Home team listed first.
RWB Adria continued their strong form on Sunday, downing Stare Byki FC 4:2 at Oak Brook Sports Core. Adria's superior speed and pinpoint finishing were the distinguishing factors in a hard-fought match. Adria now have 13 points from six games.
Adria controlled much of the possession in the early going and broke out on top in the 23rd minute, when a long ball over the top left their striker to slot past Byki keeper Ray Najera.
The Byki bounced back eight minutes later. Alan Stevens launched a long throw-in into the Adria penalty area and Phil Parker's header floated just inside the near post to level the affair at 1:1.
Adria scored two goals just before halftime to assert their dominance. On both occasions, they beat the Byki for speed with ruthless counterattacking.
The Byki increased their effort to start the second half and got their reward in the 47th minute. High pressure on an Adria defender trying to play out of the back led to a turnover and Arinze Okafor sprinted alone to the Adria goal. Okafor collided with the goalie, but somehow poked the ball into the open net to cut Adria's lead to 3:2.
Adria made it 4:2 in the 75th minute, beating the Byki on the counter yet again.
CKS Warta moved into the top six in the NSL table on Friday, when they dispatched Wisloka Chicago 5:2 at Redmond Sports Complex. Daniel Damian paced Warta with a hat trick. Wisloka, who previously held the top spot in the league, had already been displaced on Thursday, following Vikings' 13:0 rout of Dundalk FC.
Warta wasted no time, opening the scoring through Damian on 14 minutes. He beat Wisloka's offside trap and slotted the ball under the diving goalkeeper to give Warta their lead.
Two goals, just moments apart, put Warta in the driver's seat. Jose Castellanos made it 2:0 in the 25th minute and Damian upped the lead to 3:0 one minute later.
Warta remained dangerous to start the second half, as Damian struck again in the 54th minute to complete his treble.
Wisloka pulled one back at the hour mark, as Warta's defense fell asleep and goalkeeper Rodolfo Gonzalez was unable to react quickly to the shot.
Damian hit the post in the 69th minute, but Wisloka cut the lead to 4:2 three minutes later.
Warta put the result to bed two minutes from the end through Will Butler.
SAC Wisla tightened the race for the NSL title on Sunday when they defeated Wisloka Chicago 3:1 at Robinson Homestead, River Rd. Dawid Wisniewski paced Wisla with a pair of goals.
Wisolka, who had moved to the top of the table three days earlier with a 5:3 victory over Vikings AA, struck first on Sunday through Roberto Avila in the third minute,
The unexpected strike served as a wake-up call for Wisla, who gradually took control of the tempo. Wisniewski leveled the affair in the 35th minute and teammate Alex Lulek put the home side in the lead just before the break.
The task became more difficult for Wisloka when they had a man sent off in the second half. Wisla kept up the pressure and Wisniewski sealed the deal just after the hour mark to make it 3:1. The two-goal performance capped off Wisniewski's big weekend; he got married on Friday.
The top four teams are now just separated by three points and a tight race for the championship make every game count going forward.
SAC Wisla made it three wins in four matches with a comprehensive 3:0 victory over Stare Byki FC at River Rd Robinson Homestead on Sunday. Wisla controlled the middle third of the field with smart ball movement and an economical passing style.
Wisla needed just three minutes to break into the lead. Marcin Modzelweski’s swerving free kick from the right side dropped neatly inside the 6-yard box and bounced into the goal past a flat-footed Byki defense.
The home side made it 2:0 in the 35th minute, when Dymtrii Kvas finished off a counterattack with a well-placed shot from the right side of the box that found the inside of the far post.
The Byki gamely tried to get back into the contest in the second half by increasing their tempo. Although they held Wisla at bay, the Byki were unable to put much pressure on Wisla’s goal.
The clincher came five minutes from the end. Wisla played a free kick near the penalty area to the top of the arc, where David Wisniewski drilled a low shot first-time through a crowd, giving Byki goalkeeper Aaron Menyes no chance.
CKS Warta won the Illinois State Cup on Saturday when they defeated longtime NSL adversary Gazelle SC 3:1 at Wheeling HS.
Daniel Damian bagged a hat trick to lead the way, as Warta lifted the trophy for the first time in club history. Damian broke a scoreless deadlock early in the second half and Warta made that lead stand up as normal time was running out. Damian made it 2:0 at 92+ minutes. Gazelle made things interesting when they drew to within 2:1 moments later, but Damian locked up the title with his third goal, coming deep in stoppage time.
The State Cup championship trophy brings special meaning to Warta, as it is named after Chicago soccer legend Tony Dallas, who coached Warta for many years.
Stare Byki FC and Wisloka Chicago battled to an incredible 6:6 draw on June 24. The match went back and forth for the entire 90 minutes in an emotional atmosphere at Oak Brook.
The Byki ran out to a 2:0 lead after just 11 minutes with goals from Francesco de Felice and Mark Zeman.
Unfazed by the early outburst, Wisloka stormed back to level things at 2:2, scoring in the 16th and 25th minutes.
Zeman and de Felice replied for the Byki, who thought that a 4:2 lead at the break might be safe.
Wisloka had other ideas, however, and pulled to within 4:3 in the 51st minute, when a deflected shot found the back of the net.
The score went to 5:3 just five minutes later, as the Byki came fast on the counter. De Felice set up Byron Perez for a simple tap-in.
The pot boiled over at the hour mark, following a hard tackle by a Wisloka player. After the dust had settled, the referee sent off two Wisloka players and one from the Byki.
The Byki upped their lead to 6:3 in the 67th minute, when de Felice hit a long bomb into an empty Wisloka goal.
That should have been enough to wrap up the three points for the Byki, but Wisloka kept plugging away. They made it 6:4 at 73 minutes when they caught the Byki napping on a free kick. Two goals in the final three minutes made Wilsoka's dream comeback a reality.