Williamsport City Lions draw with UCFC Jeffrey Mendoza in men’s soccer | News, Sports, Jobs

Despite having just 13 players available for Saturday afternoon’s UPSL game against UCFC Jeffrey Mendoza on the road, the Williamsport City Lions battled to a 1-1 draw.

The tie pushed the City Lions closer to the league title.

UCFC went ahead early in the first half when it scored with a 20-yard strike in the bottom corner of the goal, 1-0. Williamsport had a few chances on set pieces to tie it up, but the passes went just over Williamsport’s players, preventing a shot attempt.

“The second half was off to a great start, as the Lions woke up from their sleepy first-half performance, finding their feet and creating opportunities while limiting the opposition to shots from distance,” Williamsport City Lions coach Kenny Fern said.

Williamsport finally put in an equalizer in the 65th minute when Wellsboro graduate Gabe Leach sent in a cross, which was bobbled in the 18-yard box. That’s when Williamsport graduate Kolachi Pombor ran in and sent in the game-tying goal.

Owen Magee had a chance shortly thereafter when former Lock Haven University standout Beckham Sibiski played a ball that was just too high for Magee. The duo almost struck minutes later when Sibiski sent in a ball that was touched by Magee, only to hit the UCFC goalie in the chest as it was cleared.

The Lions (7-0-1) remain at the top of the UPSL Division I league, ahead of CD Catrachos PA (4-2-2), Allentown United U23 (4-1-23) and NJ Alliance FC II (3 -2-2). Williamsport has outscored its opposition this year, 21-4, and has not allowed more than one goal in a game this season.

Williamsport hosts UCC Jeffrey Mendoza in a rematch at Penn College on Saturday. Following that rematch, Williamsport has just two contests remaining as the City Lions travel to NJ Alliance FC II on Sunday and then host Allentown United U23 on Saturday, June 25.

The Williamsport City Lions women’s team has not been in action since a heartbreaking 4-3 loss on June 5 to Westchester United FC. The women’s team is at Westchester United FC for a rematch on Sunday at 4 pm before hosting NY Magic at Penn College on Saturday, June 25, at 4 pm The women’s season then concludes with a game on Sunday, June 26 against Inter AC at 1 pm

The Williamsport City Lions women’s team is currently 0-1-2. After consecutive 1-1 draws to open the season against NY Magic and Inter AC, respectively, the Lions fell to Westchester United FC for its first loss of the year.

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