Duluth Comes Up Short and Draw with Conference Leaders Med City

Duluth FC vs. Med City FC

Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN

June 29th, 2022 | Game #13 Current 2022: Records (W-L-T):

Duluth: 6-0-0; 4-2-0 at home/on the road

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

Starting XI: Martin Gryzywa, Sam Thornton, Blake Perry, Keegan Chastey, Domaratskyy, Cian Gantley, Rory Carlson, Andres Solares, Jake Starling, Jessie Juarez, Brendan Dally. 

Goals:

14’ Andres Garcia (MCFC)

59’ – Blake Perry (DFC)

The BlueGreens were happy to host the Mayhem of Med City for a rematch and a last-chance effort to move up in the standings. The fellas brought all the energy on a beautiful Duluth night, it began intensely and never let up through the entire duration of the match. Unfortunately, the BlueGreens were unable to finish the job to move ahead of Med-City tonight as the game ends in a 1-1 draw. There is still however a chance if Med-City loses next week with a BlueGreen victory, that they could still steal first place. However, it’s not as important as locking in the playoff spot which has been secured for a while now. 

The match started as expected with tons of energy spilling out of both squads, each knew what was on the line and what it would take to outmaneuver the other. You could tell that having fresh legs was crucial as plenty of substitutions were made throughout the match even starting to relieve players in the first half. Both squads were also playing very aggressively as whistles were called constantly, and cards were flying about as teams were ready to do anything to gain possession. Defenses were rock solid throughout the match so many of the penalties were a result of frustration built up by close chances and missed opportunities. 

Med City’s defense was like a machine mostly all game, making very few mistakes and communication was well-traveled between teammates. This made penetrating the zone a challenge and getting a good look improbable. This stout defense also helped generate some offense when Matthew Roberts of the Mayhem had a slick interception that turned into a nice pass to Andres Garcia. Their leading goal scorer would take the lob pass, drive past two Duluth defenders, and a low strike beats Dally to put Med City up 1-0. Garcia would also be a little shaken up on the play and had to leave the match entirely after the goal. 

Duluth would be able to ramp up their offense a bit getting some nice takeaways and breakaways. The breakaways were however diverted by multiple accounts of miscommunication and rough defense pressure by the Mayhem. In the second half of the match, we really started clicking offensively and it felt eerily similar to the last match. It just seemed that we would begin to get good looks on the net but the shot would either go a bit wide a bit high or the keep would make a fantastic save. This would only build on the frustration of the BlueGreens and we would start receiving our fair share of cards as well. We start to finally have a sense of urgency midway through the second half and we get our best look so far of the night when Gantley chips the ball over the head of the defender. It would heaf straight for Felipe Arteaga who heads it right off the crossbar and almost gets their first of the game. 

Not but a minute later, Starling and Arteaga got the offense going with a couple of nice moves and passes back and forth. Arteaga was able to leak the ball out to Blake Perry who makes a little move to the left of the defender and sends in a screeching shot to tie the game at 1-1 in the 59th-minute of the game. The rest of the match was played out with plenty of intensity and even two late chances spearheaded by the always energetic Perry. It would not be enough though and the game ends in a draw. This would keep Duluth still one point behind the Mayhem with one game left in the regular season. 

Duluth’s next match will be held back at home next Friday, July 15th against Sioux Falls FC at the Public Schools Stadium at 7 PM.

By: Ryan Tigner

The BlueGreens host Med City in a grudge match for the NPSL North

Duluth FC vs. Med City FC

Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN

June 29th, 2022 | Game #13 Current 2022: Records (W-L-T):

Duluth: 6-0-0; 4-2-0 at home/on the road

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

The BlueGreens host Med City in a grudge match for the NPSL North

Med City will be coming to town this Saturday and the energy is building up for this highly anticipated rematch between these two squads. The claim for the top spot for the NPSL North is currently up for grabs and these are the only two clubs that could grasp it with a win here. The last matchup resulted in a thrilling 2-1 victory for the BluGreens. The game was in gridlock until the last 5 minutes of the match when a Sam Thornton goal put them ahead and they were able to hold on for the much-needed victory. Since that matchup, Med City went on to put up eight goals against the Minnesota TwinStars while only allowing one in on their end. Dion Dozzell ended up with two goals in the last match while the other goals were spread around through the club. It seems pretty clear that they were maybe a little ticked off because of the loss at home and they took their frustration out on the TwinStars. 

