Welcome to Kendall Wanderers F.C.
Kendall Wanderers F.C. is one of the oldest amateur soccer teams in Massachusetts.
The club currently consists of 3
teams playing in the BSSL
and two over 30s teams playing in
Our first team are current BSSL Division 1 League champions (2013).
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Cambridge Arsenal 0-4 Kendall B: Kendall B made their way to Thayer Academy South Campus in Braintree looking to build some momentum following last week's 4-2 win over Boston Gunners. Cambridge Arsenal started the game with just 10 players, so Kendall pressed them hard in the opening stages. Johnny Crowley and Chris Scearbo were running riot on the right wing, creating chances almost at will. However, there was a scare for Kendall as it looked like Cambridge Arsenal had taken the lead. A free-kick just inside the halfway line was floated to the back post for the Arsenal player to head home. Luckily for Kendall, the offside flag had been raised. Midway through the half Kendall's dominance paid dividends as they scored the opening goal of the game. Crowley and Scearbo with some neat play down the right wing to set up Jonah Fontela just inside the box. Jonah, whose youthful, beardless visage still adorns the profile page of Cambridge Arsenal's Twitter account, moved the ball onto his left foot and curled home a peach into the far corner. Arsenal were up to a full compliment of players by this stage but Kendall continued to dominate proceedings. The second goal came just before the half as Dave Clifford continued his prolific goalscoring run with a close-range effort after continued Kendall pressure. The importance of the third goal was stressed in the team talk and the Kendall went straight out and scored it at the start of the second half. Scearbo put on the afterburners to catch the goalkeeper unawares and steal a through ball away from him. Scearbo's first two efforts were blocked by a combination of 'keeper and defender but he made sure with his third attempt. Mark Cotton and Colm Caffrey were controlling the midfield area, and it was the latter who burst forward and hit a beauty of a cross into the box for Jonah to volley into the roof of the net - the second of the game for the former Arsenal man. Kendall closed out the game with some good possession football to keep a well-deserved clean sheet and get a defining week off to the perfect start. Next up is a midweek game versus Groton House at Pine Banks Park in Melrose. If all goes well for Kendall there, it would set up a possible BSSL Division 2 title decider against MIT at Danehy Park next Saturday.
Kendall O30A 3-2 FFC: Kendall's top veterans took all the points in yet another feisty NEOTHSL Division 2S fixture at Danehy Park. Aido Finnan's charges were 3-0 up on FFC at the half and in control of the game but were under the kosh for most of the second and hanging on by the end to secure a 3-2 victory. Straddling both halves was a very, very poor referee. He was like an onion of incompetence. As each layer was peeled away a further layer of incompetence was revealed and all would bring tear to the eye. His ineptitude fanned the flames of discontent and disagreement, and only served to drag the game into a mire of collision and contention. After a sloppy opening Kendall began to control the game and when an attack down the left wing was cut off the ball was worked back around to the right. Paul Garvey found Jonah Fontela on the edge of the box and doing what he does so well, Jonah lifted a powerful shot past the keeper. 1-0. Kendall's second came when another cross from the wing found the head of Ash Hosny and his powerful header left the 'keeper with no chance. Derrick James made it 3-0 after a pinpoint ball from Garvey found his offside beating run and Derrick took two touches to round the keeper and slotted the ball across and behind the desperate slide of FFC's centre-half and home. So all seemed good at the half but Kendall were weakened by the loss of two key players in Jonah (to a hamstring injury) and Derrick (to a painting and decorating engagement). Nonetheless, a confident Kendall took the field for the second half. However, that confidence was rattled after only 38 seconds when FFC showed they were no busted flush and announced their fighting intentions with a quick goal and a perfect start to their half. The bitterness and bad humour increased as FFC sniffed their chance in the air and fouls, some imagined and some ignored by the dreadful ref, peppered the game. Still, FFC controlled the game and with 15 minutes left they scored a second and really rattled Kendall's already weakened confidence. Kendall hung in resolutely for the last quarter, with a mixture of stout defending and occasional forays forward keeping them in it. FFC missed a glorious opportunity to level the score in the closing stages, their striker knocking a well-worked opening over an open goal from eight yards out. After five minutes of injury time the ref finally blew for a 3-2 Kendall win. It was truly a game of two halves and one half wit in the referee, but with three valuable points in the bag Kendall's veterans proved that there's life in these old dogs yet.
