NPSL Midwest, Week 5: Recap


Med City FC, 3 vs La Crosse Aris, 1 : 6:45 PM – Rochester Regional Stadium at RCTC, Rochester, MN – Eleven Sports

The first of two games on the week for both sides, Aris made the short jaunt from La Crosse to Rochester. Aris scored first in the 15th minute and held the lead shortly until Mazeed Aro-Lambo evened the score in the 22nd minute. La Crosse held off the Mayhem for the rest of the first half but Kolton Prater scored the game winner in the 46th minute. Toby Millward added an insurance goal for Med City in the 62nd to round out the night.

Joy Athletic Club, 3 vs Sioux Falls Thunder, 0 : 8:15 PM – Oriole Stadium, St. Louis Park, MN – Eleven Sports

After a rough last few games Joy Athletic came back home for a late kickoff match in St. Louis Park. A seventh minute free kick goal for Joy by Darley Florvil was all that Joy Athletic needed for the win as they held a clean sheet, their first in club history, against Sioux Falls. Emmanuel Iwe and Xavier Zengue also scored with 65th and 85th minute goals respectively.


FC Indiana 1 vs Panathinaikos Chicago, 3 : 4 PM – Legacy Sports Club, Lafayette, IN – Facebook

PAO Chicago headed east to face the Lions of FC Indiana as both sides attempt to climb into a playoff spot in the Great Lakes Conference. The visitors scored three times inside the first 45 minutes of play en route to a 3-1 away victory propelling them into a tie for second place in the Great Lakes.

Carpathia FC, 2 vs FC Columbus, 1: 6 PM – Avondale High School Stadium, Auburn Hills, MI – Eleven Sports

Michigan vs Ohio, another state vs state rivalry match happening in the Great Lakes Division. Carpathia’s two first half goals would be just enough to hold the lead the rest of the match even after Coro Alvarez scored on a free kick in the 75th minute for Columbus.

Minneapolis City SC, 2 vs Med City FC, 0 : 6 PM – Edor Nelson Field, Minneapolis, MN – YouTube

The top two in the North faced off to see who would be the undisputed leader in the Conference. Unfortunately for the visiting side they would succumb to what is possibly the best side Minneapolis City has ever put together. After being held off for an entire half Max Stiegwardt got the Crows on the board with a penalty in the 56th minute. He would be followed up just under 20 minutes later by a Kevin Andrews goal.

Dakota Fusion, 3 vs La Crosse Aris, 0: 7 PM – Jim Gotta Stadium, Moorhead, MN – Magnitude Sports Network

Aris had apparent difficulty getting to Moorhead, causing a near 45 minute delay to kick off, and will probably wish they had just taken the forfeit which was on the table for a while – since a 3-0 defeat is how it finished anyway.  Fusion survived a red card to their goalkeeper in the 55th minute and a subsequent flurry of free kicks close to their goal to emerge victorious.

Sioux Falls Thunder, 2 vs Duluth FC, 1 : 7 PM – McEneaney Field, Sioux Falls, SD – Eleven Sports

After a tough loss last weekend to Minneapolis City SC, Duluth FC looked to get back to winning ways against Sioux Falls. It took more than 80 minutes for a goal to be scored and that first one came from Trace Dobson in the 81st minute. Duluth quickly answered back with an 86th minute goal by Caleb Tammi. The Thunder’s Tyler Limmer ended hopes for a draw with a stoppage time goal for Sioux Falls.

*Note – All Times CDT