PREVIEW: NEW JERSEY COPA FC HIT THE ROAD FOR FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAMES
New Jersey Copa FC will compete in its final regular season games of 2017, with the UWS Women traveling to Millersville, PA to take on the Lancaster Inferno at 3:00 pm and the NPSL Men taking on the Junior Lone Stars in Upper Darby, PA at 7:00 pm.
“With playoffs quite literally right around the corner, both of these games are crucial match-ups,” said Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “Both our NPSL Men and our UWS Women have clinched playoff spots. Now, these final regular season games are going to determine whether or not we get home-field advantage, which could be huge for us. We are confident in the work both teams have put in thus far, and in our ability to pull out one more win apiece to solidify our spot atop the standings.”
The NPSL Men, who are traveling to Pennsylvania for their final 2017 regular season game, will take on Junior Lone Stars at 7:00 pm in Upper Darby, PA. NJCFC (6-1-2), who sits at the top of the table with West Chester United, will look to take on a solid Junior Lone Stars team (4-4-1), who is fifth in the Keystone Conference. With four teams advancing to the NPSL Keystone Conference Playoffs, this weekend will play host to a multitude of key games that will determine opponents and home-field advantage.
The NJCFC NPSL Men are coming off a huge victory in their last home regular season game, in which they dominated Buxmont Torch in a 7-3 win. Co-Captain and Jersey Mike’s Man of the Match Raphael Araujo notched six goals in a performance that was enough to earn him Mitre National Player of the Week honors.
“With the NPSL being such a large league, there are quite a few marquee matchups this upcoming weekend that will determine who we face in the playoffs, and where the games are hosted,” explained Associate Head Coach Billy Englishby. “We need to step up and perform against a tough Junior Lone Stars team on Saturday to put ourselves in the best position possible for the Keystone Conference Playoffs, which are set to start next week. I have faith in our guys, and most importantly, they have faith in themselves to get the job done.”