Kingston Stockade FC Fall On Road to New York Cosmos B, 4-0, in Final Match of 2018 NPSL Season

 (Photo by StockadeFC.com)

(Photo by StockadeFC.com)

NEW YORK — In a clash of plucky upstaters paying a visit to a legendary American soccer club, the home side very much lived up to their lofty reputation despite a game effort from the visitors from the north.

Kingston Stockade FC fell to New York Cosmos B, 4-0, on Saturday at Columbia University's Baker Athletics Complex. The match was the final game of the season for Stockade.

Play was mostly level for about the first fourth of the match, but Cosmos broke through in the 21st minute, as Jonathan Borrajo played a pinpoint ball in to Wojciech Wojcik, who slotted it home to open the scoring.

The Cosmos then made it 2-0 in the 26th minute, as Biedi Bardic punished Stockade for a mistake in the back.

Bardic then made it 3-0 in the 45th minute, slotting the ball home after a pass from Jalen Brown.

Bardic then completed his hat trick in the 72nd minute, making good on some industrious work by Zaire Bartley.

The 4-0 score stood for the rest of the way, and allowed the Cosmos to finish the season a perfect 10-0-0 (wins-draws-losses), while Stockade finished the 2018 campaign with a 3-2-5 record.

After the match, Stockade head coach David Lindholm talked about Kingston's effort in the loss.

"Yeah, I was pleased with the effort tonight, in that throughout the entire match, we did everything we could," said Lindholm. "Good teams take advantage of any break that the game gives to them, and we had a couple of breakdowns. I thought they got a couple of breaks from the referees, which again, you have to expect. I think we got a couple of breaks from the referees too, so it's not a criticism of them, it's just that when the game gives you something, you take advantage, and I thought they did that really well, and we worked really hard. They're a good team."

Lindholm also lamented not having a fully fit squad, but still sees the Cosmos as one of the teams to beat in the NPSL playoffs.

"It's tough, because I don't think we put them under a lot of pressure, so if we'd had our full squad, if we had everybody, then maybe I'd have a better assessment," said Lindholm. "They were better than us tonight, for sure, and it'll be interesting to see how far they go. They're certainly — based on paper and on their record, 10-0-0 — they've got to be considered a team that can win a national championship."

Lindholm also talked about the season as a whole, both the highs and the lows.

"We look back at the season, and a couple of games where if we got the results that we should have gotten, then we're in a different position now," said Lindholm. "That's soccer. It's 10 games. If you mess up in a couple of games, you're in a lot of trouble, and that's what happened to us. But the things that we look back on — a 5-1 win against Boston City, or getting four goals in the second half (for a 4-4 draw) against the defending national champions — those were really special things for the club and the players, and things that we won't forget. And again, we have to be grateful for those moments. When you miss the playoffs, you have to take something with you that you can be proud of, and absolutely those were some high moments."

After play ended in Manhattan, Lindholm gathered the team in a huddle and addressed them as a group group. Here's what he told the Hudson Valley squad.
 
"I thanked them for everything that they gave to the club," said Lindholm. "Because it's amateur soccer, so the cliche is that you give blood, sweat and tears, but you also spend money to be a part of a club like this. And so, the fact that they are willing to show up for the club, work really hard in practice to be at games and play 90 minutes, and just exhaust themselves on the field is incredible. It's very special. You see teams that are in our position (traveling on the road), like Boston City last week, they bring 11 guys. We bring a full team to the last game of the season (on the road), and that's a credit to how much they care about this team. It's a credit to the fans for showing up and making it a special experience, and for the whole club structure to put us in a position to succeed. So it's disappointing that our season ends here, but I'm so grateful to the players and the staff, and everybody that makes this possible."

Man of the Match: Juan Parada

By Randy Kim, Kingston Stockade FC GM
 

Kingston Stockade FC Top Boston City, 5-1, in Final Home Match of Season

 Michael Creswick collects the ball near the touchline for Stockade. (📷 StockadeFC.com)

Michael Creswick collects the ball near the touchline for Stockade. (📷 StockadeFC.com)

KINGSTON, N.Y. — In the final home match of the season, Kingston Stockade FC topped Boston City FC, 5-1, in front of 646 fans at Dietz Stadium.

The win gives Stockade a record of 3-2-4 (wins-draws-losses) on the season, and moves their goal differential to a +2.

Stockade opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a goal from Michael Creswick. Creswick slotted home after an attempt from Pedro Espindola forced a save from the Boston City goalkeeper.

Stockade then went up 2-0 in the 18th minute, courtesy of a goal from Juan Parada. Josh Maley had the assist.

