CNY United's first home game, this past Saturday night, was a definite crowd-pleaser.
This is the team's inaugural season in the PASL (Premier Arena Soccer League). The stands of the CNY Family Sports Centre on Jones Road filled up quickly with soccer fans young and old. For many of the youth players attending, the excitement started before the game even began, as they recognized their coaches turned players warming up on the field.
The excitement continued all through the evening. CNY United dominated most of the game against Bay State Select (Boston, MA), coming out victorious with a final score of 16-10. The fast pace and physical play of the game kept the crowd's eyes fixed, while the rocket shots and impressive displays of foot skills made them cheer. Two players were awarded for their standout performances during the game. Derek Popovich was named the defensive player of the game tallying the most goals of the night with three, and Alfred "Freddy" Chambers was the most valuable offensive player of the night.
After the game head coach of CNY United Pete Ramin was very happy with the outcome.
"Indoor soccer is extremely exciting to play and watch," Ramin said. "You put up one of these places and people play until midnight. It's even more exciting to watch with the talent on my team."
Having this caliber of play available in the Baldwinsville community is a huge treat for the many lovers of soccer in the area. Most of the players, in fact, have either grown up in Central New York, or have attended college here. Players Shawn Barker, Jon Ramin, Derek Popovich and Rick Anthony are all native of the village of Baldwinsville.
Music and prizes added to the exciting atmosphere. A DJ not only supplied the crowd with pump up songs and prompted supportive chants for the team, but also provided some helpful scoring explanations.