NPSL

Jesters U-19 defeat Port City FC U-19 1-0

Credit: James Cage

New Orleans, LA. The New Orleans Jesters U-19 handed Port City FC U-19 their first defeat of the season Sunday afternoon at Pan-American Stadium. Forward Matthew Vallejo came off the bench to score a late winner and decide a closely fought contest.

Coach Igor Siskov brought Vallejo on with just over twenty minutes to play and he made an immediate impact latching on to a cross from midfielder Elijah Woodward and heading home past the Port City goalkeeper Kevin Ori.  It was Vallejo’s second goal of the season.

The win is New Orleans’ second straight and lifts the Jesters up into second place in the NPSL U-19 pilot standings just one point behind Port City FC.

The goal came almost immediately after Port City’s best chance of the match after forward William Hernandez-Sexton was slipped through on goal.  Hernandez-Sexton got to the pass first but Jesters goalkeeper Jourdan Schumacher made a good blocking save.

Port City finished the game with ten men after midfielder Retsin Kabambala was ejected after receiving a second yellow card for a challenge on Sammy Nichols.

The NPSL U-19 pilot is a program managed by the NPSL, affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). The participating teams include AFC Mobile, New Orleans Jesters, Pensacola FC, and Port City FC.

The pilot runs from September through November 2020. Each team will play a total of six games, three home and three away. Gameday rosters include U-17, U-18, and U-19 players along with up to three overage players.

The Jesters head to Mobile, AL next Saturday for a match versus AFC Mobile U-19, kick off is set for 4 PM.