South Coast Spartans 3-5 Kendall O30 B: Another long trip down to Fairhaven proved fruitful for Kendall B, but their win over the South Coast Spartans was not without its difficulties. It all started swimmingly for the Kendall as a brace of first-half goals from Justin Teman gave Lar Barden's troops a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break. Unfortunately, Kendall were caught early in the second half and a goal gave Spartans hope they could get something from the game. That hope grew further still when they equalised through a penalty. The spot kick was awarded after Mike McCormack did a Luis Suarez (or a Phil Neville for those with better memories) and handled the ball on the line from a corner. Mike Mac received a straight red for the offence, though he was already walking a tightrope after he was cautioned for a rugby tackle earlier in the encounter. The dismissal left Kendall's OTHSL Division 5S title hopes in a perilous state. At 2-2 and down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes, it didn't look good for Wanderers to say the least. Fortunately, Tim Boomer decided to produce a man-of-the-match performance and helped drag Kendall out of the mire. It was Boomer who made it 3-2 after some neat interplay with Teman, but that goal was quickly cancelled out by another Spartans equaliser. However, Boomer was not to be denied and it was his pressure on the Spartans goalkeeper that afforded him the chance to put Kendall ahead again. The lanky winger is not renowned for his composure in front of goal, but he kept his cool this time to slot home into the empty net to notch his second goal of the game. And Boomer was not done terrorising the Spartans yet. It was the number 11's through ball that allowed Tomislav Zovko finish clinically to secure a crucial three points. Club Recordacoes De Portugal remain in top spot, but this victory means that the Over 30 Bs keep themselves in position to capitalise on any slip-ups by the league leaders.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Kendall A 1-2 First Wave: Whatever hope Kendall A had of retaining the BSSL Division 1 crown was dashed on Saturday when they were edged out 2-1 by champions-elect First Wave. Despite each side creating decent chances in the first half, the interval was reached in this top of the table clash at Lancaster with no goals to show for an entertaining opening period. First Wave took control of the fixture after the break, however, and were 2-0 in front by the time the 70th minute was reached. Pat Day pulled one back for the Kendall, but Wanderers were unable to land an equaliser. A draw would have been of little use to Kendall in truth, as that still would have left them six points behind First Wave with a game more played. Although hopes of league glory may be gone, there is still a chance the As could land silverware in the BSSL McKenzie Cup. They are scheduled to play a semi-final in late October.
Kendall B 4 - 2 Boston Gunners: Kendall B got their promotion bid back on track with a comfortable win in the cold and wet surroundings of a deserted Lancaster. Kendall took the lead inside the opening five minutes of this BSSL Division 2 clash. Hisham Boualam hit a magnificent through ball behind the defence for Chris Scearbo to run onto and the latter kept his composure to round the keeper with a dummy and slot home. Wanderers dominated the early exchanges, with Colm Caffrey winning what seemed like every ball in the midfield and Hisham spraying the ball around the field with great technique. The domination led to a second goal when Scearbo got behind the defense and rounded the keeper once more. Kendall kept pushing forward, with Derrick James, Jonah Fontela and Gabe Reich causing the Gunners' defence all sorts of problems with their neat interplay. Dave Clifford came on and nearly added to his Kendall account when he was played through but his attempted lob was miscued. Towards the end of the half Kendall lost their composure somewhat and Gunners benefited from a ricochet in the box to pull back a goal. Otherwise the reshuffled back-line of Brian Mozeleski, Dennis Brosnan, James Canny and Ethan Bates was looking very assured. 2-1 at the half. Kendall started the second half brightly again, with Hisham dictating the play in midfield. He then picked up a knock and had to come off to be replaced by Rafael Macabral. Rafael continued the good work and Kendall began opening up the Gunners at will. It was his inch-perfect cross for Jonah to add the third. Johnny Crowley broke down the right wing after some more great midfield play and his cross was turned in by Dave Clifford at the front post to make it 4-1 to Kendall. More chances came and went, with Jonah nearly grabbing his second, but the fifth goal proved elusive. The Gunners pulled one back with 10 minutes to go but Kendall closed out the game well to jump back to second in the table.
