By New Orleans Jesters
The New Orleans Jesters lost to Port City FC U-19 by a score of 3-1 Friday night at Pan American Stadium. Forward Denim Lombard scored a goal in each half to lead Port City past the Jesters.
Lombard opened the scoring in the 10th minute as managed to beat the off-side trap and finished neatly past New Orleans goalkeeper Jourdan Schumacher.
Ten minutes after the break Port City doubled their advantage after a New Orleans defender was called for a hand ball as he attempted to control the ball in the box. Midfielder Ivo Jimenez tucked away the spot-kick to make it 2-0.
The Jesters responded to the setback and pulled a goal back within five minutes after a great piece of improvisation by striker Mason Morise.
Morise created some space for himself at the edge of the box then curled a strike over the Port City goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
New Orleans pressed for the equalizer but paid the price as Port City added a third in the 72nd minute with a long ball over the top to Lombard who rounded Schumacher before slotting home.
The Jesters return to action next Wednesday night as they visit Southern States SC U-19s for a 7:00 pm match. The game will be streamed live at mycujoo.com.
The NPSL U-19 pilot spring season features a nine-game schedule with each team playing a home and away series versus the other teams. The participating teams for the spring season are Florida Roots, New Orleans Jesters, Port City FC, and Southern States SC.
The league runs from March to May. The gameday roster will consist of U-17, U-18, and U-19 players along with up to three overage players.
Photo Credit: James E. Cage Jr.