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HARTFORD CITY POST THIRD STRAIGHT CLEAN SHEET, CONTINUE WINNING WAYS OVER KINGSTON

Poughkeepsie, NY. – On a sweltering Saturday evening in the Hudson Valley, Hartford City FC (5-2-1, 16 points) recorded their third straight victory by way of a shutout as the Colts knocked off last place Kingston Stockade FC (1-6-1, 4 points), 1-0, at Marist College.

It’s the first time in recent memory that Hartford City FC have posted three consecutive shutout victories, as the closest the Colts have come to pulling off the feat over the last couple of years came last season by posting back-to-back shutouts over the New York Shockers. And Nate DiLoreto, who has been in goal for all three clean sheets, has upped his scoreless streak of 291 minutes without conceding a goal. The win also keeps the Colts within three points of the North Atlantic Conference leading New York Shockers, who upped their 2024 season point total to 19 after a 4-1 victory over Valeo FC on Saturday evening.

After a heavy downpour at Tenney Stadium during warmups on Saturday evening, clear skies arrived just in time for opening kickoff and that spurred the HCFC attack on in the early minutes with Alonzo Clarke nearly picking out Evan Jones at the back post with a cross in the eighth minute. Four minutes later, it was Kingston asking a question out of the HCFC defense as Petro Klishch saw his curling effort tipped around the post by DiLoreto.

Jones, who was buzzing all over the field on Saturday night, nearly got on the board in the 16th minute as he whistled a half-volleyed effort over the bar. Mark Grant would then sting the palms of Kingston goalie James Lowell with a long-distance rocket in the 23rd minute. But despite all the pressure from Hartford City going forward, it was a mistake in the back from Kingston that gave the visitors the opening tally.

From a Nate DiLoreto booming clearance in the 35th minute that overshot his intended mark, Kingston defender Albion Bacaj headed the ball back to his goalie, a seemingly innocuous play to allow his team to re-set. But Lowell miscued his catch and spilled the ball to the feet of Jones, who was able to walk the ball into the open net to score his team-leading third goal (and arguably his easiest goal) of the 2024 season.

The next chance of note for either team wouldn’t come until the 58th minute when Mark Grant got loose at the top of the box, after Kingston failed to clear a long free kick, and unleashed his second long distance effort of the night that saw Lowell parry wide of goal.

A consistent trend of this three-match winning and shutout streak from the Colts is their ability to stifle their opponents in their attempt to stringe together many chances going forward as the game wears on. And Saturday night was no different as DiLoreto made two saves in the first half and wasn’t tested much over the course of the second half.

Over the final five minutes of the match, Hartford City had multiple chances to double their lead but couldn’t cash in. The first chance came in the 85th minute on a counterattack when Michael Suski, who made his debut for the club on Saturday, fired a shot that forced a great diving stop from Lowell. Two minutes later, another second half substitute Matt Cence was fouled inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. However, for the second consecutive week, the Colts failed to capitalize on a late penalty kick as Cence saw his spot kick attempt smothered by Lowell.

The hosts did provide a flurry of late offense by generating two corner kicks and one free kick in second half stoppage time, but DiLoreto and his defense held firm and repelled all efforts before the final whistle came, securing Hartford City’s home-and-home sweep against Kingston.

Hartford City FC return to Trinity Health Stadium on Saturday, June 29th as they face off against Valeo FC. Kickoff for that match, which will be HCFC’s final home match of the 2024 NPSL Regular Season, is scheduled for 7pm.

June 24 at 1:05 pm

COLTS LOOK TO CONTINUE THEIR WINNING WAYS ON SATURDAY AT KINGSTON STOCKADE

Hartford, Conn. – With only three matches to go in the 2024 NPSL Regular Season, Hartford City FC (4-2-1, 13 points) will take their two-match winning streak on the road to square off against their long-time rivals Kingston Stockade FC (1-5-1, 4 points) on Saturday evening at 6pm.

MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday’s match will be played at Tenney Stadium on the campus of Marist College (3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601), and tickets are available on their website (stockadefc.com/tickets), with adult tickets going for $10 and kids at $5.

Fans who cannot make the match in person can follow along via a free live stream at either stockadefc.com/live or by searching Kingston Stockade FC on YouTube.

LAST TIME OUT

Hartford City took a big step in their quest to catch the North Atlantic Conference leading New York Shockers last Sunday with a 2-0 win at Trinity Health Stadium. In a first half that didn’t have many chances, New York thought that they took the lead in the 7th minute when Adel Cekic’s free kick bounced past everyone into the back of the net, but the referee ruled the goal out for a foul inside the box before the ball crossed the goal line. The Shockers almost took the lead again on the stroke of halftime when Mohamed Soumah caught his bicycle kick effort cleanly from a corner kick, only to miss the corner by inches.

The Colts came out firing to start the second half by forcing a save out of New York’s goalie Tyler Brennan on Noah Silverman’s tight angle chance within the first two minutes. The hosts continued pressure would net them a goal in the 55th minute as Griffin Tomas cleared away a Shockers free kick inside his own penalty area in the direction of Silverman. He would go then on a 70-yard solo run, bypassing a pair of Shockers defenders and slotted his shot past Brennan. HCFC nearly doubled their lead straight from kickoff as Brennan cleared a ball straight to the feet of Parker Vasic just outside the penalty area, who then unselfishly laid it off to Evan Southern, only to see Brennan make amends for the giveaway with a one-on-one save.

The one-goal advantage became two as Jake Williams was fouled just outside the penalty area and the Colts’ captain stepped up and delivered a majestic curler around the wall and flew past the goalies right to double Hartford City’s lead. The Colts could have had a third when Williams was fouled inside the box but Brennan denied his spot kick attempt to keep it a 2-0 game.

