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Highlights - CKS Warta 6 : 1 Albania FC

CKS Warta maintained their share of first place in the Champions Division after they downed Albania FC 6:1 last Friday. Newcomer Xavier Gomez scored four times to pace Warta, who have 13 points from their six matches.


Gomez bagged all four of his goals before halftime, and Jesus “Chino” Perez added another to give Warta a commanding 5:0 advantage at the break.


Warta might have taken their foot off the gas in the second half and utilized everyone in uniform as they cruised for the win. Luis “Negro” Sandoval scored his first goal of the season to make it 6:0.


Albania FC spoiled Warta's bid for the shutout, converting a free kick situation late in the match to complete the scoring.



Highlights - CKS Warta 7 : 2 Czarny Dunajec

CKS Warta retained a share of first place in the Champions Division after manhandling Czarny Dunajec 7:2 last Friday. Following a shock defeat to Berber Stars in Week 3, Warta used their bye week to regroup and beat up on Dunajec in convincing fashion. 



Dunajec went into the lead after a defensive miscue, but Warta equalized through Juan De La Cruz shortly thereafter. Dunajec went 2:1 up after converting a power play opportunity, but Warta responded with three unanswered goals from Arturo Garza, de la Cruz, and Adrian Ortiz to take a 4:2 lead into the break.


Three second-half strikes by Warta put the result in the bag. William Butler, Luis Adame, and Giovanni Ortiz all found the back of the net, as Warta asserted their dominance. Adame and Butler are tied for second-most goals in the Champions Division, netting five apiece.


Warta currently share the top spot with Albanian Stars and Vikings AA. The logjam may get broken in Round 6, as Warta and Albanian Stars square off in a top-of-the-table clash.



Highlights - Berber Stars 4 : 2 CKS Warta A

Berber Stars notched their first win of the season last Friday, ending CKS Warta's unbeaten run to start the season with a 4:2 victory.


The Stars struck first in the early moments through Amine Airaki's power-play goal, but Warta responded a few minutes when Jonathan Pachar found an equalizer. The sides went into the break knotted at 1:1.


The Stars regained the lead shortly after the teams changed ends, catching Warta with a shorthanded strike to make it 2:1 with just 0:06 remaining on Warta's power play.



The score went to 3:1 midway through the second frame, as the Stars displayed a dangerous and potent counterattack.



William Butler's fourth goal of the season pulled Warta to within 3:2, but they would get no closer, as the Stars refused to crack under Warta's increased pressure.


The Stars wrapped up the three points with a fourth tally in the final seconds of the contest.



Highlights - CKS Warta A 8 : 2 SAC Wisla


CKS Warta A made it two in a row last Friday when they pounded SAC Wisla 8:2. Luis Adame and William Butler each scored a pair of goals to pace first-place Warta.


Adame scored in the opening minute of the contest and Abulwahab made it 2:0 to give Warta a commanding lead at the break.


Warta broke things open in the second half. Goals from Robby Gunderson, Adrian Ortiz, Jose Valladares, Adame, and Butler made it impossible for Wisla to stage a comeback. Wisla only got on the board when the score was 7:0, as Warta appeared to briefly lose focus.




Warta changed their first line to be more productive and the adjustments certainly had their effect. Nestor Garcia made his debut for Warta and contributed to the win.


Highlights - Vikings AA 1 : 6 CKS Warta A

CKS Warta A opened the new indoor season last Friday with a comprehensive 6:1 thumping of Vikings AA. Warta scored twice in the first half and then added four more after the break to breeze to victory.


Aranda opened the scoring in the early minutes and Luis Adame bagged his first just before the break.


Gunderson made it 3:0 to start the second half, and William Butler drilled a spectacular long-distance shot just under the crossbar a few minutes later.


The Vikings spoiled Warta's  bid for a shutout when they pulled to within 4:1.


Adame then bagged his second to make it 5:1, finishing off a great solo effort when he got past two defenders and the keeper, calmly placing the ball in the back of the net. Bookie Abulwahab finished off the scoring just seconds before the final whistle.


2018 Outdoor Season Wrap-Up

The National Soccer League has wrapped up its 99th season of outdoor competition and two teams earned top honors.


Longtime powerhouse RWB Adria won the regular-season title, racking up 22 points from nine matches. The race for the championship was tightly contested, with just five points separating the top five teams.


The post-season playoff tournament was won by CKS Warta, who claimed the sixth and final playoff spot. Warta knocked off Wisloka Chicago in the final. Wisloka surged to the title match after finishing the season in fifth place. The tournament results underscore the quality and parity that exists among the league's top teams.