25 June 12
The latest reports from the BAFTA Los Angeles Soccer teams, featuring Members and Guests taking on the local competition in various league and friendly matches.
BAFTA Los Angeles Over 40s 3-1 Israeli Soccer Club
Alessandro Nivola set up two first-half goals and scored a third as BAFTA continued its league dominance over rival ISC. The Fightin' Forties dominated from the opening kick, piling up the early chances before Nivola set up Julian Stone for a trademark shoulder-dip, right-footed blast inside the far post. Minutes later Nivola collected Marc Ambrose's long pass and teed up Dan Sapienza for a rasping shot that beat the able ISC keeper. Shortly before halftime a Stone corner fell to Nivola outside the box and his cool, poised finish made it 3-0. It could have been more as Ivan Sokolov's well-met volley off a fe...ed from Stu Pollok drew a strong save and Chip Diggins blazed over the bar off a deft set-up from Stone. BAFTA almost threw ISC a lifeline seconds before the half as a miscommunication in the back led to two point-blank chances. But Ambrose saved the first shot off the line and Pollok miraculously blocked the follow-up to keep the clean sheet. A turnover in midfield, a whiff at the back and a pulled groin conspired to land ISC on the score sheet, but Brandon L'Herault's confident parry of a dipping free kick kept the margin at two and the BAFTA back line stiffened the rest of the way.