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Duluth Sweep Med City with Dominant Away Performance

Duluth FC vs. Med City

Rochester Regional Sports Center | Rochester, MN

June 19th, 2021 | Game #7

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):

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

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

Starting XI: Brendan Dally, Jake Starling, Scott Wilson, Martin Grzywa, Liam Condone, Jacob Daffern, Dylan Sumner, Caleb Tammi, James Westfield, Eric Watson, Sidney Warden

Substitutions: Keegan Chastey for Dylan Sumner, Gabriel Campora for Eric Watson, Aidan Hill for Caleb Tammi

Goals:

24’: Sidney Warden (DFC)

30’: Sidney Warden (DFC)

43’: Eric Watson (DFC)

53’: Toby Millward (MED)

80’: James Westfield (DFC)

Duluth traveled to Rochester, Minnesota on the 19th to face Med City just three days after beating the club 2-1 at Duluth’s Public Schools Stadium through goals from James Westfield and Gabriel Campora.

With Med City just three points ahead of Duluth, the match provided the BlueGreens with a big opportunity to tie up with Med City for second place in the NPSL, the last place on the table that qualifies for the playoffs at the end of the regular season. It would prove a night to remember for Duluth, both for its immediate entertainment and potential meaning for the rest of the 2021 season.

Sidney Warden did what Sidney Warden does as he completed a first half brace with goals in the 24th and 30th minutes, with the first goal coming from open play via a through ball played into space on the right side of the 18 yard box and the second a well-earned penalty kick. Warden now has 10 goals, leading the NPSL North in that metric. The University of Wisconsin Superior’s own Eric Watson would score his first ever BlueGreen goal later in the 43rd minute, a wonderful arching shot from the edge of the box, to make it 3-0 with half time approaching.

Med City would do their best to answer the heavy Duluth lead as the second half started and would come close just under ten minutes in. A wonderful volley following a blocked free kick attempt would give Med City some hope in the 53rd minute via Toby Millward, but Duluth would dig in and survive until the 80th minute when James Westfield dribbled past the Med City back line and put in his 3rd of the season to end the scoring.

Man of the Match honors would be awarded to Jacob Daffern by Head Coach Sean Morgan. While Daffern may not have featured on the scoresheet, his effectiveness in the midfield proved vital for a Duluth side that looked to build out of the back and move the ball with intelligence across every inch of the pitch.

Sidney Warden’s reaching of the ten goal mark now means the English striker has scored more goals for Duluth FC than any player did in all competitions in 2019 and leaves the newcomer prime for a historic season with the club, while James Westfield has now tied Joe Watt for the second all time scorer in Duluth FC history, with his goal tonight getting him to the eleven goal mark. The two Englishmen have been truly dangerous in the final third for Duluth this season, aided by contributions from fellow forwards, midfielders, and defenders. Duluth now has nine goalscorers this season in total with several matches remaining.

The ending result of 4-1 would make the week a hugely successful one for Duluth, who secured three wins across seven days. The win leaves Duluth tied with Med City at 15 points in second place and opens up the race for the NPSL playoff spots in the north conference. They play Joy Athletic next, on the road, on June 26th.

Duluth Revisit Med City in Immediate Rematch

Duluth FC vs. Med City
Rochester Regional Sports Center | Rochester, MN
June 19th, 2021 | Game #7

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 3-0-0; 1-2-0 at home/on the road
Med City: 3-0-0; 2-2-0 at home/on the road

Duluth will travel to Rochester, Minnesota on the 19th to face Med City just three days after
beating the club 2-1 at Duluth’s Public Schools Stadium through goals from James Westfield and
Gabriel Campora.

The match will provide a major opportunity for the BlueGreens to retake control of their season
after an up and down start, as a second win over Med City would put the two clubs even on
points, tied for second place in the NPSL North. With the NPSL’s current playoff system handing
spots to the top two clubs from the conference, a result on Saturday could prove a real decider
for both Duluth FC and Med City. A win would also give Duluth it’s third straight win after
trading between wins and losses for their first four matches.

