By Dominic José Bisogno/Duluth FC
Duluth FC played their final game of the 2023 regular season on Saturday, hosting Dakota Fusion FC at Duluth Public School Stadium in a 4-1 win. The result confirmed Duluth’s undefeated regular season, a historic first for the club since joining the NPSL in 2017.
Duluth started the game quickly with goals from Rory Doyle and Josh Bellamy in the first 15 minutes. Doyle’s was a penalty kick, and Bellamy’s came during his first-ever start for the team. Duluth led 2-0 at halftime after a dominant display.
At halftime, the club presented a framed jersey to defender Jake Starling, who became the club’s all-time appearance leader earlier this summer and marked his 50th appearance for the club on Saturday against the Fusion.
An own goal extended the lead to 3-0 before a counter attack gave the Fusion their first goal of the night to make it 3-1. Another own goal, created by Felipe Santos this time, made it 4-1 for Duluth. The two own goals were the first Duluth benefited from this season. While the BlueGreens benefited from two own goals, their own attackers were close to goals of their own as the second half went on and missed a fifth goal narrowly.
The goals ended there as Duluth FC ended its regular season undefeated 11-0-1. The record is a career-best for Sean Morgan and his staff since taking over the sideline in 2021. The team’s next match would be July 12 as they host Minnesota TwinStars FC in the conference playoffs.
Photo Credit: Holden Law/Duluth FC