Kendall O30 B 3-2 Portuguese United: Kendall B took a firm grip of second place in the NEOTHSL Division 5S table after this squeaky-bummed win at Dedham yesterday morning. Lar Barden's troops are traditionally slow starters, but they were quick out of the traps for this one and built up what looked like an unassailable 3-0 lead by half-time. Striker Justin Teman bagged himself a brace, while Mike Curley also made a welcome return to the scoresheet. Conceding two goals early in the second half made life very uncomfortable for Wanderers, but they managed to keep Portuguese United at bay for the rest of the game and secure the all-important three points. A back to the walls victory it may have been, but Kendall now hold a five-point advantage over third-placed Portuguese United. It would look now to be a two-horse race, and the challenge is to reel in pacesetters Club Recordacoes De Portugal. The Fairhaven outfit still have a 100% record, and enjoy a two-point lead over Kendall with a game in hand.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Kendall A 7-1 Blackbeard FC: Kendall A got back on track after last week's defeat to MPS by recording a resounding 7-1 victory over Blackbeard FC at Danehy Park on Saturday afternoon. Despite the final scoreline in this BSSL Division 1 encounter, the first half was a tight affair played in light rain at the North Cambridge venue. Kendall controlled possession in the early stages, but Blackbeard's solid defensive formation made it difficult for Wanderers to break them down. But the Kendall did lead at the break thanks to a superb 20-yard shot by Sean Kaukas. If Blackbeard were happy with their first-half rearguard action, they were unable to replicate it after the restart as Kendall hit them for three goals in just 10 minutes. Francis Mulkern, Ben DS and Kaukas (his second of the game) made it 4-0 and put the game well beyond the visitors. Blackbeard were unable to stem the tide, and further goals from Todd Shigo, Tim Prior and Robbie Sabadoz put Kendall in seventh heaven. Evan Weagle had another impressive game between the posts for Kendall, but he was denied a clean sheet when Blackbeard pulled one back with a tidy finish five minutes from time.
Milford Lusitanos FC 3 - 1 Kendall Wanderers B: Kendall B made the long journey out to Lancaster for a vital BSSL Division 2 game against Milford Lusitanos FC. Milford were third place in the table at the start of the day, two points behind second-placed Wanderers. The opening exchanges of the game were very even affair as both sides looked to pass the ball around and get control of proceedings. Kendall welcomed back Austin Britt from the A team, courtesy of a transfer deadline day signing. Austin kept things ticking over nicely in midfield, with Colm Caffrey and Gabe Reich also impressing in the engine room. Kendall were soon opening up the Milford defence. Both Chris Scearbo and Andy Muir were getting in behind the Milford full-backs with ease. On one occasion, Andy was clean through on goal but his effort was well saved by the goalkeeper. Chris then sprung the offside trap to race clear. He showed great composure to coolly square the ball to Dave Clifford for the latter to notch his second goal of his fledgling Kendall career. Andy had another effort which just went wide of the post, the all-important second goal proving elusive. Milford grew into the half as their tactic of long balls over the top to the pacey striker started to cause Kendall some problems at the back. One such long ball was misjudged and the Milford striker found himself clean through on goal. He finished off the chance to punish the lapse in concentration. Kendall gifted up another opportunity to the Milford striker, but he somehow put the ball wide of the post. Kendall stopper John O'Toole was then called into action to make a terrific save from a one-one-one situation. Kendall looked shaky at the back in truth, with the early-season defensive resoluteness sadly missing. 1-1 at the half. The second half started very evenly again, with both teams looking dangerous in attack. Unfortunately for Kendall, it was Milford with the lion's share of possession. Another innocuous ball over the top caught the Kendall rearguard napping and Milford showed the clinical finishing missing from the Kendall attackers. 2-1 to Milford now. Clifford had the chance to equalise for Kendall when he was put through on goal, but he ended up turning into trouble rather than taking the strike early. Apart from an indirect free-kick, Kendall struggled to create any more clear-cut chances. Milford went on to score a third, another very preventable goal as the defensive woes continued for Kendall. The victory sees Milford leapfrog Kendall in the table. Wanderers do have a game and 15 minutes in hand (the abandoned game against Druids FC accounting for the 15 minutes), but based on this performance there is no guarantee of putting points on the board. Next week's return to Lancaster to play basement side Boston Gunners is a must-win game if Kendall are to keep their promotion ambitions alive.
