By Med City FC
Their season is barely three weeks in, and yet the Med City FC team has already been road
warriors, winning away games in Sioux Falls and Fargo-Moorhead and drawing 1-1 in Duluth on
Wednesday night. Last night, they added a road trip to Minneapolis suburb Maple Grove to take
on Minnesota TwinStars FC, collecting another road win with a 4-1 victory over the TwinStars.
It took both teams a while to settle into the game, but Med City finally opened the scoring in the
32 nd minute, as Tristan Jumeau found last week’s NPSL National Player of the Week Francisco
Neto, who then beat a defender and buried the ball into the net for a 1-0 Mayhem lead. That
would prove to be the only scoring in the first half, as Med City FC continued to grow into the
game and get more comfortable.
TwinStars made five substitutions and a formation change at halftime, but Med City was able to
adjust well to the situation and continued to gain confidence. Finally, their work was rewarded
as former Rochester Lourdes High School soccer star Alan Schembri Wismayer set Neto up to
score his second goal of the game in the 63 rd minute. However, just three minutes later,
TwinStars would get on the board as a mix-up in the Med City FC defense opened an
opportunity for the Dragons to score and cut the deficit to 2-1.
Med City FC regained a two-goal advantage in a near replay of the second goal, with Schembri
Wismayer again setting up Neto who scored the third goal of his hat trick to give the Mayhem a
3-1 lead. Neto, who now has six goals on the season, was the clear choice for Man of the Match
honors. Med City would add a fourth goal in stoppage time, as Jack Hilton-Jones got his head to
an Emmanuel Lopez corner kick and buried it into the back of the net to notch his second goal of
the campaign. That would be the end of the scoring and Med City FC would finish with the 4-1
“We’ve had a really strong start to the season, especially considering all the traveling we’ve had
to do already so early on,” said Med City FC general manager Frank Spaeth. “The team is
continuing to gel and we’re seeing some great connections growing among the players. We hope
to continue to improve and grow as a team, and we’re looking forward to having some home
games. Wednesday night will be another big test as we’ll welcome an always-tough Minneapolis
City SC to town. We’ll look forward to having our fans out to show their support as we push on
toward our season goals.”
The win, coupled with a 2-1 win for Duluth FC over previously unbeaten Minneapolis City SC,
means the Mayhem are on top of a tight conference, with four wins and a tie to give them 13
points from five games.
Med City FC will host Minneapolis City SC this Wednesday night in a huge top-of-the-table
clash in the NPSL North Conference. Kickoff will be at 7:00 pm at Rochester Community and
Technical College but the fun and games will start at 6:15 pm. Wednesday night will be retro
night at the game thanks to Minnesota 97.5 and MegaWatt Video Game Party Trailer, with
music from the 70s, 80s and 90s, retro video games, and a halftime retro trivia contest. It’s going
to be a night of action and fun.
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