Local lower league recap: Week of May 9

Photo courtesy Alberto Huichapa / Kensington SC

It’s time to take a break from the professionals and take a look at some of the other soccer clubs from the Philadelphia area. Stay up to date with your local clubs with this weekly round up of the action from the lower leagues of men’s soccer in the area.

Today we’ll look back at the results from the week of May 9 which saw Philadelphia Lone Star have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weekend.

Eastern Premier Soccer League (EPSL)
  • Sunday, May 15 – Salone FC 6-2 Philadelphia Heritage

Next up:

  • Danubia SC travel to Albion SC Delaware for a 5 p.m. match on Saturday, May 21.
  • On Sunday May 22, Philadelphia Heritage and first place Inter New Jersey play at 7:30 p.m. at The Proving Grounds in Conshohocken.
  • The Philly Soccer Page Local Lower League Recap Game of the Week:
    • Kensington SC vs Salone FC at 5 p.m. at Germantown Super Site, Sunday May 22.
      • Inter New Jersey locked up one of the three Delaware River Conference EPSL playoff spots and Salone FC has a chance to clinch a spot this weekend. They face Kensington but KSC has an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs themselves, so a win against Salone on Sunday will go a long way.
United Premier Soccer League (UPSL)
  • Saturday, May 15 – Oyster Bay United 8-1 Philadelphia Lone Star

Next up:

  • The loss drops Lone Star to sixth in the table and kicked off their rough weekend. They will look to bounce back on Sunday, May 22 against New Jersey Alliance FC at John Bartram HS Field at 5:30 p.m.
NISA Nation
  • Sunday, May 15 – Atlantic City FC 1-6 New Jersey Alliance FC

Next up:

  • On Sunday May 22, ACFC travel for an away match against Union SC at 7 p.m.
USL League 2
  • Saturday, May 14 – Philadelphia Lone Star 1-5 Real Central New Jersey

Next up:

  • Lone Star look to bounce back on Saturday May 21 at Reading United at 7 p.m.
  • Ocean City Nor’easters kick off their USL2 campaign on Saturday May 21 against Real Central NJ at 7 p.m. at Mercer County Community College
  • West Chester United have a busy week with games on Monday May 16 and Wednesday May 18.
National Premier Soccer League (NPSL)
  • Saturday, May 14 – West Chester United 2-1 FC Monmouth
  • Sunday, May 15 – Philadelphia Lone Star 2-4 FC Motown
    • Last week’s PSP Lower League Recap Game of the Week did not disappoint, although Lone Star were disappointed with the result, which saw their club go 0 for 3 in games over the weekend across three different leagues. The Stars started strong at John Bartram HS Field against FC Motown by taking a 2-0 lead after 12 minutes of play and took that lead with them into halftime. Unfortunately the second half was a different story as the Stars, just like Philadelphia’s top flight club; Union, were unable to hold onto the lead. FC Motown scored back to back goals in the 51st and 52nd minutes to tie the game at 2. The Stars could not capitalize on a few close chances and FC Motown took the lead in the 71st minute. The Stars were unable to find the equalizer after that despite a 90th minute chance that could not find the back of the net. Motown iced the game with a stoppage time goal for the 4-2 win.

Next up:

  • Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals, new to the NPSL this year, begin their schedule on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at the Ukrainian American Sport Center in Horsham, taking on Jackson Lions FC.
  • Atlantic City FC will face Electric City Shock on Saturday May 21 at 5 p.m.
  • In a rematch of the first round of the U.S. Open Cup, West Chester United travel to FC Motown Saturday May 21 at 7 p.m.

Final notes:

  • On Sunday May 15, West Chester United lost in the Region 1 semi-finals of the National Armature Cup to Northern Virginia FC after penalty kicks determined the 1-1 result. While their National Armature Cup run comes to an end, West Chester is still alive in the Werner Fricker Open Cup and are set to play in the Region 1 final in June.

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