By Randy Kim, Kingston Stockade FC General Manager
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Despite falling to the defending NPSL champs, the local upstarts showed a good bit of fightback in front of a big home crowd.
Kingston Stockade FC fell to New York Cosmos B, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon in front of a packed Dietz Stadium. No fewer than 870 fans filed in to see the first-year Hudson Valley club take on the storied Cosmos, who are arguably the best-known club in the history of American soccer.
The Cosmos went up 2-0 in the first half on this hot June day.
Stockade FC then turned to a known quantity, English forward Michael Creswick, who slotted neatly home in the second half to make it 2-1.
Cosmos countered again in the second half, however, to lift their lead back to two goals.
But Creswick found the back of the net yet again in the second half after that to make the score 3-2.
The Cosmos were not done on the day, however, as they put home a fourth goal to lift their lead back to an insurmountable 4-2 road win.
For Creswick -- the former NPSL Mitre Player of the Week -- the brace represented his fifth and sixth goals of the season.
The loss leaves Kingston at 3-2-5 (wins-draws-losses) and places them at 7th place in the NPSL Northeast Atlantic division table.
Kingston's now faces a stretch of three matches in five days.
On Wednesday, Stockade FC heads to Boston United FC on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET) to face a club they lost to at home.
They then host Seacoast United Phantoms on Saturday (2 p.m. ET) and Brooklyn Italians on Sunday (5 p.m. ET), with both matches being played at Dietz Stadium.