Kendall O30A 1-1 Taunton Eagles: The Kendall Over 30 As fought hard to secure a share of the spoils against Taunton Eagles this morning in Danehy Park. Kendall were missing several key players but were determined to put a stop to a run of two successive defeats especially after the frustration of a 2-1 loss to Southboro the previous weekend when Kendall felt they deserved a lot more from their early morning hike to Worcester. With defenders Steve, Donal, Daz, Neville and Nate all unavailable, Kendall were very relieved to have Matt Scheufele available to slide into center back alongside recently-returned Brian Mozeleski. Kendall started the game brightly with Gary Beatty and Shane McElwee getting on top in midfield and ensuring Kendall had the lion's share of possession without really threatening the Taunton defence. It was Taunton who took the lead though when a through ball down the Kendall left put the Taunton winger through on goal. He made no mistake with a great finish high to the back post past the advancing John O'Toole. The rest of the half was an even affair and Kendall were confident at half time that their possession would eventually pay off. The second half saw more of the same as the Kendall rearguard snuffed out numerous dangerous counter-attacks from Taunton who pushed for what likely would have been the killer second goal on the day. Jon Bexiga and Jeff Levering continued to impress in the full-back slots and ably supported Matt and Brian in the middle. All four defenders played the full 90 minutes due to the shortage of defenders on the day. Taunton did get behind the Kendall rearguard on one occasion with Johno making a vital one-on-one stop to keep the score at 1-0. With 80 minutes gone, Kendall manager Aido Finnan was about to throw caution to the wind and go with three at the back when the gaffer won a free kick himself on the edge of the back. Finnan took the resultant free kick and, while it was not his best delivery, it did work out as a Taunton defender was adjudged to have handled in the box, handing Kendall a lifeline. Up stepped the ever-cool Matt Scheufele to calmly slot home the equalizer. In a frantic last ten minutes, both teams attacked for the extra two points which they both felt they deserved but the referee's whistle blew to signal what was probably a fair result on the day. This was a very spirited Kendall performance. After a couple of disappointing losses, heads could have dropped after going one nil down again but instead Kendall continued to play some of their best passing football of the season as they patiently pushed for an equalizer. If the defending, possession and work-rate of today can be combined with a few more goals, better results are not far off in the second half of the Fall season. Man of the Match: Brian Mozeleski. Playing his second 90 minutes in less than 24 hours for the club, "Moses" made several last-ditch tackles even after sustaining a neck injury in the second half which prevented him from, er, turning sideways.
Dover-Sherborn Old Boys 1-5 Kendall Over 30 B: Lar Barden's troops are back on track in NEOTHSL Division 5S after a convincing win over Dover-Sherborn Old Boys. Chickering Playground has been a happy hunting ground for Kendall B of late, with a 4-1 victory recorded there last fall en route to claiming the Division 5S title. Justin Teman led the line with distinction yet again this morning, with the striker smashing in a hat-trick. Johnny Kilpatrick (with a self-professed "wicked first-time volley") and Tim Boomer (with a goal described by KILpatrick as less stunning) accounted for the other two goals as Kendall moved to second place in the table. The victory was marred somewhat, however, when Dennis Cunningham channelled his inner Ronny Rosenthal and conspired to miss an open goal. Some of his fellow elder statesmen have called on the Mayo native to return his Hall of Fame award for bringing such shame on the club.