By Syracuse FC
Syracuse FC played host to the Kingston Stockade FC in Syracuse FC’s second NPSL game of the season after realigning into the North Atlantic Conference from the Rust Belt Conference last season. With a good number of supporters for both sides, kickoff commenced at 7:00 pm at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. The first 10-15 minutes of the match saw Kingston Stockade FC enjoying a lot of the possession. Syracuse FC weathered the early pressure by Kingston Stockade FC thanks to their compact and organized defense led by goalkeeper Andrew Taylor.
After the first 15 minutes, the match began to open up with some back-and-forth chances by both sides. Kingston Stockade FC enjoyed several opportunities, but Syracuse FC goalkeeper Andrew Taylor comfortably snuffed out their looks at goal. In the 23rd minute, Syracuse FC’s David Bosak laced up a 25-yard volley that went off the crossbar but was ruled not a goal. However, late into first half stoppage time, Kingston Stockade FC lobbed a cross to the back post and Andre Cutler was able to connect with a header for the first goal of the match. And with that, the first half concluded with Kingston Stockade holding a 1-0 lead.
With everything to play for to equalize the game, Syracuse FC came out strong and gained good momentum to begin the second half of play. In the 65th minute, Syracuse FC’s Ali Somow crossed a dangerous ball into the opposing box and Yamato Fujishima headed home the game-tying goal for Syracuse FC. With the game level, there were chances at both ends of the pitch, but there would not be a breakthrough for either side. A hard-fought final 25 minutes would see Syracuse FC and Kingston Stockade FC battle to a 1-1 draw. After an entertaining 90 minutes, the points were shared between the home side Syracuse FC and the visiting Kingston Stockade FC.
Syracuse FC will be back in NPSL action on Saturday, May 21st as they travel to Hartford City FC in Connecticut. Stockade FC will travel to Schenectady, NY to take on the New York Shockers on Saturday, May 21st. Syracuse FC remains unbeaten in NPSL play with a record of 0-2-0 while the Kingston Stockade FC earn their first point of the season and improve to a record of 0-1-1.
Photo Credit: Jon Hagger