NPSL Round Up: Week 2

This Week


Michigan Rangers 1-0 Akron City FC

Daire O’Riordan settled an even and open match, opening the NPSL account for Rangers in the 29th minute, after a successful high press and some neat interplay down the left wing culminated in an assist by Adam Hanson.

Steel City FC 2-0 FC Columbus

Steel City dominated possession and chances in the opening half, with Columbus relying on Damani Camara’s counterattacking threat. Nonetheless, the breakthrough didn’t come through until stoppage time before the half – through Tate Mohney. In what amounted to a 1-0 hammering, it took Steel City until the 81st minute to add a clinching second through Michael Sullivan’s stooping header from a deep cross.


Sunflower State FC 3-1 Club Atletico St Louis

The home team opened the scoring through Tim Smith after an incisive run down the left wing, leaving Smith with an opportunity inside the 6 yard box. The lead was doubled when a ball was pumped right up the spine of the CASL team and finished off by Bryce Dickerson. The match was over as a contest within 30 mins after an attack down the right wing was crossed to Caden McLagen for Sunflower’s third. The visiting Bluebirds did manage to spoil the clean sheet in the 48th minute through Cole Hudson.

Milwaukee Torrent 2-0 Ehtar Belleville

After a goal-less first half, Samuka Toure’s foray down the right wing was met on the volley in front of goal by Matabishi Kambali in the 70th minute. It took until stoppage time at the end of the match before Torrent were able to finally finish off their visitors, Paco Piscaglia passing across an open net for Will Davis to tap in.

Iowa Raptors 1-4 Des Moines United FC

Jayce Berger opened scoring for the visitors from the south in the 10th minute but the Raptors equalized in the 34th minute through Jordan Webb. Raptors lost the advantage on the scoreboard in the 60th minute through Guilherme Cunha and then swiftly lost the advantage in man-power with a denial of a goalscoring opportunity, seeing Stefan Mijatovic take an early shower. The match ended in chaos, with Kais Sabic (from a PK) and Lincoln Borges scoring in the 90th minute and Raptors Jonathan Williams and Keaton Woods both given straight red cards for abusive language.

Erie Commodores 0-3 Carpathia FC

Joseph Tinnion opened the scoring in the 29th minute, with the visitors doubling their lead through Alexander Demorow in the 52nd minute. The last goal came in the 90th minute, courtesy of Zain Akeel.


Dakota Fusion FC 4-1 Minnesota TwinStars FC

Daniel Helle touched home a left wing cross in the 19th minute to put the hosts ahead. TwinStars levelled matters from the penalty spot after a yellow card challenge in the 43rd minute. It took until the 73rd minute for the deadlock to be broken again, this time with Yu Tsukanome heading home a cross from the right wing. Tsukanome then increased the margin of victory 8 minutes later and he completed the hat trick in the 89th minute.

Duluth FC 3-1 Sioux Falls Thunder

Duluth went behind to a 4th minute strike from a free kick served from just outside the left hand side of the penalty area into the six yard box, by the center back Patrick Hanson. Stefan Roeb levelled the game in the 20th minute, running on to a long pass down the right wing to chip the Thunder goalie from outside the box. It took until the 65th minute for the home side to reassert their lead, with a cross by Kostya Domaratskyy finished off by Dylan Zavatini. Domaratskyy added a goal to his assist in the 75th minute, after a long pass down the middle was neatly finished, dribbling around two defenders in the box before finishing.

Med City FC 1-0 La Crosse Aris FC

In a scoreless first half, the clearest chance came when Aris had a penalty saved in the 20th minute, awarded for handball – with Med City GK Iker Gonzalez also stopping some other opportunities for the visitors. Entering the 50th minute, the match was suspended because one of the floodlight pylons was on fire. Play resumed after a 12 minute delay.  Abdirasak Bulale hit the crossbar for Med City’s best chance in the 75th minute of play.   Scott Neil made the breakthrough for Med City in the 84th minute from a Lucas Hart assist and the home side made the narrow margin stand up.


Akron City FC 3-0 FC Columbus

It only took 3 minutes for the home side to move ahead, with Colin Biros breaking through. Five minutes later, they doubled their lead after Josef Paulus scored direct from a corner. Columbus also gained a man advantage in the 52nd minute, as Malick Sow was dismissed. The resultant penalty kick was dispatched firmly by Sammy George.

Michigan Rangers 2-1 Cleveland SC

Chris Mendez had a good chance in the 10th minute, but Cleveland’s Ryan Poling made a spectacular save and the rebound was put into the outside side netting. Poling snuffed out all the chances that Rangers produced during a lop-sided first half, but it entered half time goal-less. The visitors took the lead after a PK was awarded following contact at a corner, and dispatched by Jannis Schmidt. In the 68th minute, a Rangers shot was blasted at a Cleveland defender’s hand and Chris Mendez stepped up to calmly put the PK in the opposite direction as Poling. Dara O’Riordan swept home a TJ Ifaturoti cross in the 73rd minute to complete the comeback.


Joy Athletic Club 2-3 Med City FC

Noah Kantorowicz opened the scoring for the hosts, scrambling home after a corner wasn’t cleared in the 21st minute. The equalizer came off a turnover by the Joy defense, Scott Neil slotting home just before half time. A free kick from Gustavo Augusto Leal Murtha on the left wing, twenty yards out, bounced all the way through to give Med City the lead on fifty-eight. The equalizer came via a deep cross from the left by Zinedine Kroeten, deflected past the Med City keeper. The visitors took a final lead in the eighty-first minute after good close control and finish by Tristan Jumeau, who subsequently received a second yellow card and was dismissed.

La Crosse Aris FC 0-1 Duluth FC

A hard fought win for the visitors as the ball was crossed from the right wing over to Kostya Domaratskyy in the left back berth, who put the ball back past the goalkeeper in the 76th minute. Duluth head coach Sean Morgan was given a red card just before.

Sioux Falls Thunder FC 2-4 Minnesota TwinStars FC

TwinStars broke the deadlock in the tenth minute, Sidike Jabateh driving home a long diagonal into the left back spot, back across the keeper. Jabateh doubled the lead in the nineteenth minute with a solo effort. Another long ball into the channel, this time down the right wing, was neatly finished by Sadra Golzarian in the thirty-second minute. Despite outshooting their opponents 7-4, it took until the fifty-sixth minute for Thunder to score, through a PK from Marcus Harwood after an attack was definitively stopped deep in the box. It was 4-1 in the 59th minute as Jabateh blasted home from inside the box to complete his hat trick. Thunder earned their second goal in second half stoppage time through Harwood.

Coming Up


Carpathia FC v Akron City FC – 7pm CT

Cleveland SC v Michigan Rangers – 7pm ET

Erie Commodores v Steel City FC – 7pm ET


Club Atletico St Louis v Iowa Raptors FC – 6pm CT

Ehtar Belleville v Des Moines United – 6pm CT

Duluth FC v Joy Athletic Club – 7pm CT

Milwaukee Torrent v Sunflower State FC – 7pm CT

Minnesota TwinStars v Med City FC – 7pm CT

Sioux Falls Thunder v Dakota Fusion – 7pm CT


Club Atletico St Louis v Des Moines United – 2pm CT

Ehtar Belleville v Iowa Raptors – 2pm CT

FC Columbus v Erie Commodores – 5pm ET

Michigan Rangers v Steel City FC – 6pm ET


Duluth FC v Med City FC – 7pm CT

Joy Athletic Club v Sioux Falls Thunder – 7pm CT