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).