NEW BRITAIN, CONN. — It wasn't the full three points, but it was still an impressive road draw nonetheless.
Kingston Stockade FC traveled to Hartford City FC on Saturday and came away with a hard-fought 2-2 draw. This comes after Stockade lost to Hartford at home, 3-1, in the first match of the season.
Stockade opened the scoring in the 12th minute, thanks to an impressive, hard-struck goal from Eric Fortier.
The action went back and forth for long stretches, before Hartford scored twice in quick succession, in the 36th and 37th minutes.
But Stockade wouldn't head into halftime at a deficit, thanks to a lovely goal from Victor Guirma. The Howard University product fired a perfectly-placed shot from the top of the box to notch a goal in his Stockade debut.
While neither side found the back of the net in the second half, the action was relentless for the final 45. Both sides created numerous opportunities, with the play going back and forth throughout.
Stockade nearly saw Hartford take the lead in the 84th minute, but goalkeeper Steve Skonieczny came up with two huge saves to keep the visitors level with the hosts.
The draw means that Stockade now has seven points from four matches in NPSL's Atlantic White Conference, with two wins, a draw and one loss. Kingston's goal differential now stands at an impressive +4. Stockade also remains undefeated on the road.
Hartford City now has two wins and two draws from four matches in the club's inaugural season. They also have a +4 goal differential through four matches.
Stockade's next match is at home against New York Athletic Club on Saturday, June 3 at 5 p.m.
This is followed in quick succession by a trip to Providence to face the Rhode Island Reds on Sunday, June 4 at 5 p.m.
Stockade Man of the Match: Steve Skonieczny
Stockade Starting 11: Skonieczny; Curtis, Gatti, Lis-Simmons, Anasta; Koziol, Maley, Kloster; Fortier, Creswick, Espindola