By Kingston Stockade FC
Kingston Stockade FC and Syracuse FC battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night as Stockade FC traveled to Central New York for the first time.
Stockade FC was sharp out of the gate as possession of the ball and control of the game was largely dictated by the Kingston side. Andre Cutler and Matt Koziol controlled the pace, along with the back line, but were unable to complete the final pass to open the scoring.
Finally, a well-deserved opener came in the 45th minute as Albion Bacaj sprung Noah Robinson down the right flank and, with an inch-perfect pass, Cutler was able to head home the Stockade lead.
Out of the break, Stockade continued to hold the majority of the possession. Slick, short turf created problems for Stockade FC as the final pass was often skipping out of reach.
Syracuse would counter with an equalizer on one of their very few attacking threats of the evening, in the 66th minute, as a free header beat Lorenzo Nunez. Stockade FC would continue to press and create half chances. Vinny Colantuono struck the bar, and Luke Ferrari had a header chance struck into the goalkeeper’s chest in the final 20 minutes of play.
Lorenzo Nunez made one save in goal for Stockade FC as the club outshot Syracuse 9-3 (5-2 on goal).
The final push wasn’t enough as Stockade FC and Syracuse FC shared the points. Stockade FC will be back in action on Saturday, May 21 as the club travels up I-87 to meet the New York Shockers.
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