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Hartford, CT. – June provided a particular challenge for Hartford Colts, with four straight away fixtures and back-to-back matches on the 16th and 17th. On Saturday the team traveled to New York Athletic Club and Sunday to Greater Lowell NPSL.
On Saturday, the Colts opened up the match with a first half goal by Luke Alvaro (Somers, CT) with a tidy finish, from a Mark Grant (Coventry, CT) through ball. NYAC proved to be especially dangerous on set pieces, throughout the match, ultimately equalizing in the second half.
Finishing chances came one after the other for Hartford, throughout the game, but the Colts couldn’t produce. It wasn’t until a 50 yard through ball across the field by Paulinton Johnson (Hartford, CT) found a striding Mark Grant who slipped one by the NYAC goal keeper to put the Colts ahead 2-1. Heartbreak ensued as the Colts gave up the equalizer no less than two minutes later in the 88th minute from a rebound which Hami Kara (Wethersfield, CT) produced a full extension save initially on.
The next day, Hartford traveled up to Lowell for the second fixture on the weekend a bit weary from Saturday. Opening goal Deja Vu occurred, as the chemistry between Luke Alvaro and Mark Grant continued producing another goal. Alvaro would find the net again in the 2nd half, followed by game sealing finish by Andrew Geres (Portland, CT).
“Sometimes you just have to push through scheduling challenges,” said Head Coach Christian Benjamin “This weekend we took four out of six possible points on the road and I think any team would be happy with those results.” Indeed the Colts were happy as both NYAC and Greater Lowell respectively sat in 3rd and 4th in the table right behind the Colts. Securing those four points could mean the difference between securing a playoff bid and missing out.
The Colts return to action Saturday the 23rd at home versus the Rhode Island Reds.
June 22 at 4:39 pm
Malden, MA. – Last year’s playoff rematch between your Hartford City Colts and Boston City Lions was featured as the NPSL National Game of the Week. Full NPSL media coverage, can be read here.
Hartford was handed it first loss of the season, while Boston found its first win. Going into the fixture Boston had it’s season on the ropes with only 1 point and Hartford look poised to stay level with the NY Cosmos.
Energy and intensity was high from kickoff, Boston came flying out. Hartford looked overwhelmed in the first few minutes as Boston sent forward seven to eight players in each attacking sequence. After the midfield and forwards adjusted defensively, the Colts became poised. A strike by Sebastian Stezeswki (New Britain, CT) ricocheted off the cross bar in the 10th minute, was just one of the numerous scoring chances that alluded the Colts all evening.
An early set piece at the beginning of the second half, afforded a Boston service in the box, which Hartford was unable to handle. A clearance went astray to Boston’s Jimenez, for him to finish one past goalkeeper Carson D’Ambrosio (Andover, CT). Finding themselves in unfamiliar territory, the Colts were down for the first time all season. They continued to push for the equalizer, creating chances that either were saved, sought out by the Lion’s defense or just went wide.
The second Boston goal of the half, came at the hands of Addai in the 80th minute, which cemented the victory for the Lions. Hartford for the first time all season couldn’t find the back of the net. Not even second half substitution and last year’s playoff hero, Paulinton Johnson (Hartford, CT) could bring the Colts back level.
Hartford City returns to NPSL action next weekend with two road fixtures against New York Athletic Club on Saturday and Greater Lowell on Sunday. As always, you can follow the game via twitter or logon onto our Facebook page for the livestream of the match.
June 22 at 4:19 pm
Portland, ME. – Each week provides a new challenge within the NPSL, this week your Colts traveled to their farthest away fixture of 2018. Maine’s perennial soccer powerhouse, Seacoast United Mariners was the match up, a side that can never be overlooked.
Hartford’s lineup featured some fresh faces in the starting group, Lamar Chancey (Meriden, CT), Rashawn Dally (Bloomfield, CT) and Quentin Lux (Plainville, CT) made their first career starts for the boys in Navy and Gold.
From the beginning of the match, Hartford City looked to be in control, holding majority of possession while creating multiple chances. Seacoast deployed a very compact defensive structure, with a line of pressure starting at midfield and looking to counter Hartford whenever they could. Breaking down the Mariners didn’t come easy throughout the half, as space in the final third was typically filled with ten players. Patience eventually paid off as Ryan Taylor (South Windsor, CT), was able to gain some separation from his defender and finish an opportunity from the left side.
In the second half, the Mariners maintained their defensive structure, attempting to prevent a second goal. Patience paid off yet again for Hartford as second half substitute, Riley Strassner (Avon, CT) was able to pull off a beautiful shot that found its way into the side netting, giving Hartford a 2-0 lead inside the final fifteen minutes of play. Hartford would maintain their two goal lead to seal the match.
The result takes Hartford City FC to 4-0-0 on the season and sees them maintain their second place position in the table. The Colts remain just 3 points behind the league leading New York Cosmos, with a game in hand. Next week the Colts will again be on the road, facing Boston City FC in a rematch of last year’s instant classic, first round playoff game. Fans interested in traveling can make the trip to Brother Gilbert Stadium in Malden, MA or watch the live stream broadcast.
June 6 at 3:17 am