By Med City FC
Med City FC faced a very straight-forward scenario going into their final regular season match on Saturday night. A win over Joy St. Louis Park and the Mayhem would win their first-ever NPSL North Conference title. Anything less and they would finish in second place. Also on the line was the chance to claim a top two spot in the region and earn a bye into the NPSL Midwest Region Semifinals. With that in mind, the team took to the field Saturday night and took care of business, beating Joy 2-0 and securing both the conference title and the playoff bye.
It was a tightly contested affair, but Med City FC got off on the right foot in the seventh minute when Mayhem defender Andy Wilkinson got a hold of the ball in a scramble in the Joy box and put it home to give Med City FC an early lead. The game was back and forth with both teams creating half chances.
Med City FC wouldn’t score again until the 60th minute when winger Narcis Bou received a pass with his back to goal, spun on the turn, and unleashed a rocket of a shot into the upper left corner of the net. This doubled the Mayhem’s lead and put a dent in Joy’s spirits.
The Goats’ task of upsetting Med City took an additional hit in the 73rd minute when Joy defender Jorge Radilla was dismissed after receiving his second yellow card, giving Med City FC a man advantage for the remainder of the match. With Joy now playing short-handed and looking short on ideas, the Mayhem was able to see out the final quarter of an hour in relatively smooth fashion.
“It’s really exciting to win the conference title,” said Med City FC general manager and co-owner Frank Spaeth. “We’ve come close on so many occasions, and it’s nice to finally clear that hurdle and claim the trophy.”
Next up for the Mayhem will be a regional semifinal game. Who they will play and where the game will take place is yet to be determined and will depend on the results of Tuesday’s first round games between FC Columbus/Duluth FC and Cleveland SC/Pittsburgh Hotspurs.
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