Stream Punk Sports is proud to bring the following video as Scott Churchson interviews Steven Bednarsky, Andrew Maia and Julian Gomez from NYCFC II. Scott interviews each and gets thoughts on their match vs Columbus, who the funniest on the team and more:

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Hofstra And South Florida Announce Home-And-Home Series

The Hofstra men’s basketball program announced another exciting addition to the upcoming schedule as the Pride and South Florida have agreed to a two-year home-and-home contract. 

The 2022-23 game will be on Monday, December 19 in Tampa, Florida. The return game at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex will be during the 2023-24 season on a date to be determined. The Hofstra Office for Development and Alumni Affairs is planning an alumni event around this year’s game and more information will be available soon. 

“Another huge addition to our schedule,” commented Hofstra Head Coach Speedy Claxton. “To be able to agree to a true home-and-home with an opponent like South Florida and with a team from a conference like the American Athletic Conference speaks to how highly our program is thought of. We will continue to challenge our team and we look forward to facing the Bulls in Florida this season and seeing a ton of our incredible Hofstra alumni!”

Hofstra has previously announced non-conference games versus Iona (November 11), at Saint Mary’s (November 19), at Purdue (December 7), and versus Massachusetts (December 11 at the Barclays Center). 

The 2022-23 game will be the third-ever meeting between the teams on the hardwood and the first since the 2014-15 season.

For more information on the Hofstra University Athletics Department fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

 https://gohofstra.com/