7 Unbeaten; Stockade FC defeats NYAC 2-0 on the Road

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Pelham Manor, NY – Another impressive defensive showing, this time on the road, helps Stockade FC improve their unbeaten streak to 7 games as they defeat NYAC, 2-0 at Travers Island.

After a shaky first 40 minutes of play in which saw both sides struggling to gain a foothold in the match, Stockade FC’s efforts began to come together. Just before the halftime whistle, Noah Robinson and Alejandro Riquelme round space down the left wing. Riquelme sent the perfect ball to the back post for Scott Zobre’s darting run to head in the opener.

The goal provided life into the second half for Stockade FC. Again, impacts off the bench provided drastic swings in the momentum as Brady Van Epps played a whipped left footed cross into the box where Zobre was able to slam home the finishing touches on his brace in the 62nd minute of play.

“Zobre has been electric all year long. He found his chances and took advantage of them tonight,” said Technical Director Dan Hoffay.

Greg Monroe was fantastic in net for Stockade FC as he stood tall and withstood a flurry of NYAC chances in the early stages of the first half. Monroe finished the evening with 9 saves in route to Stockade FC’s fourth shutout of the year.

Head Coach Jamal Lis-Simmons was pleased with the defense showing saying, “Another impressive performance by our back line and goalkeeper. They really kept us in the match and allowed us to eventually find our rhythm going forward. Our reserves were, again, able to come in and give us some needed energy. Overall a good team win on the road.”

Stockade FC returns home this Sunday, June 9, as Greater Lowell Rough Diamonds visit Dietz Stadium for a 6PM kickoff.

Starting XI: Monroe; Robinson, Markovic (in mask!), Avila, Gracias; Koziol, Parada, Lanzetta; Makaj, Zobre, Riquelme

Man of the Match – Scott Zobre (Stockade FC). The former Binghamton winger opened the scoring for Stockade FC when Alejandro Riquelme found his darting back post run to give Stockade a 1-0 lead. In the second half, Zobre found his brace as Brady Van Epps whipped a driven ball on one hop for Zobre to smash home.

Stockade FC Extends Unbeaten Run to 6 Games, Defeats Rhode Island Reds 3-0

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KINGSTON, NY – Stockade FC extended their unbeaten run in NPSL play to 6 games with a 3-0 win over Rhode Island Reds on Sunday evening. Stockade FC has collected 4 wins and 2 draws in the stretch and collected 14 of a possible 18 points since their defeat to NY Cosmos on opening day. More than 564 fans were on hand to see the win, many staying thru a heavy halftime rainstorm.

Pedro Espindola returned from injury in a big way as he set the tone by putting Stockade FC in the lead only 3 minutes into the match. Juan Parada and Matt Koziol combined in the midfield to send Espindola in on goal and he took care of business.

While Stockade FC struck early, the match was a tale of impacts off the bench.

“The boys really showed how deep our roster is. Guys came in and made an immediate impact and closed out a great team victory,” said Stockade FC Technical Director Dan Hoffay.

As the second half began, a small burst of rain started to fall and Alejandro Riquelme struck. Scott Zobre played another of his patented perfect crosses into the box for Riquelme, a second half substitute, to head past the Rhode Island keeper and double the Stockade FC lead.

Vinny Colantuono would put the icing on the cake in the 90th minute off a Paul Makaj assist. Colantuono found space behind the Rhode Island back line and powered the Stockade FC third into the roof of the net.

Jared Mazzola and the Stockade FC defense were terrific again, collecting the team’s 3rd shutout in the last 4 matches.

Head Coach Jamal Lis-Simmons said, “Great team win tonight. Our defense held strong throughout. It’s always great to get a shutout, especially in front of our home fans.” He continued, “Offensively, we felt in control of the match and capitalized on our opportunities, our bench played a big role in our second half success.”

Stockade FC is back in action on Friday, June 7 as the team heads to Pelham, NY for a 6PM road match up with NY Athletic Club. The team returns home to Dietz Stadium on Sunday, June 9 as Greater Lowell Rough Diamonds visit Dietz Stadium at 6PM.

STARTING XI: Mazzola; Robinson, Markovic, Mattos, Gracias; Koziol, Parada, Rezende; Espindola, Zobre, Pinheiro

MAN OF THE MATCH - Bernardo Mattos [#12]

The Stockade FC center back was vital in another shutout win as he controlled the pace of play from the back and limited Rhode Island Reds to very few scoring opportunities. Mattos’ calm presence on the ball helped Stockade FC to build from the back keep control of the possession throughout the evening.

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Stockade FC Escapes Brooklyn with an On-the-Road Draw

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BROOKLYN, NY – Inclement weather and difficult travel conditions set the stage for a dreary and slick night at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. After a 40-minute weather delay pushed back the start time, Stockade FC came out full of energy.

