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NPSL/WPSL Weekend Roundup: Hotspurs men win fourth straight; Century United women earn 2-2 draw

NPSL/WPSL Weekend Roundup: Hotspurs men win fourth straight; Century United women earn 2-2 draw

On Saturday, both the Hotspurs men and Century United women were in action, while the Hotspurs women’s scheduled match on Friday vs Cleveland Ambassadors was postponed.

Things are starting to heat up as all three teams competing in the NPSL and WPSL are hitting the homestretch of games in the coming weeks.

For the Hotspurs men, their win streak has been impressive, but they’ll face their biggest test this coming week in a rematch of their only loss of the season, as they’ll host FC Cleveland at Founders Field.

Century United and Hotspurs women will finally face each other in the first of two encounters on July 2.

Things should get very interesting in the coming weeks for all of Pittsburgh’s WPSL and NPSL teams.  Look for more extensive coverage too from Pittsburgh Soccer Now as we look forward to getting to some of these key matches.


NPSL

Pittsburgh Hotspurs 2, FC Buffalo 1 

Game Report 

The Hotspurs ran its win streak to four games, as they earned a season sweep of FC Buffalo with a 2-1 road win on Saturday.

Captain Nicky Kolarac scored his third goal of the season in the 9th minute, then the Hotspurs doubled its lead when earning a penalty in the 40th minute.  It was Josh Gaspari who buried the PK safely in the bottom right corner.  FC Buffalo’s Mohamodu Keita cut the lead in the second half, but the Hotspurs held on.

Here’s how the Hotspurs lined up on Saturday.

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With the win, the Hotspurs improve its record to 5-1-0 overall, trailing only FC Cleveland (5-0-1) in the Rust Belt Division. The two teams will face each other in a showdown at Founders Field on Friday, June 25.  Look for more on this match as the week progresses here on Pittsburgh Soccer Now and we will have on-site coverage on Friday evening.


WPSL

Century United 2, Motor City FC 2 

Sarah Schupansky opened the scoring, with an assist from her future Pitt women’s soccer teammate Landy Mertz, then Halieigh Finale’s second half goal was also assisted by Mertz, as Century United earned a point in a 2-2 draw against Motor City FC in WPSL play on Saturday at Cool Springs.

With this result, Century United’s overall record in their first season in WPSL competition is 1-1-2.

Next up for Century, they’ll face FC Berlin at Sahlen’s Sports Park on Saturday, June 26 at 6 p.m.

Pittsburgh Hotspurs

Friday’s scheduled match with Cleveland Ambassadors was postponed.  The Hotspurs are scheduled to take on Century United, on July 2 in the first of two meetings between the Pittsburgh-based clubs.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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