Here’s the wrap-up of Saturday’s games in the Casa Soccer League, the Delaware Valley’s biggest adult league.
It was the week of the shutout in Primera. Four out of the five games included blank sheets, including massive 4-0 wins for Grey Lodge and Cracovia over Philly Soccer Firm and Penn United respectively. Both teams had a good distribution of offense, getting a goal each from four different players. West Philly FC and Philly United were also shutout victims, dropping to AC Milan and Drinker’s Pub United. AC Milan put in two while Drinker’s Pub won by the slimmest of margins. Cannons FC lost their goalie to a red card then lost the match 3-1 to Real Optimus. Cracovia and Grey Lodge are tied atop the table after two games with six points apiece. Cracovia will face a tough test in 3rd place AC Milan next Saturday while Optimus takes on Penn United.
In Segunda, NewPhillyUnited took sole possession of first place with a rough 3-1 win over Stoney United. NewPhilly boasts the division’s best defense with only two goals allowed thus far. Nittany United beat Steagles by the same score behind two goals from Brit Martin. Both Nittany and Steagles have four points after two weeks. In fact, six Segunda teams are tied for third place with four points apiece. Sporting Philly rebounded from a 5-1 loss to Stoney in week one to crush Organized Chaos 7-2. The scoring barrage was led by Jim Posey who put four into the net. United Nations scored three goals for the second straight week and thanks to a strong defensive effort, this time it was enough for a win. Their 3-0 victory over Memphis Taproom gives United Nations the exact same number of points, goals for, and goals against as their Stoney United, their next opponent. Skulls and Philadelphia Athletic battled it out to a 1-1 tie that pushes Skulls up the table into second place.
Mt. Laurel and Quaker City are tied atop Tricera with six points each. Mt. Laurel used the momentum from their big week 1 win to squeak by Parke Towne United 1-0 on Israel Olvera’s game-winner. Quaker City kept pace – and their perfect defensive record – with a 2-0 victory over Lot Lizards. Both teams have a +6 goal differential and their matchup on April 24 looks to be a must-see event. TJ Krempa’s brace led Revolution 76 into sole possession of third in a 3-1 win against Loose Cannons. A very strong defensive display from Tri-County United allowed them to get all three points off of Bayern Makefield in an exciting match. TCU caught Makefield sleeping after a foul and took advantage to score their only goal courtesy of Mike Topper, then held on for an important win. FC Spartans left Sons of Ben Independence winless with a 2-1 victory, wrapping up a tight week of games in Tricera. Spartans are a point behind Revolution 76, but they can leapfrog Revs when the two teams meet at 9:20 next Saturday.
In the highest scoring game of the young season, Abierto’s Sons of Ben Union rebounded from a week one loss with a 6-4 win over Sidewinders. Sabatino Mangini and Christopher Constable led the way for SoB Union with four goals and thirteen syllables between them. AOH 61 stayed atop the league with a 4-0 win over The Incredibles, while Sons of Ben Zolo kept pace with a hard fought 3-2 victory over Revolving United. Zolo will be tempted to look by Pennypack Park Rangers towards their April 17 matchup against AOH 61. That would be a mistake, as Rangers’ four goals in two games means they can score when they get the opportunity. Sweet Lucy’s FC is an enigma: After dropping their first outing 5-1, they put seven past FC Kilbanes. The two teams are stuck in a tie for 3rd place with four other squads. Spruce Goose FC is another 3 point team after putting four into the Pennypack Park Rangers’ net on Saturday. Spruce and Kilbanes face off next Saturday in what should be an entertaining and offensive contest.
This week featured the first two red cards of the CASA season, including the first red card for a goaltender. The offense in Abierto this season cannot be ignored. Four teams have scored seven or more goals, and it is clear that teams in this division know how to go forward. Also notable was the fantastic weather on Saturday, which kept spirits high even as the bumpy fields kept on-the-ball confidence low.
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