WHERE THINGS STAND IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE

 With Hartford City’s win last Sunday, it allowed the Colts to climb to within three points of the conference leading Shockers, who remain at 16 points to HCFC’s 13. The day before, Valeo FC knocked off Syracuse FC at home with a 48th minute winner from Jason Hrkach and New Jersey United traveled to Tenney Stadium and came away with a 1-0 victory over Kingston Stockade. Diego Navas scored the winner in that game with thirty minutes to go, putting him tied for second in the conference with three goals, alongside his teammate Khaled Daoud.

NJ United AC currently sit in third with 12 points, just one point behind Hartford City and three points ahead of Syracuse FC, who they will host on Sunday. With their win last weekend, Valeo FC move up to seven points and could jump as high as fourth with a win over the Shockers on Saturday.

ABOUT OUR OPPONENT

 It has been a challenging season for Kingston Stockade FC, as they currently sit in last place in the conference with just four points and are eight points behind New Jersey in third and five points behind Syracuse in fourth. Meaning anything shy of a win on Saturday will all but likely eliminate the team from postseason play.

Kingston is wrapping up a five-match homestand this weekend and the only points they’ve gained during that stretch at home came on a 2-0 victory over Valeo FC on June 8th when Richard Morel, who is a rising senior at Marist College, scored a pair of goals en route to the teams’ first positive result since their Opening Day 1-1 draw at Valeo back on May 4th. That winning performance was the strongest offensive output the club have had this year since the 3-2 loss at Hartford City back on May 18th when Jonathan Salguero and Hugo Guerra found the back of the net in the losing effort.

June 24 at 1:02 pm

COLTS SECURE THEIR SECOND CLEAN SHEET IN A ROW IN A FATHER’S DAY VICTORY

Hartford, Conn. – On the strength of second half goals from Noah Silverman and Jake Williams, Hartford City FC (4-2-1, 13 points) maintained their second-place spot in the NPSL North Atlantic Conference table with a 2-0 victory over the conference leading New York Shockers (5-1-1, 16 points) on Sunday evening at Trinity Health Stadium. The result gives the Colts their second straight shutout as they held New Jersey United AC off the board in a 1-0 victory last Sunday.

It’s the second time in as many seasons that Hartford City FC have posted back-to-back clean sheets, as the Colts turned the trick against New York Shockers twice in a six-day period last year. The first was a 0-0 draw up at Afrim’s Sports Park on June 17th, 2023 with Jamis Fite in net, and the second came in a 7-0 victory on the 22nd at Trinity Health Stadium. The latter saw Nate DiLoreto in goal, and the University of Rhode Island product was in net for Sunday’s result as well, giving him two clean sheets on the campaign and three total during his time with the Colts.

In a first half that was void of many chances, New York thought that they had taken the lead in the 7th minute when Adel Cekic’s free kick bounced past everyone into the back of the net, but the referee ruled the goal out for a foul inside the box before the ball crossed the goalline.

Hartford City were relegated to just a handful of half chances in the first half, one from Patrick Osiecki on the volley in the 19th minute, and Jake Williams had a pair of efforts, first dragging his effort wide from a long corner in the 22nd minute and then putting his laces through the ball from 30 yards out minutes before halftime, but put the effort over the bar.

Almost out of nowhere, the Shockers nearly grabbed the first goal on the stroke of halftime when Mohamed Soumah caught his bicycle kick effort cleanly from a corner kick, only to miss the corner by inches. But that was the warning shot that the Colts needed heading into halftime because when they returned the field in the second half, they were on the front foot immediately.

80 seconds into the second half, Evan Jones was able to win the ball back inside the penalty area and laid it off to Silverman, forcing a save out of New York’s goalie Tyler Brennan from a narrow angle. The Colts continued to sustain that pressure until the breakthrough that came in the 55th minute.

From a New York free kick by their attacking corner flag, Griffin Tomas cleared away the set piece and unlocked Silverman. The Quinnipiac product would go on a 70-yard solo run, bypassing a pair of Shockers defenders, before slotting his shot past Brennan. It’s Silverman’s first goal of the season for the club but the second straight match where he’s registered a goal contribution as he assisted last Sunday’s Evan Jones’ game winner at New Jersey United.

HCFC nearly doubled their lead straight from kickoff as Brennan cleared a ball straight to the feet of Parker Vasic just outside the penalty area, who then unselfishly laid it off to Evan Southern, only to see Brennan make amends for the giveaway with a one-on-one save.

New York didn’t have much joy going forward over the final half hour as they were frustrated time after time by the Colts back line of Tomas, Osiecki, Larson Richards and Eamon Moylan. And that one-goal advantage was held securely by the hosts until the final eight minutes when Williams was fouled just outside the penalty area.

In a perfect spot for a left-footed free kick, about 22 yards away from goal, the Colts’ captain stepped up and delivered a majestic curler around the wall and flew past the goalies right to double Hartford City’s lead.

Five minutes later, Brennan once again had a miscue clearing his lines as he delivered a goal kick straight to Williams, who was taken down in the box by Shockers defender Connor DeFilippis and the referee awarded a penalty kick. Brennan though made amends for his error, similarly as he did earlier in the half, as he parried away Williams’ spot kick to keep the score at 2-0. Moments later, the referee signaled for full time and Hartford City were able to climb to within three points of the conference leading Shockers with three matches left to play in the regular season.

Hartford City FC will play their penultimate road match of the regular season next Saturday, June 22nd against Kingston Stockade FC. That match will kick off at 6pm and will be played at Tenney Stadium on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

June 17 at 1:00 pm

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