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Illinois State Cup - Warta and Gazelle reach final

CKS Warta and Gazelle SC ensured an all-NSL final in the Illinois Stare Cup with stunning performances in their semifinal matches.


On July 11, Gazelle defeated an opponent from the UPSL for a second time in the competition, when they dispatched Aurora Borealis 2:0.


Warta took on fellow NSL lodge brother RWB Adria the next night and the sides battled to a 1:1 stalemate after 90 minutes. Warta fought back to earn a late equalizer after having fallen behind early. The match went directly to a penalty shootout, where Warta prevailed.


Warta and Gazelle will meet for Illinois supremacy on Saturday, July 21, at Wheeling HS. Kickoff is at 7.00 PM.


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Highlights - Stare Byki FC 6 : 6 Wisloka Chicago

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. 



Highlights - FC Guadalajara 1 : 2 CKS Warta

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. 

Highlights - Vikings AA 6 : 3 Stare Byki FC

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.


Highlights - CKS Warta 9 : 3 Dundalk FC

CKS Warta got into the win column on Thursday with a comprehensive 9:3 victory over Dundalk FC at Hawthorne Sports Complex. Warta ran out to a 4:0 lead in the first half and the teams racked up eight goals in aggregate after the break.


Warta wasted no time getting into a scoring groove, when Trache Lostovski found the back of the net in the fourth minute with a shot from distance. 


Juan de La Cruz made it 2:0 in the 20th minute and Wilmer Moreno finished off a great cross from Luis Adame a minute later for a 3:0 lead.


Edgar Pacheco scored a cheeky goal in the 30th minute, the culmination of a slick passing sequence through the visitors' defense to make it 4:0.


Dundalk got on the board in the 48th minute, but Paco Gonzalez responded in the 53rd minute to make it 5:1.


Dundalk pulled back another in the 57th minute, and Adrian Ortiz restored the four-goal advantage just after the hour mark. The score went to 6:3 in the 68th minute, as Dundalk continued to battle.


But Warta revved their engine, bagging three more to complete the rout: Ortiz (73rd minute), de la Cruz (84th), and Gonzalez (87th).

Highlights - SAC Wisla 5 : 1 AAC Winged Bull

SAC Wisla broke open a game level at halftime with four second-half goals to beat AAC Winged Bull at River Road on Sunday. Konrad Malinowski and Artur Giedroic led the goal parade for Wisla, bagging two apiece.


Wisla needed 31 minutes to break the ice in a contest that saw lots of two-way action to that point. Alex Lulek finished off a ball from the wing. Wisla thought they had gone 2:0 up four minutes later, but the goal was nullified by offside.


Winged Bull equalized in the 36th minute, but the floodgates opened for Wisla just ten minutes after the break, when Malinowski recorded his first tally. Malinowski made it 3:0 in the 60th minute.


Giedroic notched both of his goals six minutes apart in the late stages, sealing victory for Wisla.