June 18, 2012
Week in review: Jersey Earns Victory Against Reading
READING, Pa. – The Jersey Express took a 2-0 victory against Reading United at Albright College’s Shirk Stadium on Sunday night. Joseph Ovenseri and Jerrod Laventure each scored second-half goals to hand Reading its first defeat of the season, and send the Express into first place in the Mid Atlantic Division.
Reading was on top for most of the first half, but was unable to take a lead before the break. The Express were able to take advantage of their opportunity on the hour-mark as Ovenseri drove a strike from 30 yards that dipped underneath the crossbar.
Ovenseri turned provider on the Express’ second goal in the 77th minute as he made a good run down the left before cutting a cross back to Laventure in the center of the penalty area, allowing the forward to score his third goal of the season. It was Ovenseri’s first assist of the season, adding to his six goals.
The Express will face another test Wednesday night as they host the Long Island Rough Riders, who continued to make a move up the standings with a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Rangers on Saturday night. The Rough Riders sit fourth in the division currently, but the top four sides, with Ocean City sitting third, are now separated by only four points as the teams enter the second half of the season.
RIVER CITY ROVERS 4, CHICAGO FIRE 0: The River City Rovers continued their push for the playoffs with a commanding victory as Dillon Tufty scored twice and added an assist in their victory against the Chicago Fire PDL at the Christian Academy of Louisville.
The Rovers were forced to withstand some first-half pressure by the Fire, with goalkeeper Oliver Brown making four of his seven saves before the break, but Chicago was unable to find a breakthrough. River City finally broke the deadlock in the 58th minute as Tufty opened the scoring, beating his defender before firing home.
River City then scored twice in four minutes to put the game away, with Tyler White getting his first goal of the season in the 71st minute. Tufty then assisted on Kyle Richards’ goal three minutes later before adding his second in the final minute of the game, moving the Rovers into second place in the PDL’s Great Lakes Division.
MICHIGAN BUCKS 1, FC LONDON 0: The Michigan Bucks maintained their undefeated start to the season, and their hold on top spot in the Great Lakes Division, with a victory against fellow playoff contender FC London at Ultimate Soccer Arenas.
The Bucks took the lead early, with Scott Caldwell scoring what proved to be the only goal of the game in the ninth minute, heading home a cross by Steven Miller. London had a chance to tie the game from the penalty spot after the halftime break, but Michigan goalkeeper Adam Grinwis was able to save Tom Owens’ effort, keeping his side on top.
The Bucks could have added to their lead late on, Anthony Grant hitting the post and Tom Catalano having the rebound cleared off the line, but they were able to maintain their one-goal lead until the final whistle.
SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA KING'S WARRIORS 2, PALMETTO FC BANTAMS 0: Late goals by Harry Sherwood and Nago Mbengue gave the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors their first victory in the PDL as they defeated the Palmetto FC Bantams at Lander University.
Both goals came in the final 10 minutes, with the King’s Warriors taking the lead from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute. Sherwood was able to convert, giving his side the lead. Five minutes later, Mbengue put the game away as the Bantams pressed for an equalizer, but Palmetto wasn’t often able to test SWV goalkeeper Erik Mozzo, who had to make only two saves to record the shutout.
KITSAP PUMAS 3, SOUNDERS U23 0: The Kitsap Pumas moved back into the lead in the Northwest Division as they jumped past the Sounders FC U23 with a 3-0 victory at Cheney Stadium.
The Pumas took an early lead when Matt Friesen converted from the penalty spot in the 13th minute after a handball in the penalty area. After a claim by the Sounders for a penalty of their own was turned down, Kitsap doubled its lead in the 32nd minute after a well-worked free kick came to Ben Truax at the top of the penalty area, and his curling shot found the back of the net.
The Pumas extended their lead in the second half, as Zack Simpson’s header off a long throw-in gave his side a three-goal advantage in the 56th minute. The Sounders tried to make a comeback, but Zac Lubin made a pair of key saves to record the shutout.
BALTIMORE BOHEMIANS 3, WESTCHESTER FLAMES 1: The Baltimore Bohemians took their first victory in the PDL as Chris Somerville, Peter Caringi and Michael Raley each scored in their victory against the Westchester Flames at Cedar Lane Park.
On a night when the club was honoring the 40th anniversary of the Baltimore Bays, Somerville opened the scoring in the 11th minute as he fired home a strike from the edge of the penalty area. The Bohemians then doubled their lead midway through the second half as Raley headed home Brian Graham’s cross.