The first half was filled with back and forth chances, turnovers and a very fast paced match. The slippery conditions made it a challenge for both sides to find large spells of possession and the half ended scoreless.

Play began to clean up in the second half as Brooklyn found themselves with a few big chances early on. Greg Monroe was up to the task in net for Stockade FC as he made 9 saves on the night. In the 59th minute of play, the hosts took their lead as Vitoria Argeri found space on the left side and slotted home the opener.

Monroe’s goalkeeping would prove to be a major difference maker as he made a momentum swinging diving save just 2 minutes later to keep Stockade FC within reach and allow for a grandstand finish.

In the 90th minute, with just added time remaining, Juan Parada swung a dangerous corner kick into the box and Danilo Markovic managed to muscle it into the net to find the Stockade FC equalizer and send the team home to Kingston with a massive away point.

STARTING XI: Monroe; Gatti, Avila, Markovic, Robinson; Koziol, Parada, Rezende; Zobre, Makaj, Pinheiro

MAN OF THE MATCH: Greg Monroe
The Siena men’s soccer GK made 9 saves to keep Stockade FC close and allow the 90’ equalizer to walk out of Brooklyn with a point

Stockade FC beats Hartford City; Claim All 6 Points on the Weekend

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KINGSTON, NY – Stockade FC completed their second consecutive home 1-0 shutout win on the weekend with Sunday’s defeat of Hartford City FC in front of 886 supporters at Dietz Stadium.

The boys in orange started hot and controlled the pace of play throughout the opening 45 minutes. The attacking group of Afonso Pinheiro, Scott Zobre, Paul Makaj and Conner Rezende caused havoc on the Hartford backline in the opening stanza.

Juan Parada was key in the midfield as Stockade FC held a large amount of possession early on. In the 12’ minute, Stockade FC found their break through as Parada pulled the strings and swung the ball wide for Scott Zobre. Zobre played the perfect ball into the box for the darting run of Afonso Pinheiro, whose header left no chance for Hartford keeper Hami Kara and would stand as the eventual game winner.

Hartford City began to build more of an attack in the second half after the addition of Luke Alvaro at halftime. The Stockade defense was up to the challenge and stood tall. Jared Mazzola had little to do in goal for Stockade FC through the first 70 minutes but would prove to be vital as he made 2 of his 3 saves in added time, sealing Stockade FC’s 1-0 victory and claiming all 6 points on the weekend.

“Really proud of my guys for they’re performance tonight. That’s another big 3 points for us. We established a good rhythm in the first half which lead to a great team goal,” said Head Coach Jama Lis-Simmons. “The second half, we struggled a bit in possession but were still able to create some good opportunities. Our defense held strong all night and really limited they’re opportunities. This was a huge weekend for us with two shutout victories in front of our amazing fans. We’ll be looking to take this momentum into a tough midweek match up in Brooklyn.”

“Gritty, gutsy performance by the boys to put us in a great position in the standings heading towards June,” said Stockade FC Technical Director Dan Hoffay. Stockade FC heads to Brooklyn for a mid-week matchup with the Brooklyn Italians on Wednesday before returning home to Dietz Stadium on Sunday, June 2 vs. Rhode Island Reds.

XI: Mazzola; Robinson, Markovic, Avila, Kmiec; Koziol, Parada, Rezende; Makaj, Zobre, Pinheiro

Man of the Match – Afonso Pinheiro. The former UAlbany forward and DC United superdraft pick scored his first goal of the season in the 12’ en route to Stockade FC’s second consecutive 1-0 win on the weekend. Scott Zobre found space on the wing and found Pinheiro streaking through the box to open the scoring and ultimately, push Stockade FC to victory.

– written by Dan Hoffay

Stockade FC defeats New York Athletic Club 1-0 at Dietz Stadium

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KINGSTON, NY – The night started slowly for both sides as the teams struggled to find a rhythm in the match. Back and forth action, along with some sloppy play in the first 30 minutes led to two separate yellow card incidents for New York Athletic Club’s Charlie Crane as he saw red in the 30’ minute.

After NYAC was sent to 10-men, Stockade FC began to find more joy in the attacking third creating numerous chances. Stockade FC was much more of a threat in the second half, registering 8 shots on goal and coming close on numerous occasions.

Ultimately, Stockade FC found their lead through Alejandro Riquelme after a scramble at the top of the box fell to Mikey Lanzetta who fed Riquelme into space for the finish to give Stockade FC a 1-0 lead in the 52’ minute. Stockade FC came close to doubling their lead on a number of occasions as Brady Van Epps, Paul Makaj and Michael Creswick all made impacts off the bench. “We built a deep team for these moments. Two big matches this weekend with a lot of different players contributing. The bench play a major role tonight,” said Stockade FC Technical Director Dan Hoffay.

