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Clash of the Titans

Duluth FC vs. Med City FC

Rochester Community and Technical College | Spring Lake Park, MN

June 25th, 2022 | Game #10 Current 2022: Records (W-L-T):

Duluth: 5-0-0; 3-1-0 at home/on the road

Med City: 5-0-1; 4-0-0 at home/on the road

Your BlueGreens will again be on the road and traveling for their second game of the three-game road trip. This time they will be squaring off against the number one team Med City FC at the Rochester Community and Technical College. It is also the first time these teams will have faced each other all season and it is sure to be quite the anticipated matchup. These two teams have been at the top of the NPSL North for a while now and both have no intent on relinquishing their spot. Med City currently stands in first place and is four points ahead of Duluth. However, they have played one more game than the Bluegreens so it is still very much anyone’s conference to take. 

Duluth has to be feeling pretty confident coming into this game after a 6-0 blowout against the TwinStars on their home turf. Blake Perry has been getting things going again with two goals in that matchup but his presence was felt everywhere. The intimidating style of defense Duluth plays with may give them a little bit of an edge against Med City’s offense. An offense that has scored two or fewer goals against opponents in seven out of ten matchups so far this season. It will also be very interesting to see how Duluth’s high-power offense does against their Stellar defense. One that has let up the least amount of goals this season, only allowing seven to hit the back of the net in a ten-game stretch is impressive. 

This will most likely be the toughest game the boys have played so far this season let’s hope that the momentum that they have been gaining is enough to get us within one point of the current king of the conference. 

Kick-off is expected at 7:00 pm, June 25th. The stream for the match will be available on Med City’s YouTube channel. 

By: Ryan Tigner

Bluegreens Slay Dragons and Continue Title Fight

Duluth FC vs. Minnesota TwinStars FC

Spring Lake Park Panther Stadium | Spring Lake Park, MN

June 22nd, 2022 | Game #9 Current 2022: Records (W-L-T):

Duluth:5-0-0; 3-1-0 at home/on the road

Minnesota:2-2-1; 2-3-0 at home/on the road

Starting XI: Martin Grzrywa, Paul Bobai, Peter Oyetunji, Blake Perry, Keegan Chastey, Felipe Arteaga, Carlson, Andres Solares, Santiago Erazo, Jake Starling, Brendan Dally. 

28’ – Blake Perry (DFC)

41’ – Felipe Arteaga (DFC)

49’ – Santiago Erazo (DFC)

61’ – Blake Perry (DFC)

87’ – Kostyantyn Domaratskyy (DFC)

90’ – Martin Grzywa (DFC)

Your Bluegreens took a road trip this Wednesday for a rematch against the Minnesota TwinStars who were looking for some payback from their last lopsided loss against them. However, that did not go as planned as Duluth started out strong and took over in the second half, winning the match 6-0. This is the 3rd time the BlueGreens have won a match by 5 more goals this season and their 2nd against the TwinStars. 

The fellas brought their A-game today as they started the match playing fast a physical. This physicality led to bountiful early takeaways and our midfielders playing through contact with the ball and creating both the time and space for an open pass. Many of these passes led to a couple of solid opportunities for the BlueGreens. However, they did have a bit of trouble finishing at the net with some shots sailing wide or high. Our defense was once again spectacular keeping the ball just out of reach of our zone. The TwinStars had alot of chances to penetrate the zone. On the contrary, our physicality and speed to the ball was unmatched and Minnesota never really got their offense settled in. 

The BlueGreens on the other hand had their offense still settling in nicely. They also resulted in a couple of corner-kicks. One of which was sent flying into a mess of players and drilled a Twinstar defender in the head. The rebound, as it seems we get so often throughout this season landed in front of Peter Oyetunji, who was able to skip it on over to a cutting Blake Perry. Blake Perry lunges a low kick that evades the keeper and puts them up 1-0. The game started to get a little more physical on both teams as fouls were starting to get called left and right. 

This wouldn’t stop the BlueGreens more good offensive possession leads to yet another corner kick which went right on top of the pile of people. A flurry of headers ended up putting in the headspace of Felipe Arteaga who heads it home for the second goal of the match. 

The Second half would liven up a little faster than the first. Duluth looked like they were on a mission to score absolutely as many as they could get. Around the 49th-minute mark, the Stars had some bad communication on defense which resulted in a steal by Felipe Arteaga in their zone and all they could do was try and slide tackle it away. Their slide tackle attempt would however lead to a free-kick for the BlueGreens. The kick was taken by Santiago Erazo who drills it right off the post and back to himself. Not the way he planned it out, but the ball bounces right back to him for the easy put-away goal and the 4th of the game for Duluth. 