Parada then headed home for his second goal of the day in the 38th minute, off of a cross from Scott Zobre.

Espindola then found the back of the net himself in the 45th minute, off of another assist from Zobre.

Boston City then dug themselves a bit of a deeper hole in the 45th minute after Jackson Leite was sent off on a straight red after a hard tackle on Espindola.

Boston City got one back in the 53rd minute to make it 4-1.

Stockade continued to apply pressure the rest of the way, and converted once more in the 65th minute after Nick Shenberger put home a loose ball in the box.

After the match, Stockade head coach David Lindholm talked about the win being a fitting home send-off for the players who have put in the hard hours this season.

"I'm really pleased for the players," said Lindholm. "They got rewarded for all the hard work that they've put in throughout the year. The squad always shrinks over the course of a season like this. We're all amateur players, so some people can't keep playing. And the guys that were here tonight are the guys who have been really dedicated, really focused on the job all season, came out and trained hard every day, and they get a reward of being able to get a big win against a rival of ours. A team that we love to beat."

Lindholm also looked ahead to the last match of the season against the New York Cosmos, and how his team will approach the top team in the conference.

"I'd say that (playing the Cosmos) is a great opportunity for us as a club, and for us as players," said Lindholm. "Just as a team, you always want to play against good teams, and we have an opportunity, I think, depending on the result tonight, to be the first team that knocks them off this season. And we'll look at the results, and maybe we'll still have a shot at the playoffs when we hit them, and then we'll know what we need to do, which is get a win, and again, if we were going to make the playoffs, we'd have to beat teams of that caliber anyway, if we want to anything there, so it's a great opportunity for us."

Stockade heads to New York Cosmos on Saturday, July 7 at 7PM.

Man of the Match: Juan Parada ... "The Marist Men’s Soccer midfielder facilitated the attack for Stockade FC in a 5-1 route of Boston City. Parada scored twice in the first half and added an assist on the Stockade FC fifth goal. Parada, the workhorse in the midfield, seemingly had the ball on his foot for the entire match." -Dan Hoffay

Kingston Stockade FC Fall to Brooklyn Italians, 1-0, On the Road

 (Photo by StockadeFC.com)

(Photo by StockadeFC.com)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It was a game characterized by stretches of skilled, attacking play from the visitors, but in the end it wasn't enough to overcome the hosts, as Kingston Stockade FC fell to Brooklyn Italians, 1-0, on the road on Saturday night.

Stockade more than held their own over the first third of play, but Brooklyn jumped ahead in the 33rd minute courtesy of a composed finish from Tom Suchecki.

Kingston fought gamely for the rest of the match, though, even after Afonso Pinheiro was sent off with a red card in the 69th minute. Stockade goalkeeper Steven Skonieczny had a number of wildly impressive saves that kept Kingston in the match. From an attacking perspective, winger Pedro Espindola looked especially lively on the left side, and forced a handful of saves from the Brooklyn goalkeeper.

With the loss, Stockade falls to 2-2-4 (wins-draws-losses) on the season, and has two matches left to play. Brooklyn moves to 4-1-2, and has three matches remaining.

After the match, Stockade coach David Lindholm answered a few questions about the game and the stretch run for Stockade.

Thoughts on the Brooklyn Italians match:

Lindholm: "It's a disappointing result, and it's a hard pill to swallow. I thought we had chances to take control of the game, and to influence the game more than we did. It's a tough place to play, and they're a good team, and if you make mistakes — and I think we did both make physical mistakes and mental mistakes — you're going to be in trouble, and we were tonight."

Thoughts on Stockade's level of play over the last few weeks:

Lindholm: "The way I would describe it is that I think we are capable of playing at an incredibly high level. And that for whatever reason, and I haven't been able to figure it out as a coach, we haven't been able to put that together for 90 minutes. You saw it last week (in the 4-4 draw against Elm City), the second half was about as good as a team can play, and the first half was about as bad as a team can play. And here in Brooklyn, I thought in the first 25 minutes, I said, 'We're in control of this match, and we've got things under control. We're ready to win.' And then after that we just couldn't get the ball on our feet, and we lost our heads in the second half."

Thoughts on the final few weeks of the season:

Lindholm: "We'll have to assess the playoff picture after the weekend's results. I don't think it looks good for us at this point, so what we have to do is make our fans proud. We have a home game on Sunday that I want to use to show our fans that we've got depth in our squad, and we've got good players throughout, and I know the guys that go out on the field are going to represent the badge well. And then, same thing, next week, the 30th at home, we've got another opportunity to make our fans proud. And then we get an opportunity to play against one of the best teams in the country at this level. And that's really exciting, and again, the primary goal is to make our fans proud, and to represent our team and our badge well on the field."

