WESTFORD, Mass. — In the first match in club history, Kingston Stockade FC battled Greater Lowell United FC to a 1-1 draw, Sunday.
The Stockade took the lead over Greater Lowell United FC in the 49th minute, only to give up an extra-time equalizer off of a free kick. The match ultimately finished 1-1, giving Stockade an impressive road draw in its first ever official game in the NPSL.
Michael Creswick scored off of a one-on-one with the Lowell goalkeeper. Eric Fortier found Creswick with a through ball, and the forward muscled a defender off the ball before finishing with a precise chip that slowly trickled over the line before any of the Lowell defenders could reach it.
Play continued in the same vein for much of the rest of the match, as Stockade continued to push forward and apply a high line of defense despite being a man down. The midfield of Matt Koziol, Aldo Tropeano, Patrick Alvarez, Nick VonEgypt and Fortier were impressive on both sides of the ball, with Koziol doing a great job distributing the ball with perfectly weighted passes from a deep-lying role, while Alvarez and VonEgypt were relentless both going forward and tracking back.
Jamal Lis-Simmons (captain) and Corey Phillips anchored the center of defense on the day, while goalkeeper Stephen Skonieczny showed steady hands in goal.
The Lowell equalizer came on what was effectively the final play of the match, the goal scored off of a free-kick cross.
The team’s first home game is set for May 21st at Dietz Stadium against the Rhode Island Reds.