Doxa 4 – 1 Santa Ana Winds
Doxa got back to winning ways after several weeks without a game, down in Santa Ana. With plenty of rain hitting the southern California region in the past few weeks the field was extremely muddy in spots, which ended up causing some problems for both teams.
Doxa were the first to score. A corner from the right found Ilia Nazarov on the back post, who knocked the ball across the box to Pete Hazdovac. Hazdovac took two swings, eventually connecting with the ball and putting it in the back of the net. Doxa’s back line endured a tricky first half, with Marcus Watson’s attempts to make the Olympic handball team getting a boost. Half time saw the score at 1-0.
Shortly into the second half, Doxa took a 2-0 lead off a spectacular goal. Mat Davis lofted a free kick that fell on the right hand side of the box, where Bryan Byrne volleyed the ball with pure accuracy against the inside of the post and back across goal, right into his path. Technically it was a goal and an assist. Santa Ana got back into the game less than five minutes after that, when Watson won the yellow jersey by giving away a penalty. Brian Burdue down gracefully to the right, only for the Santa Ana player to knock it to the right (it was a good dive!)
Doxa rallied in the final 20 minutes, and Nas Koubouras got his first assist of the season when he put Pete Hazdovac through on goal. The big Croat took a touch and finished neatly past the keeper. In the last 10 minutes of the game, Kyle Holland came off the bench to settle the game with a deft goal. From around 30 yards up, Holland lofted a ball over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Next up for Doxa is a home league game on Saturday versus PSA at Manhattan Village.
1. Brian Burdue
2. Mat Davis
3. Andrew Villalobos
4. Marcus Watson
5. Nate Reeves
6. Nas Kourouras
7. Bryan Byrne
8. Ilia Nazarov
9. Pete Hazdovac
10. Steve Chirgwin
11. Ryan Taylor
12. Richie Million
13. Zach Roberts
16. Kyle Holland
17. Arron Craggs
Doxa Italia 5 So-Cal Real FC 1
Behind an Eric Meister double, Doxa continue 100% record.
A strong Doxa team made it 4 wins from 4 on the season with a convincing 5-1 win over league newcomers So-Cal Real. After failing to find a pass in the first 20 minutes of the game, Steve Chirgwin hit a screamer from the top of the box on a half volley to give Doxa the lead. Half time came with the score at 1-0.
Early in the second half it was Eric Meister who gave Doxa the 2-0 lead, and shortly after he made it 3-0 meeting the ball on the back post, heading it onto the post, picking up the rebound and placing it by the keeper. That allowed Doxa to make several substitutions, the left the team shaky for 10 minutes. During that period, So-Cal had several good chances and got on the board with a screamer from just outside the area that left Brian Burdue flapping. The birthday man then gave a kick out straight to a So-Cal forward – and the game could easily have been 3-2 only for the striker to knock it over the bar.
Shortly after, Doxa got back into a rhythm and made it 4-1 when Kamikaze Yuki getting on the end of a Sean Lockhart cross. The game was wrapped up with 10 minutes left when a Marcus Chorvat corner was met by the head of Zach Roberts, who made it 2 goals in 2 games.
Next week see a top of the table clash, with Doxa heading to play at Corona.
1. Brian Burdue
2. Bryan Byrne
3. Nate Reeves
4. Nas Koubouras
5. Steve Chirgwin
6. Mat Davis
7. Marcus Chorvat
8. Ryan Taylor
9. Marcus Watson
10. Eric Meister
11. Dave Adams
13. Andrew Villalobos
14. Noah Rothstein
15. Sean Lockhart
16. Zach Roberts
With only two weekends to go until the start of the 2010/11 CSL season, the full fixture list has been released. Doxa will be looking to maintain their stranglehold on the league and cup (which have been won 2 years in a row) starting with a tough away fixture to CGSA. December see’s a short break from league play, when the CSL cup group stages will take place, fixtures for that are yet to be decided. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the opening weekend.
Sat Oct 2 6:00 pm CGSA vs Doxa Italia Ralph Lewis Soccer Complex Field #2
Sat Oct 9 7:00 pm Doxa Italia vs Artesia Manhattan Village
Sat Oct 16 8:00 pm Doxa Italia vs Morelos Manhattan Village
Sat Oct 23 8:00 pm Doxa Italia vs So-Cal Real FC Manhattan Village
Sat Oct 30 7:30 pm Corona United Lazers vs Doxa Italia Eagle Glen Park
Sat Nov 6 3:00 pm PSA Elite vs Doxa Italia Concordia University
Sat Nov 13 6:00 pm Doxa Italia vs Garden Grove Gunners Manhattan Village
Sun Nov 21 10:00 am Santa Ana Winds vs Doxa Italia Centennial Park Field #5
Sat Jan 8 6:00 pm Doxa Italia vs Pateadores SC Manhattan Village
Sat Jan 15 6:00 pm Doxa Italia vs CGSA Manhattan Village
Sun Jan 30 3:00 pm Artesia DES vs Doxa Italia Faye Ross MS Field #1
Sun Feb 13 10:00 am Morelos vs Doxa Italia Hawaiian Elementary
Sun Mar 6 11:00 am So-Cal Real FC vs Doxa Italia OC College Soccer Field
Sat Mar 12 6:00 pm Doxa Italia vs Corona United Manhattan Village
Sat Mar 19 6:00 pm Doxa Italia vs PSA Elite Manhattan Village
Sun Mar 27 10:00 am Garden Grove vs Doxa Italia Chapman Sports Complex
Sat Apr 2 6:00 pm Doxa Italia vs Santa Ana Winds Manhattan Village
Sat Apr 16 6:30 pm Pateadores SC vs Doxa Italia Vanguard University
Doxa training for the upcoming 2010/11 season has begun. Over the last few weeks large numbers have turned out on Wednesday nights to get legs moving again as the team looks to retain its position as the Premier Amateur team in Southern California.
If you are interested in attending some Doxa training session, please send us an email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) for consideration. Please include details of your playing history, as this is extremely important in our selection process.