Man of the Match: Steven Skonieczny

Kingston Stockade FC Pull Off Amazing Comeback to Earn 4-4 Draw Against Defending Champs, Elm City Express

 (Photo by StockadeFC.com)

(Photo by StockadeFC.com)

By Randy Kim

KINGSTON, N.Y. — It was a comeback that's absolutely certain to live long in club lore.

After falling behind to defending NPSL champs Elm City Express 4-0 in the first half, Kingston Stockade FC scored four unanswered goals in the second half to earn a draw that was as unlikely as it was impressive.

Elm City got out of the gate early when Anthony Asante nudged home a corner kick in the 7th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Tyler Carlos then scored off of an impressive free kick to make it 2-0.

Shaquille Sanchez scored in the 27th minute to make it 3-0, and Tyler Carlos converted a penalty kick in the 44th minute to make it 4-0 to the Connecticut side.

But then the hosts woke up, and took the action to the defending champs.

Pedro Espindola headed home in the 54th minute off of a Bernardo Mattos cross to make it 4-1.

Espindola and company continued to apply pressure before converting again in the 72nd minute. The second Stockade goal came off of a Mikey Lanzetta corner kick, which was converted by Victor Guirma.

Lanzetta then used some deft maneuvering in midfield to find enough space to send Espindola through on goal. Espindola didn't disappoint, and beat the keeper to make it 4-3 in the 77th minute.

(This also led to one of the great goal celebrations of any competition currently underway, including FIFA's own World Cup.) 

Then a mere five minutes later, Stockade drew level. Lanzetta assisted once more, this time to substitute Michael Creswick, who headed home to make it 4-4. Which led to wild celebrations by the home side and its fans.

Stockade continued to apply pressure — with Espindola tantalizingly, if not cruelly, striking the post in the 88th minute — but the hosts were unable to steal all 3 points from the visitors.

After the match, Stockade head coach David Lindholm talked about why the team was able to shift gears so dramatically from one half to the next.

"I told the guys at halftime — it wasn't a big speech — but I told them that we've got to take pride in our performance," said Lindholm. "Whatever the reasons we were down four goals, whoever came off at the half, it didn't matter. The 11 guys that were out on the field just had to take pride in the performance that we were going to give in the second half. And they did. It was a level of energy, and a level of intensity and focus and drive and passion that we didn't see in the first half. And that first-half performance was due to some of my decisions, and due to some lapses we made, but to be able to come out like that in the second half and get a result is an amazing testament to how much these guys care about what they do day in and day out, and how much passion they have for the team, the badge, the fans, and for each other."

Lindholm then spoke about what this sort of an emotional comeback means for his side.

"I think the real value in getting a result like this and having a comeback like this is that we turn it into more points later," said Lindholm. "And that's going to be tough, as we have three very, very good teams left on our schedule. But we've shown that we can play with anybody, and we're better than teams that we've dropped points to this season. We've got to put in a 90 minute performance."

Stockade travels to Brooklyn Italians this coming Saturday. Then they host Boston City FC on June 30, before heading to New York Cosmos on July 7. (Providence City FC also visits Dietz Stadium on Sunday, June 24 for a friendly.)

Man of the Match: Mikey Lanzetta

Kingston Stockade FC Beats Seacoast United Mariners, 2-0

 (Photo: StockadeFC.com)

(Photo: StockadeFC.com)

By Randy Kim

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The hosts went on the front foot early and never looked back.

Riding an early goal, and then a second strike before halftime, Kingston Stockade FC topped Seacoast United Mariners, 2-0, on Saturday evening in front of 1,014 supporters at Dietz Stadium.

Stockade's Matt Koziol opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 4th minute, after forward Afonso Pinheiro was taken down in the box by the Seacoast keeper.

Alex Tejera then scored off a short corner in the 43rd minute to give a hosts a 2-0 lead that would hold the rest of the way.

After the match, Stockade head coach David Lindholm praised his side's focus and demeanor in making the most of the early lead.

"(The early goal) was a great start to the match, and it took some pressure off of us, just to have a lead and to be able to play from that position," said Lindholm. "We've had that in the past, but I think tonight was a more defensively solid performance from us throughout. And that was key. So having an early goal and being able to be calm throughout the match was helpful and really important."

Lindholm also saw the win as vital to keeping Stockade's playoff hopes alive.

