Monday, July 8, 2013

Lower Division Recap: Round 14

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It came down to three teams playing in two games on Independence Day that would decide the 2013 NASL Spring championship. In the end, league-leading Carolina fell in San Antonio to the Scorpions, allowing the Atlanta Silverbacks to claim the crown with a win in Minnesota. Meanwhile in USL Pro, the Richmond Kickers kept their unbeaten status going with a comeback win in Dayton.

North American Soccer League

The San Antonio Scorpions nearly completed an amazing late-season run from the bottom of the league to the title by downing the Carolina RailHawks, but will have to settle for finishing tied for second. Hans Denissen scored a late goal in each half, dashing Carolina’s hopes of winning the championship in the process as Atlanta rolled to a big victory in Minnesota that finished a bit earlier in the evening. For the Silverbacks, it was the end of a dramatic swing in fortune previously saw them go from last in 2011 to next to last a year ago, rising from the bottom after a midseason coaching switch.

In the other match, the two Florida rivals squared off in a one-sided affair as the 2012 league champion Rowdies blanked last-place Fort Lauderdale, completing a season sweep after posting a 2-1 win earlier in the season.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

Fort Lauderdale 0 :: 4 Tampa Bay
TB: Keith Savage (Georgi Hristov) 20, Keith Savage 32, Jay Needham (Luke Mulholland) 52, Mike Ambersley (Georgi Hristov) 56

Atlanta 3 :: 0 Minnesota
ATL: Brad Stisser (Pablo Cruz) 29, Bobby Reiss (Horace James) 73, Ruben Luna 82
~ MIN: Geison Moura (ejection) 92

Carolina 0 :: 2 San Antonio
SA: Hans Denissen 45+, Hans Denissen 87


League-leading Orlando City is watching its gap over the field narrow quickly as the Lions’ trip north to the Carolina’s was a moderate success. They rallied from a goal down in Wilmington Wednesday only to finish even at 2-2. Two nights later in Charleston an 89th minute equalizer from the hosts again cost Orlando City two more points. That allowed unbeaten Richmond to move within one point as they came from behind in Dayton to snare a 3-2 victory. Harrisburg, who was only a point back going into the week, saw an opportunity to pull even on Saturday come up short as they were unable to find a win in Wilmington either, falling on a 90th minute strike.

The Charlotte Eagles also continue to remain a contender, posting a 3-2 road win over Pittsburgh Thursday and adding a 2-2 draw in Rochester Saturday. Standout Jorge Herrera had a goal in each game. Meanwhile, Antigua nearly tallied their first point again this season, but were unable to find an equalizer in Phoenix in a 1-0 loss.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

Orlando 2 :: 2 Wilmington
WIL: Daniel Steres (Kyle Grieg) 8, Daniel Steres (pen) 81
ORL: Jamie Watson 66, WIL Own Goal (Gareth Evans) 78

Rochester 1 :: 3 Dayton
ROC: Blake BrettSchneider (Gabe Latigue) 38
DAY: Eli Garner (Gibson Bardsley) 45, Tjeerd Wesdijke (Gibson Bardsley) 64, Gibson Bardsley (Joey Madigan) 81

Charlotte 3 :: 2 Pittsburgh
PIT: Darren Amoo (Matt Dallman) 15, Andrew Marshall (Matt Dallman) 40
CHE: Jorge Herrera 17, Nate Thorton (Christian Ramirez) 45, PIT own goal (Andrew Marshall) 72

Antigua 0 :: 6 Los Angeles
LA: Gabriel Gonzalez (Rodrigo Lopez) 20, Christopher Cortez 30, Christopher Cortez (George Davis) 49, Matt Fondy 59, Rodrigo Lopez 78, Matt Fondy (Rodrigo Lopez) 82

FRIDAY, July 5
Orlando 1 :: 1 Charleston
ORL: Rob Valentino 56
CHB: Haviel Cordoves 89
~ ORL: Adama Mbengue (ejection) 63

Los Angeles 2 :: 1 Pittsburgh
PIT: Jose Angulo (Darren Amoo) 21
LA: Puach Jock 64, Matthew Fondy (George Davis) 89

Charlotte 2 :: 2 Rochester
CHE: Paul Islas (Christian Meza) 33, Jorge Herrera (Drew Yates) 74
ROC: Andrew Hoxie (Tam McManus) 84, Tam McManus (Andrew Hoxie) 90

Richmond 3 :: 2 Dayton
DAY: Brandon Swartzendruber (Gibson Bardsley) 4, Greg Preciado (Joey Madigan) 87
RIC: Luke Vercollone 56, Luke Vercollone (Jason Yeisley) 59, Michael Seaton 71

Harrisburg 1 :: 2 Wilmington
WIL: Daniel Steres (Tom Parratt) 33, Cody Arnoux (Bryce Taylor) 90
HAR: Sainey Touray 73

Antigua 0 :: 1 Phoenix
PHO: Diego Faria (Anthony Obodai) 33

MLS Reserve League

It was not a good trip north for Seattle in the Cascadia derby. In addition to a 2-0 loss in league play, the Sounders were drubbed 4-0 in Reserve League action by the Whitecaps, who were led by the trio of Erik Hurtado, Sam Adekugbe and Tommy Heinemann.

Scoring Summaries / Ejections

SUNDAY, July 7
Sounders Reserves 0 :: 4 Whitecaps Reserves
VAN: Erik Hurtado 56
VAN: Sam Adekugbe (Erik Hurtado) 63
VAN: Tommy Heinemann (Marco Bustos, Sam Adekugbe) 74
VAN: Tommy Heinemann (Marco Bustos) 93+

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