That goal really put the Stars in a tough position and they were not playing more aggressively than they had all game in a desperate attempt to get back in it late. This last-minute attempt did not help them out in the slightest. In fact, it opened up more opportunities for the BlueGreens to show off some fancy footwork and passing. Both of these things would help Duluth Score their last two goals of the game. Kostyantyn Domaratskyy was able to get a quick steal, put on a quick move and bury the ball for the 5th of the game. Only three minutes later, our still aggressive defense generated a corner kick that turned into a few quick passes, and the ball ended up in the lap of Martin Grzywa. Who then sent it in right to the back of the net for the 6th and final goal of the game in the last minute of the game as well to cap off the huge win. 

Duluth’s next match will be held back at home this Saturday, June 25th against Med City FC at the Rochester Community and Technical College at 7 PM.

By: Ryan Tigner

Bluegreens Take Down Fusion

Duluth FC vs. Dakota Fusion FC

Denfeld Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN

June 18th, 2022 | Game #8 Current 2022: Records (W-L-T):

Duluth:5-0-0; 2-1-0 at home/on the road

Dakota:1-1-1; 1-2-2 at home/on the road

Starting XI: Wynand Wessels, Martin Grzywa, Peter Oyentunji, Blake Perry, Diego Valle, Kostyantyn Domaratskyy, Cian Gantley, Andres Solares, Jake Starling, Jessie Juarez, Michael Garrihy

A not-so-photo finish for the Fusion as the Bluegreens take over and win 3-1 

It was a brisk and windy day in Duluth today for the Dakota Fusion FC to come into town and take on your Duluth BlueGreens. It was also Grandma’s Marathon as well and a sweet 50 degrees all day long which the runners both in the streets and on the field could be thankful for. However, come game time it began to drizzle which turned into an all-out downpour when the half had ended, which made the field slick and blurred the vision for some on the field. The game, regardless, was intense and we got some flashy plays throughout the match. 

The Bluegreens came out with alot of energy at the beginning of the match putting pressure on absolutely anybody who even came near the ball. Jake Starling was the main perpetrator of many chase downs and forced turnovers. Grzywa and Juarez also did an excellent job holding down the back line and sending beautiful clears into our midfielder’s stride all game long. Some of this defense turnded into offense when Solares was able to lob the ball on an inbound pass that deflected off a defender who whiffed on a kick. The ball was then placed right in front of Diego Valle who faked the shot and slid it to Domaratskyy who does a smooth slide stride with a quick kick and a beautiful shot for the first goal of the game at the 6th-minute mark. 

Dakota was not looking like they came ready to play as they had a tough time maintaining possession for long enough to even create space for a good look at the goal. This was also a result of poor passing as they just could not get things clicking offensively. They also struggled through the whole half with switching with their defenders which let the BlueGreens have pretty clear lanes for easy passes back and forth. It became apparent near the end of the half they were getting a little antsy as their defense became more aggressive. This also hurt the Fusion because this restlessness led to some premature clears that looked like they were doing it for the sake of rest instead of generating a possession. 

The BlueGreens were sure to take advantage of these mistakes and our forwards tried to make the absolute most of their opportunities with the ball. Peter Oyetunji was able to control the ball around the 41st-minute mark when he delivered a strike on the net. The Goalkeeper was able to make the save but the ball ricocheted to the corner for Oyetunji to get to yet again. He then passed it over to Diego Valle who facilitated a nifty pass to Domaratskyy who knocked it home for his second of the and 5th of the season. 

The Second half started and all the players were still getting drenched as the rain continued but lightened up about 10 minutes into the half. This half was more of an ariel battle than the first. Both teams were sending the ball on long clearing passes in an attempt to get one player to break free. But not much came of this strategy for either side and the teams started to think more outside of the box to penetrate the zone. These tactics helped set up a free kick for Duluth about halfway into the second half. This kick would land smack dab in a group of people and the play turned into a scramble. The ball eventually popped out to the corner right to Jake Starling, who has all the time to chip a perfect pass right on Wynand Wessel’s foot. Wessels then, out of mid-air, launches the ball into the upper corner of the net and scores putting the home team up 3-0. 

As the game roared on each side continued to generate more opportunities but were halted by either the swarming defenders or the goalies whom both played on their heads tonight and made some spectacular saves even late into the game. This hardnose gameplay continued until extra-time in the match when the Fusion was finally able to clear one to an open man and some miscommunication by Garrihy and the defenders resulted in a shot on an open net which ends the match at 3-1.

Duluth’s next match will be held back at home next Saturday, June 22nd against Minnesota Twinstars FC at the Maple Grove Crimson Stadium at 7 PM.

By: Ryan Tigner