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June 14, 2013
Cleveland wins year’s first hardware

Tactical move
On the whiteboard in Detroit City FC’s locker room Sunday, head coach Ben Pirmann drew an arrow from Zeke Harris’s name towards the opposing goal line. As a natural striker in an outside back position, Harris savored Pirmann’s tactical decision.

The encouragement to join the attack resulted in Harris’s first goal of the season in Detroit City’s 3-0 victory against the Erie Admirals. With the win, Le Rouge remained undefeated and in sole possession of first place in the Midwest Great Lakes division of the NPSL.

“Now that we’re undefeated, we need to take it one game at a time,” Harris said. “We have to know that there is a target on our back and everyone is going to get up for us.”

City has now tallied 16 goals in just five games, and it’s remarkable goal differential of 13 is what has Le Rouge sitting alone atop the table over second place FC Buffalo.

Picking up ground
The Orange County Pateadores picked up ground to the top of the West-Southern Division, with a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Boca. Now they are 3 points away from divisional leader San Diego Flash, and a point away from Second Place FC Hasental.

Battle for Ohio
“The Battle for Ohio” took place Friday night between AFC Cleveland and Zanesville Athletic FC at Krenzler Field on the Cleveland State University campus. The Presidential Cup, the first piece of hardware awarded in the 2013 NPSL season, went to AFC Cleveland in a 3-2 win and a 6-4 score on aggregate.

Former Akron striker Tommy Schmitt scored off a looping free kick to put Cleveland up 1-0. Christian Earnest made it 2-0 in favor of the home team in the 51st off an assist from Schmitt.

Zanesville responded with a goal of their own eight minutes later thanks to a strike from Smart Osadolor, who caught Royals keeper Ben Yabrow off his line and was able to sneak one past to keep the visitors in the match at 2-1.

Zanesville’s Anthony Bahadur brought things even at 2-2 in the 82nd minute.

But it was Mount Union forward Tommy Beck, with an assist from Tyler Johnston, who scored seven minutes later to put the Royals ahead for good.

Another Clean Sheet
John Gurel’s goal off of a rebound in the 51st minute was all the scoring for either side, as the New York Red Bulls Academy U23 team topped visiting New York Athletic Club, 1-0, Sunday on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology.

The Red Bulls, who have not conceded a goal in 2013, move to 3-0, while New York Athletic Club is 1-1-1.

(Own) Goal Blitz
FC Buffalo won its third-consecutive start with a 3-2 win over AFC Cleveland in front of more than 700 fans at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium in Buffalo on Sunday.

Defender Dan O’Callaghan outleapt several FCB defenders off a long free kick from Carter Poe to put Cleveland up, 1-0.

The next three belonged to the Blitzers in a bizarre sequence. In the 33rd minute, midfielder Andrew Bednarsky’s free kick caught a Cleveland player to tie the score at 1 on the own goal. kept up their series of quick successive goals when Asani Samuels won a loose ball in a scrum in the box, sliding into to Anthony Rozzano who scored his first goal as a Blitzer.

In the 49th minute, a Cleveland clearance off a big throw deflected off another Royals player and went in for the Blitzers’ third goal and second AFC Cleveland own goal of the game.

Cleveland substitute Andrew Fletcher narrowed the score to 3-2 in the 83rd minute.

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