The back line was solid all night for Stockade FC, allowing very few scoring opportunities for NYAC, who registered zero shots on goal.

“A good hard fought victory for our guys tonight. I thought we came out a little flat in the first half but we continued to fight and create better opportunities as the game went on,” said Stockade FC Head Coach Jamal Lis-Simmons. “Credit to NYAC, they went down a man late in the first half but continued to make it difficult for us at times. We were much more aggressive in the second half which lead to some great opportunities. We fought hard for the second goal, but one was enough tonight. Our defense held strong completing the shutout. Overall A good team win,” Lis-Simmons added.

XI: Monroe; Robinson, Markovic, Avila, Gracias; Koziol, Parada, Lanzetta; Zobre, Jaime, Riquelme

MOTM: Alejandro Riquelme- The Siena Men’s Soccer forward scored his first Stockade FC goal in Stockade FC’s 1-0 win over NYAC. Riquelme registered 3 shots on goal and was a force down the wing for the entire match, especially in the second half as Stockade FC controlled the attacking play against ten-men NYAC.

Stockade FC earns 3 points in Rhode Island as Lis-Simmons picks up first win as Head Coach

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JOHNSTON, RI – It was a milestone first win for new Stockade FC Head Coach Jamal Lis-Simmons and it came with plenty of late drama. Stockade FC traveled to Rhode Island on Saturday for a match-up with Rhode Island Reds which was full of dramatics.  

Mikey Lanzetta opened the scoring for Stockade FC 12’ minutes into the match after Juan Parada played a short free kick to Alejandro Riquelme.  Riquelme played a looping ball over the Red’s back line and Lanzetta timed his run perfectly for a gorgeous back post finish.

Jared Mazzola was impressive in his starting debut for Stockade FC.  The Quinnipiac keeper made 7 saves in the match including a monumental 42’ minute one-handed stop which looked sure to bring the home side level before halftime.

The Reds controlled much of play in the early stages of the second half as they pushed for an equalizer which they finally found through a Gentian Selimi strike in the 62’ minute.  The final 30 minutes of the match saw much back-and-forth attacking as play opened.

The match dramatics were far from over when Juan Parada stepped up for the final corner of the match and delivered a stunning back post ball which Tyler Swanbeck was able to head down and direct into the back of the net to give Stockade FC a thrilling 2-1 win in the 90+ minute allowing Kingston to return home with all 3 points.

“I’m proud of the way our guys fought tonight.  I thought we played well in the first half creating some quality opportunities,” said Jamal Lis-Simmons. “The second half we were under much more pressure and had a harder time finding our rhythm, but our guys continued to grind and we were able to find the winner late.  It’s always tough to win on the road and it took a real team effort to earn these 3 points.”

Earning debuts in the Starting XI was Noah Robinson, a St. Joseph’s College of Maine standout who spent 2018 with former-NPSL foe Seacoast United Mariners before joining the club this year, and Paul Makaj, a freshman for Fordham men’s soccer and former Arlington High School star.  The day also marked debuts for a few others off the Stockade FC bench. Joey Landicino (Stonybrook), Cam LaVallee (Cortland) and Vinny Colantuono (URI) all made significant impacts off the bench for Lis-Simmons in their first matches with the club.

“We came out hot and we were able to create a lot of solid chances in the first half. We weren’t able to bury them. but credit to the boys for showing resilience and battling to the very last minute,” said Technical Director Dan Hoffay.  

The late heroics send Stockade FC (1W, 1L, 1T) back home to Kingston for two Memorial Day Weekend matches at Dietz Stadium.  On Friday May 24 at 7PM, Stockade FC hosts New York Athletic Club and on Sunday May 26 at 6PM, Stockade FC hosts Hartford City FC at Dietz Stadium.

Stockade Man of the Match: Jared Mazzola (Stockade FC #00) the Quinnipiac GK made 7 saves including a monster one handed diving stop in the first half. Mazzola kept Stockade FC level during a 20 minute flurry of chances for RI Reds in the second half as they searched for the lead. Mazzola’s play ultimately allowed Stockade FC to find the lead on a 90’+ 3 Goal to claim all 3 points in Rhode Island!

Kingston Stockade FC Falls in Sesaon-Opener to New York Cosmos

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Kingston Stockade FC opened the 2019 NPSL season with a 2-0 loss to the New York Cosmos. More than 892 fans were at Dietz Stadium in Kingston for the 2019 home opener.

The Cosmos went up in the 36th minute when forward Aaron Dennis headed home a driven cross that was set up via a quick free kick by the visitors.