Baltimore also hit the crossbar before the halftime break, but did add their third 10 minutes into the second half as Caringi headed home Christian Barreiro’s cross. While the Flames were able to pull one goal back through standout forward Jake Keegan in the 74th minute, they were unable to get any closer as the Bohemians closed out the victory.
OGDEN OUTLAWS 2, ORANGE COUNTY BLUE STAR 0: The Ogden Outlaws moved into third place in the Southwest Division standings as they took their second win in as many nights, defeating the Orange County Blue Star at Bonneville High School a day after taking victory against the Southern California Seahorses.
Both teams had chances, with the Blue Star out-shooting the Outlaws 14-8, but Ogden was able to take advantage of a pair of good first-half chances to take control of the game. Jesse Kupfer opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, and just five minutes later Daniel Burnham’s deflected shot from distance found the back of the net.
The Outlaws had goalkeeper K.C. John to thank after the break, however, as he made six of his seven saves after the halftime break as Orange County pressed to get back in the game. Ogden held on, however, and moved within three points of the Ventura County Fusion and FC Tucson in the standings.
EL PASO PATRIOTS 2, AUSTIN AZTEX 1: Michael Griego’s late strike gave the El Paso Patriots victory against the Austin Aztex at House Park, drawing even on points with their Mid South Division rival in a contest that saw both sides finish a man short.
After a scoreless first half, the Patriots took the lead five minutes after the break when Naoyas Aizawa split the Aztex’s defense with a pass that found Sergio Villasenor, who finished. The Patriots were then reduced to 10 men just past the hour-mark as Guillermo Salas was sent off, giving the Aztex a chance to take advantage.
Austin appeared to have earned itself at least a point with fewer than 10 minutes remaining when Kris Trypak headed home a fine cross by Zack Pope to tie the game, but then the Aztex were also reduced to 10 men a minute later when Pedro Pereira was sent off. That set the stage for the dramatic ending, with Griego’s second goal of the season keeping his side’s pursuit of the playoffs on track.
VENTURA COUNTY FUSION 1, FC TUCSON 1: The Ventura County Fusion and FC Tucson finished deadlocked in their first meeting of the season at Ventura College as the top two teams in the Southwest Division remained tied on points.
Ventura County played with a man-advantage for the final hour of the contest after Tucson’s Eli Galbraith-Knapp was sent off in the 30th minute, and tried to take advantage. The Fusion were able to take the lead five minutes after halftime when Kennedy Chongo’s shot hit a Tucson defender’s hand, and Francisco Lopez converted from the penalty spot.
Tucson was able to get back on even terms in the 61st minute, however, as Donny Toia headed home a corner by Max Alvarez. The Fusion continued to press forward with their numerical advantage, but Tucson’s Brendan Roslund was equal to the challenge, making eight saves to earn his side a point.
THUNDER BAY CHILL 1, WSA WINNIPEG 0: A stoppage-time goal by Jose Altamirano gave the Thunder Bay Chill victory against WSA Winnipeg, their second of the weekend at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex.
The Chill, who remain on top of the Heartland Division, had an easier time of it on Saturday as they swept to a 4-0 victory as Altamirano’s two assists, but on Sunday they were made to work for their victory by Winnipeg. Goalkeeper Tyson Farago had 15 saves for WSA, but was unable to prevent Altamirano’s 94th-minute free kick from finding the back of the net, giving Thunder Bay victory and keeping it on course for the playoffs.
WORCESTER HYDRA 2, OTTAWA FURY 2: The Worcester Hydra got a late goal by Dylan Remick to earn a draw with the Northeast Division-leading Ottawa Fury at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium. The Fury remain two points clear of the Seacoast United Phantoms, but were denied their third consecutive victory by the Hydra.
Michael Bustamante had give the Hydra the lead four minutes before halftime, but the Fury hit back after the break as William Beauge scored on the hour-mark to tie the game. Beauge, who had scored a stoppage-time winning in the Fury’s 1-0 win against the Boston Victory the previous night, then added his second of the game in the 68th minute as he converted a chance created by Eddie Campbell.
The Hydra were reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute as Colin Murphy was shown his second yellow card of the half, but they came close to tying the game six minutes later when they hit the post. Then with time winding down, Remick headed home Bustamante’s corner to earn his side a point.