Road Victory Boosts Kingston FC Back into First Place

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Strong performance through 90 minutes gives Kingston a second consecutive clean sheet

St. Catharines, Ont. Saturday, July 27th, 2013 – A complete team effort gave Kingston FC a 2-0 win over St. Catharines Roma Wolves, pushing them back into first place in the CSL. Ninety minutes of unyielding defence gave goalkeeper Jaroslav Tesar his second straight shutout in front of 200 observers at Kiwanis field.

Light rain covered the turf, but Kingston retained possession from the get-go. Jason Massie’s free kick square off the crossbar in the tenth minute was a sign of more pressure to come.

The visitors struck first in the 25th minute, set up by a Massie through-ball to Edgar Soglo down the left side. Soglo’s cross found Kihara Waiganjo, who smashed home his second in as many games.

Catalin Lichioiu was out with an upper body injury, replaced by Mademba Ba up front. Along with the league’s leading goal-scorer Guillaume Surot, scoring chances arrived in handfuls through 90 minutes of play. Neither striker buried until the second half.

Waiganjo eventually set up Ba in the 77th minute, for a header the tall striker couldn’t miss. He popped one downwards into the net for the 2-0 lead which proved decisive.

Tesar made only two saves, with Kingston’s back four – Rory Kennedy, captain Austin White, Joe Zupo and Ryan McCurdy – shutting the door in front of him.

From the top of the bleachers, coaches of Swedish Second Division club FC Gute caught their first glimpse of Kingston FC in action. FC Gute head coach Jonas is in Toronto for the week, looking for potential Canadian prospects, and Kingston FC was on his radar.

“I notice they have good speed on the wing here with [Soglo] – and typical strikers here with [Ba] and [Surot], with Surot working as a target here,” Bjӧrkgren said at halftime.

Next week, Kingston will host the visiting Swedes to a friendly match at 4pm on Thursday, August 1st, at Queen’s West Campus field.

“It’s very technical, and we’ve seen many good players,” said Daniel Bakeus, head coach of FC Gute’s under-17 squad. “This is the first time we’re outside Sweden to play other teams – it’s exciting.”

Kingston FC head coach Colm Muldoon was more than satisfied with his team’s play for the full 90 minutes.

“[St. Catharines] started off were all energy, tried to deny us chances, but once we settled down we moved from side to side – couldn’t ask for much more from our players,” Muldoon said post-game.

In anticipation for Thursday’s game, Muldoon says he believes his team’s in good shape if they continue to play the same fashion.

“We don’t really know what we’re up against,” he said, “but if we keep playing in the manner and style that we are at the moment, good things are going to happen.”

Prior to the First Division game, Kingston FC’s reserves fell 3-0 to St. Catharines Roma Wolves ‘B’. The loss keeps Kingston in fifth place in the CSL Second Division table with a 3-6-0 record.

Thursday’s friendly with FC Gute of Sweden’s Second Division is their next game before a short break in the schedule. Kingston’s next CSL match is Sunday, August 11th at home against SC Waterloo.

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