Home team listed first.
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.
CKS Warta continued their winning ways when they polished off FC Guadalajara 2:1 on June 24 at Hales Franciscan HS.
Despite starting the match with just eight players, Warta managed to hold off the home side until their full squad finally arrived. At that point, Luis Adame scored a stunning goal in the 20th minute.
Guadalajara made some adjustments at halftime and got their equalizer in the 61st minute on a shot from distance that beat Rodolfo Gonzalez into the top far corner.
The game turned in the 74th minute, when Adame was fouled from behind in the box, leading to a penalty kick. Jose Castellanos stepped up to spot and sent the keeper the wrong way to give Warta a lead they would never relinquish. In the aftermath of the penalty kick, two Guadalajara players were sent off, forcing them to finish the match with nine men.
Vikings AA climbed the table on Thursday night, beating up on Stare Byki FC 6:3 at Hawthorne. The match was played at a furious pace, as Vikings kept the Byki in chase mode for much of the contest.
The home side made a statement early, finding the back of the net three times in the first 11 minutes. Vikings' superior speed beat the Byki defense decisively on two of the tallies. The third came from the penalty spot.
The Byki started their comeback bid in the 19th minute, when Erik Yamane redirected a loose ball into the net following a goalmouth scramble that resulted from a well-placed corner kick.
The score went to 3:2 in the 65th minute. Byki winger Byron Perez slammed a shot off of the near post and past Vikings goalkeeper Jose Castillo.
Vikings reasserted control of the contest with a pair of goals seven minutes apart to take a 5:2 lead.
The Byki earned a penalty two minutes from the end, converted by Francesco de Felice, and Vikings wrapped up the scoring with a slick goal in stoppage time.