Gabriel Campora’s debut goal for the BlueGreens on Wednesday gave Duluth its eighth goal
scorer of the season, with a combined count of sixteen goals from six matches. While Duluth’s
current half way mark of goals is a bit behind the mark from the previous season, when a total of
38 were scored in the regular season, Sidney Warden has managed to already tie the two top
goalscorers from 2019 with plenty of others joining the race.

James Westfield, meanwhile, marked his tenth all time goal for Duluth on Wednesday, making
him the club’s third top all time scorer, one goal behind Joe Watt and nine behind Kyle Farrar.
Both forwards have hit the ground running this season and can be expected to continue their
explosive run this weekend.

Kick off is currently set for 6:45 pm. Duluth will then take a week break before playing Joy
Athletic on the road on June 26th.

Duluth Secure Late Win over Med City

Duluth FC vs. Med City
Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN
June 16th, 2021 | Game #6

Current 2021 Records (W-L-T):
Duluth: 3-0-0; 1-2-0 at home/on the road
Med City: 3-0-0; 2-2-0 at home/on the road

Starting XI: Brendan Dally, Jake Starling, Scott Wilson, Martin Grzywa, Liam Condone, Jacob
Daffern, Dylan Sumner, Keegan Chastey, Caleb Tammi, James Westfield, Sidney Warden

Substitutions: Eric Watson for Keegan Chastey, Gabriel Campora for Jacob Daffern, Alex Pike
for Liam Condone, Danny Torres for Sidney Warden

Goals:
9’ – Tyler Oliver (MED)
29’ – James Westfield (DFC)
80’ – Gabriel Campora (DFC)
Duluth FC looked to follow up their convincing 4-0 win over Dakota Fusion on the 12th with a
third home win for 2021 as they welcomed Med City to Duluth on June 16th for the two clubs’
first match up of the year. Med City entered the match in second but with more matches played
than Duluth thus far.
The first half would start with intensity as two of the North’s best sides faced off. Both teams
managed to create early chances, but it would be the visitors who found the back of the net first
as Tyler Oliver opened the scoring for Med City in the 9th minute. The experienced NPSL
forward, previous playing for Minneapolis City, split the Duluth defense before slotting in his
goal.
Duluth still had something to say, however, as James Westfield scored his second of the season to
equalize for Duluth in the 29th minute after a well played through ball followed by a run into the
box from Westfield. It would remain 1-1 going into half time.
The second half would hold several chances for both sides, but the third and final goal wouldn’t
come until the 80th minute when substitute Gabriel Campora scored on his club debut with a
powerful strike. Both before and after the goal, Campora impressed playing alongside the likes

of Sidney Warden, James Westfield, and Eric Watson, coming close to adding another goal or
assist throughout his brief minutes on the pitch.
Duluth would hold on to their newfound lead for the remainder of the match despite a fast paced
remaining ten minutes, which saw both sides have to defend to the bitter end to prevent a fourth
goal. Brendan Dally would have to come up big for Duluth throughout the night, and while the
keeper didn’t add another clean sheet to his collection, he did oversee his third win with the club
and a vital one at that.
Duluth are now at twelve points this season from six matches. With another match against Med
City, who have fifteen points from six matches, this weekend, Duluth could be tied for second
place in the NPSL North by Sunday the 20th. The current standings also leave Duluth two points
ahead of Joy Athletic, who had previously spent several weeks in third place. Joy have ten points
from seven matches. Minneapolis City, meanwhile, have 21 points from seven matches.
Goalscorer Gabriel Campora would be named Man of the Match by Head Coach Sean Morgan
following a perfect substitute performance and a historic debut which helped leave Duluth
undefeated at home.
The match also included a second start for forward Keegan Chastey, in addition to a start for
Scott Wilson and a strong second half from Eric Watson, who are all ensuring that Duluth
develop a strong, locally-sourced spine for the 2021 season.
The win gives Duluth 12 points so far this year, with an away trip to Med City awaiting this
weekend. Duluth will then play Joy Athletic on June 26th before facing Minneapolis City at
home on June 30th.