Western Mass Pro Soccer maintained their undefeated start to ASL play with a 1-1 home draw against Icon FC. The home side did not make things easy for themselves, however, as they played one of their worst performances of the season.
Western Mass found themselves in a hole after Fritson Jean-Baptiste scored for Icon FC in the 47th minute on a cross from Kevin Zalewski. A potential comeback seemed unlikely when Matt Mitchell was sent off for the Lusitanos in the 84th minute. Playing down a man, the home team rallied through a Pat Boucher equalizing header in the 90th minute.
The late drama in Ludlow meant that Western Mass remained unbeaten (6-3-0) through nine weeks and will put that mark on the line against Mass United FC this coming weekend in their season finale.
Rhode Island Oceaneers went on the road to earn a 1-1 draw against Ironbound Soul SC at Williams Field in Elizabeth, N.J.
Former D.C. United waiver draft pick and Richmond Kickers forward Christiano Francois has been a handful for defenses in the ASL throughout the fall campaign. Francois quickly made his mark against the Oceaneers with a goal in the 6th minute on an assist from Maxi Garcia.
Rhode Island lacked confidence in the first half but battled but after the halftime break. Isaac Addai was a consistent threat for the visitors, driving up the right flank throughout the second half. In the 65th minute Addai connected well with forward Dre Perdomo, who finished off a wall-pass with a smart strike.
Though head coach Jasir Charris might have felt his team could have pressed on to win the game after grabbing momentum late, a 1-1 draw on the road is a good result for the Oceaneers. In addition to attacking midfielder Addai and forward Perdomo, who is growing into a leadership role with a young and inexperienced squad, Rhode Island's coaching staff also pointed out Bryan Barrios who excels in attacking out of the left back position.
The road draw moves Rhode Island to 1-3-3 (7 points).
Rhode Island Oceaneers play their 8th and final game of the fall season this Saturday at home against the Philadelphia Fury. The match kicks off at 7:00PM from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Mass United FC played in a 6-goal strike-fest that finished level with the Philadelphia Fury. United played to a flurry of first half goals with the ASL's flagship team in Washington Township, NJ.
The visitors were quickly undone by mistakes in the backline as the Fury jumped out to an early two-goal lead. Nic Kolarac scored for the Fury in the 8th minute before Seydou Ba doubled their advantage in the 13th minute.
Discouraged but not disheartened, Mass United battled back with goals from Lassana Sanha in the 15th minute and Carlos Diniz in the 17th minute. Diniz grabbed some attention when he held off a defender's challenge and poked his shot between the legs of Fury goalkeeper Thorne Holder.
Despite surging back to level terms, United conceded to a low shot by Scott McCoubrey ten minutes before halftime. Midfielder Denivaldo DaSilva collected a pass from Braima Samati and calmly slotted his shot into the net in the 53rd minute to draw Mass United on equal terms.
Though United couldn't find the go-ahead goal in this match, a draw on the road should provide some momentum going into the team's final game of the fall season. Mass United FC (0-5-3) hosts Western Mass Pro Soccer this Saturday, November 1 at 7:00PM from Salem State University.