Thursday, July 3, 2014

NPSL Week 10 South Region Review/Preview

South Atlantic Conference

Seven points separate top from bottom in the conference.

Upward Stars are at 15, Myrtle Beach Mutiny are at 11, FC Carolina Discoveries are at 10, Carolina Railhawks U-23's are at 9, and Gate City are at 8.

Last week, Myrtle Beach got a big three points with a win over Railhawks and Gate City got just a big a win over Upward Stars.

The only action this week is Discoveries hosting the Railhawks...

South Central Conference

Tulsa Athletics are on top with 24 points in 9 matches- five points clear of OKC FC and 6 clear of Dallas City FC. Group two is lead by Corinthians at 15 points. Liverpool and Joplin each are at 10. Fort Worth are at four points and BCS Clash are still looking for their first points.

Just so you know, the goal differential for them now is at minus-85.

Last week, Tulsa knocked off Dallas 4-1. Levi Coleman had a hat trick.
((HT: Tulsa Athletics))

Dallas City got their three points back with a win over Fort Worth.
((HT: Fort Worth Vaqueros))

Corinthians had an up and down week- shutting out Fort Worth, but losing to OKC FC
Martin Hansson caught up with head coach Jon Burklo
((HT: Corinthians FC their own selves))

Liverpool put 10 goals on BCS and Joplin had the week off.

This week is the last week of the regular season with Tulsa is at Liverpool, OKC gets BCS, Dallas City hosts Joplin before the Demize head to Corinthians. Corinthians also host Fort Worth on Friday. The Vaqueros also get a round with BCS.

Southeast Conference

Chattanooga FC, New Orleans, and Silverbacks Reserves all have 20 points and Nashville FC are at 18. Rocket City United are at 8 points, the Georgia revs are at 4, and Knoxville Force are at 2.

CFC had a big three points against the Jesters to re-emphasize the log jam
((HT: Mad Kemp))

Nashville FC have had to keep in step in a busy week- beating Rocket City 2-0
((HT: Rocket City FC))

Then, NFC lost to Silverbacks Reserves 1-0 to come back to the pack:

"Eventhough, we made the effort to win, we could have taken care of it before we did," Silverbacks head coach Alejandro Pombo told OSG Sports. "But every game is a fight in the Southern Conference because there are so many good teams. I also like the pressure, though, that every game brings. I grew up playing with that kind of pressure. I'm pretty comfortable with it."

Nashville still is ready for the home stretch, but injuries to keeper Stephen Lunney and Anthony Cedano are a concern going forward for the home finale with Knoxville.

"Every game matters right now," Lunney told OSG. "All our games now are like playoff games. The season is on the line every week. Obviously, the loss to Atlanta is disappointing, but it all leads to the post-season."

"We have to create and finish chances when we have them," Nashville head coach Brian Johnson said. "But every match in conference is tough. There are no laughers around here and it's good for the level of players that are here. I do think that players play physically and there are times that the tactics outpace the refs, though."

This week, Silverbacks Reserves (who also beat Rocket City) play Georgia Revs and Chattanooga plays Rocket City.

Sunshine Conference

Miami United and Jacksonville United are at 21 and 20 points. Tampa Marauders and Storm are at 7 points with Cape Coral Hurricanes at 3 points.

Last week, Miami beat Cape Coral and Jacksonville beat Tampa.
This week, Storm plays twice at Jacksonville and Miami while Tampa hosts Cape Coral.

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