"We have a tough stretch coming up," said Lindholm. "We have no easy games, and we have to get a lot of points to get into the playoffs, so it was a key win for us. We knew that winning this match was critical for our chances of getting into the playoffs, and really having a good run to start the rest of the season. So having the support that we did, with a huge crowd, and a lot of energy on the field, we needed that and we got the result. It was great."

With the win, Stockade's record is now 2-1-3 on the season (wins-draws-losses). 

Stockade's next match is at home on Saturday, June 16 at 6PM against the reigning NPSL champions, Elm City Express.

Man Of The Match: Alex Tejera

Kingston Stockade FC Falls to New York Athletic Club

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By Randy Kim

KINGSTON, N.Y. — It was a tale of two halves for Kingston Stockade FC on Saturday, but unfortunately for the home side, the final result still led to zero points.

Despite spending much of the second half in the visitors' half of the pitch, Stockade fell to New York Athletic Club, 2-1, in front of 881 fans at Dietz Stadium on a lovely June evening.

A defensive mishap by the hosts led to the first goal of the match in just the 29th minute, as NYAC's Tom Yorston slotted home a breakaway goal that gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Yorston then converted again just after halftime in the 47th minute, as he expertly collected a cross before one-timing a volley home to give NYAC a 2-0 lead.

Stockade then became the aggressor, however, and forced the action for most of the rest of the match.

Alex Tejera headed home a goal in the 57th minute for Kingston, off of an assist from substitute Mikey Lanzetta.

Stockade was relentless from that point forward, but unfortunately was unable to convert any of their chances, despite numerous skilled attempts by the likes of Tejera, Bruce Jeter, and more.

Kingston midfielder Matt Koziol saw the loss as a difficult one to swallow.

"The ball didn't bounce our way," said Koziol. "We hit a couple of posts, and they hit us on a quick counter-attack to score their second. We battled hard, we battled well. It's a tough one to take, because we played pretty well, so it's a tough loss."

Koziol saw the absence of some key players, including captain Jamal Lis-Simmons — out due to a questionable red card issued the previous Wednesday against TSF — as a tough hurdle to overcome for the hosts. 

"We were missing a couple of key guys, a couple of starters that would have helped us and kind of solidified us, but we're deep this year, so even then we should have done a lot better today than we did," said Koziol.

Stockade's next match is at home against Seacoast Mariners on Saturday, June 9 at 6PM at Dietz Stadium.

Kingston Stockade FC Falls On Road, 3-2, to Hartford City FC

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By Randy Kim

NEW BRITAIN, CONN. — Kingston Stockade FC fell on the road, 3-2, to Hartford City FC on Saturday night in NPSL play.

Hartford struck early, as Mark Grant converted a tidy 1-2 at the top of the box to open the scoring for the hosts in the 7th minute.

Stockade showed some strong fight-back, however, and countered with a few near misses before Matt Koziol scored the equalizer off a driven ball from Juan Parada in the 38th minute. The teams went into the half with this same 1-1 scoreline.

Both teams fought hard coming in the second 45, with Stockade's Michael Corbi nearly scoring in the 57th minute, only to be denied by Hartford keeper Hami Kara.

Hartford then took the lead in the 65th minute when Andre Morrison converted a penalty kick for the home side.

Hartford's Sebastian Stezeweski did further damage to Stockade's hopes of a road result, by putting the hosts up 3-1 in the 74th minute.

Stockade showed some fight-back, however, as Juan Parada converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute. The penalty was earned by Kingston's David Nkansah-Siriboe.

The loss leaves Stockade with a 1-0-2 record (wins-draws-losses) after three matches played in the North Atlantic Conference Division of the NPSL's Northeast Region Conference.

Stockade's next match is on Wednesday, May 30 (7PM) at TSF FC.

Kingston then plays at home against New York Athletic Club on Saturday, June 2 (6PM).

Kingston Stockade FC Loses On Road to Greater Lowell United

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By Randy Kim

AMESBURY, MASS. — Kingston Stockade FC fell to Greater Lowell FC on the road on Saturday night, 5-1.

Jamar Hinds opened the scoring for Greater Lowell in the 10th minute.

Jordan Misiri then doubled the hosts' lead in the 27th minute.

Stockade got one back in the 37th minute, as Bruce Jeter drove the ball home off of a lofted ball from defender Jamal Lis-Simmons.

Lowell made it 3-1 in the 51st minute, as Misiri only added to the visitors' misery by converting his second goal of the night.

Cleon Pryce scored in the 61st minute to make it 4-1.

Pryce was right again in the 73rd minute, as he completed his brace to make the score 5-1.

The match was played at Amesbury Sports Park, and marked the debut of Dennis Crowley Sr. doing play-by-play commentary for the match's live stream.