Midfielder Giuseppe Barone then made it 2-0 in the 69th minute with an impressive 50-yard chip over Stockade goalkeeper Lucas Vallilo.

Stockade head coach Jamal Lis-Simmons was gracious in defeat in his head-coaching debut.

"It was a tough game," said Lis-Simmons. "I thought our guys battled hard, we created a couple of good opportunities early, but were unable to capitalize. Unfortunately, a few mental lapses on our side cost us. Take nothing away from them, they’re a quality side. They were able to dictate tempo for large portions of the match, and we did some things well but we weren’t consistent enough overall. We’ll have a good week of training and be ready for next week."

Stockade technical director Dan Hoffay agreed that the home side wasn't without its chances.

"It was a very competitive match that could have broken either way," said Hoffay. "We had a few chances to create something early on but could not capitalize. Fair play to the Comsos for playing in the match and building more aggressive attacks as the match wore on. We're looking forward to another week of training and getting more of our new players in for next week."

Stockade next takes the field on Saturday, May 11 when the Hudson Valley club goes on the road to face Greater Lowell Rough Diamonds.

STOCKADE MAN OF THE MATCH: Lucas Vallilo (Goalkeeper). Made numerous impressive saves that kept Kingston in the match.

Lis-Simmons names Technical Staff for 2019 NPSL Season

KINGSTON, N.Y. – Kingston Stockade FC Head Coach Jamal Lis-Simmons has announced his Technical Staff for the 2019 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) season, with Jimmy Ventriglia and Rory Becker serving as assistant coaches, Steve Skonieczny joining the staff as goalkeeping coach, and John Nunez remaining Director of Sports Performance and Rehab.

The staff has a great deal of both playing and coaching experience, as well as familiarity with Stockade FC. Lis-Simmons, Becker, and Skonieczny have been with the club since its inception, and Nunez enters his second season in his current role on the staff. Ventriglia, a former high school teammate of Lis-Simmons’, set records as a player and has also an accomplished coaching history.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to put together such a strong group of coaches,” said Lis-Simmons. “I’ve known Jimmy for a long time and he will bring his hard working, passionate attitude to the field each day. I’ve also worked closely with Rory, Steve, and John over the last few seasons and know that their expertise and commitment to the club will help lead us forward.”

“The club is committed to putting together a professional level coaching staff,” said Technical Director Dan Hoffay. “Jamal and his staff will prepare and motivate the team for every challenge the NPSL schedule throws at them with a championship mindset.”

Ventriglia joins Stockade FC for his first season as assistant coach. A former Highland High School standout where he played alongside Lis-Simmons, Ventriglia set a Tri-County record with 117 goals for the Huskies before moving on to play at Division-I Colgate University. Ventriglia spent 5 years as an assistant coach for the Army women’s soccer program, leading the Black Knights to a 43-40-13 record, and led the Marlboro high school varsity boys to a Mid-Hudson Athletic League (MHAL) title in 2011. He holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma.

Becker enters his fourth season as Stockade FC assistant coach, the only coach who has been on the sidelines since the club’s start in 2016. Becker spent six years as an assistant with SUNY New Paltz and five years as an Olympic Development Program coach, and has earned the USSF A License coaching certification. A two-time state champion at Highland High School, Becker played at Ithaca College and with the German Hungarian Metros in Queens.

After three seasons as the club’s primary goalkeeper, Skonieczny will add coaching responsibilities to his role this season. The 2017 All-NPSL Second Team goalkeeper and former state champion at Arlington High School, spent his college career at Siena and Marist. After leaving Siena as the all-time leader in goals against average (GAA), Skonieczny collected eight shutouts for Matt Viggiano’s Marist Red Foxes in 2011. Skonieczny has experience coaching with Game Saving Academy, Wilder Goalkeeper Academy and Marist women’s soccer. He is currently the the assistant coach and goalkeeper coach at Byram Hills High School and holds a United Soccer Coaches Level 1 / 2 Goalkeeper Certification.

John Nunez, Doctor of Physical Therapy with Feldman Physical Therapy and Performance, has been an integral part of the Stockade FC success. Nunez will again lead Stockade FC’s fitness efforts by focusing on the physical well-being of the athletes, including developing and implementing fitness, recovery, nutrition, rehabilitation and self-care guidelines for the team both on the field and at home.

David Lindholm and Steve Sutton, who were members of last year’s coaching staff, will serve as advisors to the technical staff.

Kingston Stockade FC competes in the semi-professional National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth division of American soccer, and has achieved unprecedented success in just three full seasons, winning a conference championship in 2017 and competing in the U.S. Open Cup in 2018. The club is committed to helping improve and develop lower-division soccer in the United States, through an open-source and accessible approach.