League-leading Western Mass Pro Soccer traveled to PG County Sportsplex in Hyattsville, Maryland to play EverGreen Diplomats on Saturday, October 18. The Lusitanos, a nickname referring to Portuguese heritage in the club and surrounding area, got the job done despite making the longest trip of their season.
Western Mass won 2-1 over the Dips thanks to a double from Eddie Bogle. Bogle scored in the 25th minute from Pat Boucher and in the 76th minute from outstanding midfielder Maxi Viera.
Ryan Rohrer scored for the home team in the 76th minute but Western Mass Pro Soccer moved to 6-0-2 (20 points) to remain the only undefeated team in the upstart league.
Western Mass play on Saturday, October 25 for their fall season home finale against second place Icon FC at Lusitano Stadium at 7PM
The Rhode Island Oceaneers went on the road to Teaneck, New Jersey, on Saturday night to play Icon FC
Rhode Island pushed hard in the opening quarter of the hour but failed to capitalize despite pressure from Emerson and Sam Fonseca. Icon FC grew as the first half opened up and the home side exploited weaknesses in the Oceaneers back four to grab a 2-0 lead by the interval.
Rookie head coach Jasir Charris, who is also a member of the Revolution academy coaching staff, poured himself into his halftime speech and the Rhode Island players responded with a much-improved second half performance. Kessy Alves scored his first goal of the campaign and the Oceaneers seemed to grow with confidence from that strike.
Jeff Rojas and Anthony Baumann inspired their teammates to work hard off the ball from their places in the midfield and backline, respectively, but to no avail. Even Brayan Rouvira's energetic play in the final third failed to produce the equalizer, as Rhode Island lost 2-1 to Icon FC.
Rhode Island Oceaneers next travel to take on Ironbound Soul SC at 7:00PM at Williams Field in Elizabeth, N.J. on Saturday.
Mass United FC hosted Ironbound Soul SC on Saturday night and fell 3-1 in a disappointing match.
Though the first half was goalless, the game exploded into action in the second 45. Ironbound forward Christiano Francois scored the game's first goal in the 50th minute. The former D.C. United attacker tallied his second just seven minutes later, extending Ironbound Soul's lead on the road to 2-0.
United midfielder Denivaldo DaSilva worked some magic to dribble past multiple Soul defenders and draw a penalty for the home side. Mass United FC forward Sanha confidently dispatched his spot-kick and the game was within reach for the Salem-based squad.
Despite sustained pressure, United couldn't find the elusive equalizing goal and Alfred Santhonax came off the bench to put icing on the cake for Ironbound Soul SC with his 84th minute goal.
Mass United FC will look to heal from the deflating loss to Ironbound quickly as they travel to Washington Township, N.J., to play the Philadelphia Fury this Saturday.
Each of the three New England teams in the ASL will have one more game in the fall portion of the inaugural season after this weekend's matchups.