There is alot going on and alot on the line in this match so expect alot of intensity and alot of aggressive play. The teams were just feeling each other out last game as well so we may see a whole bunch of subs this game as coaches try to out-gameplan each other. Although it will be aggressive both teams are stout defensively so a low-scoring, grind-it-out battle can be presumed. Either way, it will be a fun one and in some glorious 68-degree weather that will feel good regardless if you’re a player or a fan.

Kick-off is expected at 7:00 pm, June 29th. The stream for the match will be available on This Link.

By: Ryan Tigner

A Beautiful Night For a Bluegreens Win

Duluth FC vs. LaCrosse Aris FC

Public Schools Stadium | Duluth, MN

June 29th, 2022 | Game #12 Current 2022: Records (W-L-T):

Duluth: 6-0-0; 4-2-0 at home/on the road

LC Aris: 2-2-0; 1-7-0 at home/on the road

Starting XI: Martin Grzywa, Sam Thornton, Blake Perry, Felipe Oliveira, Felipe Arteaga, Kostyantyn Domaratskyy, Cian Gantley, Andres Solares, Jake Starling, Jessie Juarez, Michael Garrihy. 

Goals:

43’ – Felipe Oliveira (DFC) 

45’ – Felipe Arteaga (DFC)

66’ – Sam Thornton (DFC)

88’ – Paul Bobai (DFC)

It was a beautiful and brisk day up in Duluth today and it was terrific weather for hosting LaCrosse Aris FC who allowed us to have the home game. This was agreed upon after the original home game in Duluth was forfeited on account of some transportation issues. However, they were able to make the trek today and they came to play physically. Thankfully so did the BlueGreens, after their unexpected loss last Wednesday the fellas were more than motivated to come out on their home turf tonight and take it to them. Which is exactly what they did, scoring two in the first half and two in the second making it a onesided 4-0 win. The score could’ve been alot worse than that have not some of the guys’ shots gone wide. Nevertheless, a victory and the chance to take down Med City are now in their sights. 

The game started out as most do with tons of energy. The BlueGreens wasted no time at all getting the ball down the field and attempting the first strike on the net. This would be accompanied by many others in the first 15 minutes of the game. Our defense was the backbone of this offense with the solid core of Starling, Grzywa, and Gantley. They were able to maintain the back line and not let any defenders get behind them. They also went on to attack at the midfield and got plenty of steals there as well. A very solid game plan executed to near perfection left the ball out of our net, and for the most part, our side of the field. As we kept attacking LC Aris was also able to sneak in a few chances and halfway decent looks at the net but nothing close to what we were getting consistently. These chances were mostly spoiled by high and shaky shots but a couple of missed passes really hurt us as well. 

The continuous barrage by Duluth finally pays off in the 43rd minute of the game when an interception by the defense turns into a nifty pass that splits three defenders. The pass would spring open Felipe Oliveira who gets a good angle and bangs it home for the first goal of the game. The BlueGreens were feeling it and didn’t want to stop there before the half. They were able to get the ball back right away and into Sam Thornton’s hands, metaphorically speaking, he then dished it off to a cutting Blake Perry. Perry would lose his footing a little but his awareness was still sharp. He was able to flick the ball out to a helping Felipe Arteaga who finishes it off, putting them up at half 2-0. 

LC Aris would start out the second half more assertive as they would make the first strike on the net of the half and seemed like they were going to keep it up. As the half went on their energy would keep up, however, their offensive possession would not. Duluth’s defense simply would not break which would lead to outlet passes and a solid idea or chance at the net. They would get it back and try to get it up the field only to be stopped yet again, then repeat. Alot of their energy also resulted in some cheap fouls and a couple of yellow cards which did them no favor. Duluth, the same as the first half, was doing almost everything right other than finishing off the play near the net. 

Sam Thornton was one player who had so many chances to bury one in net thorough the game, at some point you could have sworn he scored at least two of them. He is, however, finally able to bury one off a great clear and pass by Blake Perry but also great timing and spacial awareness by himself. LC Aris was able to get a few chances down the stretch and almost got one on the board. But it was BlueGreens, off an incredible Cian Gantley clear right to Rory Carlson who slides it across to Paul Bobai to finish it off and put Duluth up 4-0 in the 88th-minute mark. 

Duluth’s next match will be held back at home this Saturday, July 9th against Med City FC at the Public Schools Stadium at 7 PM.

By: Ryan Tigner