Tuesday, May 22, 2012

NASL Recap Week 7


Article by Doak Gips

There were too many sports happening on Saturday. Seriously. Between Champions League final, MLS /NASL games, and the NBA playoffs, I honestly don't own enough TV's. But a bar does. So that's where I was. Until I went to support local soccer. Which you should be doing! But if you aren't, here's a quick catch up for you.



Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

In the only mid-week game last week, the Islanders looked to keep their winning streak alive, and also continue atop the NASL table. With 1,175 people in attendance, the Islanders defeated the Silverbacks 3-0. With a relatively docile first half ending at 0-0, the Islanders just got tired of toying with their opponents, and ripped off 13 shots in the 2nd half. It started with a penalty kick, as Jonathan Faña was brought down in the box. David Foley stepped up to take the penalty, which was initially denied by Joe Nasco, but Foley headed home the rebound. The Islanders made it 2-0 with some pretty passing, a pass fired from wide by Jarad Van Schaik to the center, which found Hector Ramos sprinting into the hot zone(Told you I was keeping it), and sent the ball home. The Islanders added a last security goal from substitute Tyler Wilson, who was playing in his Islanders debut, who grabbed a ball that was deflected out by the Silverbacks defense and slammed it into the top of the net. The Islanders maintained their lead at the top of NASL, and the Silverbacks remained winless.


Carolina Railhawks vs. Puerto Rico Islanders

Carolina has gone from one of the best in the NASL, to one of the worst. With as well as Puerto Rico have been playing, you'd think this would be an easy win. Carolina had other plans and managed to pull out a 1-1 draw at home in front of the 2,020 in attendance. Puerto Rico took a first half lead off a free kick sent in by David Foley, which was then headed back into the center by Jay Needham, and then cleaned up by Jonathon Faña. The Railhawks responded early in the second half though when Brian Shriver pulled his best Eric Hassli impression and took a volley out of the air and slotted into the corner past Richard Martin.

[Editors Note- Luke Lohr was at this match, as he is with many of the Railhawks games. Check out his more in-depth notes here: Agbossomounde Impresses in Railhawks Draw]

Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

The Silverbacks came into this game looking for their first win of the season, but their late game rally fell short, as the Silverbacks fell to the Rowdies 3-2 in front of a sellout crowd of 5,000 at Silverbacks Park. The Rowdies struck first as Daniel Antoniuk chested down a ball from Shane Hill, then slotted the ball right between Silverbacks keeper Daniel Illyes' legs for the first goal. Some seriously poor marking led to the Rowdies 2nd goal, as Antoniuk was left wide open in the box to easily put it past Illyes. The Silverbacks fought back though, as they were able to snag a goal in 63rd minute off a ball that was sent right back at corner kick taker Raphael Cox, who played a perfect cross to the waiting sub, Shane Moroney. Mike Ambersley brought home the game for the Rowdies when he pulled an R2-circle-the-right-stick move in the box to elude the Silverbacks defense, and then put the ball just passed the outstretched legs of Illyes. Moroney notched one last goal, but couldn't bring it home for the Silverbacks, as they remain winless on the year.

Fort Lauderdale vs. Minnesota Stars

Someone has to beat Minnesota right? Right? Anyone?
It was the Rowdies turn on Saturday, but they could not pull out the result, as they ended up losing 3-1 at Lockhart Stadium in front of 2,720 fans. Fort Lauderdale actually opened up the scoring with midfielder Mark Anderson sent home a nice little cross from Abe Thompson in the 35th minute. The Stars evened it up right before halftime though as the ball was horribly given away straight to Amani Walker, who promptly did his thing and scored a goal. The Stars took the lead for good in the 65th minute when Strikers goalkeeper Matt Glaeser deflected a cross right to a waiting Miguel Ibarra, who easily cleaned up the mess. Amani Walker assisted on a through pass to substitute Simon Bracallelo, who finished off the Strikers, and kept Minnesota unbeaten on the year.



San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Edmonton

What's the best way to follow up from an 0-2-1 start with a GD of -4? Easy. Run off four straight wins. Which is exactly what the Scorpions did against the Eddies on Saturday night, beating Edmonton 2-0, in front of 8,310 fans in Heroes Stadium. The Scorpions won what we'll go ahead and call a generous penalty in the 40th minute, as Pablo Campos was breathed upon heavily while fighting off a defender, and was given the free kick. Defender(?) Jonathon Greenfield converted the penalty and put the Scorpions up 1-0 in the first half. Greenfield then went on to do everything else on the pitch, sending in a free kick from just outside the hot zone to a streaking Ryan Cochrane, who put a nice little flick header into the back of the net.

Coming up this week, all NASL teams will be playing in the US Open Cup as San Antonio take on PDL side Laredo Heat, Carolina will face amateur side PSA Elite, Minnesota plays the PDL team, Des Moines Menace, Fort Lauderdale will take on the PDL side Fresno Fuego, Atlanta will take on NPSL side, the Georgia Revolution, and finally Tampa Bay faces NPSL side Jacksonville United.

STANDINGS

TEAM
GP
W
T
L
GD
PTS
Puerto Rico Islanders
8
5
2
1
11
17
Minnesota Stars FC
7
4
3
0
6
15
San Antonio Scorpions
7
4
2
1
2
14
Tampa Bay Rowdies
8
3
2
3
0
11
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
8
2
3
3
-4
9
FC Edmonton
7
2
1
4
0
7
Carolina RailHawks
9
0
5
4
-7
5
Atlanta Silverbacks
8
0
4
4
-8
4


Questions? Comments? Concerns? Thoughts? Run-On Sentence complaints? You can find me on twitter @DoakGips

[Top photo courtesy of Rob Kinnan Photography]

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