KINGSTON – The Kingston Stockade FC played its final home game of the season at Dietz Stadium, Sunday afternoon, and the team pretty much went out the way it came in; crowded parking lot, packed stands, enthusiastic crowd, and a win on the field.
“This season has completely exceeded any expectation that we dreamed of”, said Dennis Crowley, Chairman and Founder of the Stockade FC. “The team has been performing extremely well, and every game, the fence is lined with kids who want to play for the team and come out to watch each game”
The semi pro soccer club that began its mission in November of last year, started the buzz with meet-ups at Keegam’s Ale House in Kingston and other venues; with team t-shirts and merchandise. Once the season began, and through its eight home games, the Kingston Stockade averaged close to 1000 people in attendance at each game.
For the Stockade, there’s no place like home. All of its five season wins so far have been at Dietz Stadium.
This recent win was a 4-0 shutout over the Seacoast United Mariners. The game started with several scoring opportunities for the Stockade; each one just missing the mark but giving the crwod a quick jolt of enthusiasm. In the 40th minute, Dylan Williams of Monroe, NY hit the back of the net off a corner throw in to break the ice.
The game stayed 1-0 until late in the second half when Anthony Barone (Highland, NY) was substituted into the game and scored off a cross from Joe Bogart (Hyde Park, NY).
Kingsston scored two more goals in the final ten minutes when Pat Alvarez (East Fishkill, NY) was substituted in and forced an own goal, then scored an unassisted goal on a skilled shot to the top right corner of the net.
“It’s been a tough season for me with injuries and I lost my starting spot”, said Alvarez, “So, once coach put me in, I only had 10 minutes left in the game to show what I could do and I got two goals in ten minutes, not bad, right?”
After the game, Team Captain, Jamal Lis-Simmons (Highland) took the stadium mic and, on behalf of the team, thanked the fans for their support.
The Stockade is 5-7-2 overall with two road games remaining on the season schedule.