Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NPSL South Playoffs Review/Preview

South Atlantic Conference

Upward Stars have a four-point lead on Myrtle Beach, FC Carolina, and Gate City (15-11-11-11) with the Railhawks at 10 points heading into the final weekend.

Last week, Stars had the week off and everyone drew closer as a result. Gate City beat the Mutiny and the Railhawks drew FC Carolina at 2.

This weekend, Upward are on the road at FC Carolina and Myrtle Beach. Gate City are at FC Carolina and the Railhawks.

South Central Conference

The teams have been figured out...

Tulsa knocked off Liverpool Warriors to grab the top seed (27 points). OKC FC beat Corinthians and put 14 on BCS Clash to finish second with 22 points. Here's Corinthians head coach Jon Burklo after the 1-0 defeat
((HT: Corinthians their own selves))

Corinthians rebounded with wins over Fort Worth and Joplin to finish with 21 points.
Martin Hansson caught up with Johnny Lawson after the Fort Worth match

And with Uros Ceglaj after the Joplin match

Dallas City FC drew Joplin and finished in 4th with 19 points.
Angelina Armendariz caught up with DCFC's Victor Garza- in Spanish

Joplin finished 5th with 11 points just ahead of Liverpool (10 points) and Fort Worth finished with a 6-0 win over BCS Clash. The Clash went the full season without a win and a goal difference of -105, scoring 5 goals and giving up 110.

This week, everyone heads to Tulsa for the Conference title
Here's the schedule...

Semifinals - Saturday, July 12th, Athletics Stadium

Game #1 - Corinthians FC of SA vs. Oklahoma City FC, 4:30 pm

Game #2 - Tulsa Athletics vs. Dallas City FC, 7:30 pm

Finals - Sunday, July 13th, Athletics Stadium, 7:30 pm

Winner Game #1 vs Winner Game #2

Southeast Conference

Chattanooga FC's 5-1 win over Rocket City United gives them the conference title. They won the bid to host the conference tournament this weekend as the number 1 seed.
((HT: The Chattahooligans))

Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves lost out on the title on goal difference, but wrapped up their season with a win over the Georgia Revs. Nashville FC beat Knoxville Force 1-0 in their season finale for 21 points and the four seed.
((HT: The Williamson Source))

The New Orleans Jesters finished fourth in the table with 20 points, but are the three seed in the conference semis because the Pensacola City FC situation put the determining factor for seeding on a points-per-game average.

Rocket City finished with 8 points, the Revs with 4, and the Force with 2.

Two semifinal matches will be played on Friday, July 11.
The Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves and New Orleans Jesters will be at 5:00 pm.
The second game between Chattanooga FC and Nashville FC will follow.

The winners of the two games will then meet at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 12 in the Conference Championship.

"We know it's not going to be easy but both games we've played against then this year have been extremely tight," Nashville FC goalkeeper Stephen Lunney told OSG Sports. "We believe that we have what it takes to win the game and move on to Saturday night."

Sunshine Conference

Miami United beat Storm FC 2-1 to secure the conference title at 24 points. Jacksonville United are second at 20 points after losing to Storm themselves in their season finale. Tampa Marauders and Storm were tied at 10 points and Cape Coral wrapped at 3 points.

Jacksonville get Tampa and Miami get a rematch with Storm for the playoffs.

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