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PDL Playoffs Roundup: Foothills, Bucks, Sockers Win Conferences

07/24/2016, 12:45am EDT
By AARON CRANFORD - aaron.cranford@uslsoccer.com

Western, Central and Southern Conference Championships were won on Saturday


Photo by Calgary Foothills FC

Three teams earned a ticket to the PDL Semifinals on Saturday.

The Michigan Bucks, Midland/Odessa Sockers FC and Calgary Foothills FC won their respective Conference Championship finals to progress in the PDL Playoffs. The Bucks defeated the Des Moines Menace in the Central Conference Championship, Sockers FC moved on after topping the OKC Energy U23 in a penalty-kick shootout and Foothills FC took down Tucson at Kino North Stadium.

Reading United AC will host the Ocean City Nor’easters in the Eastern Conference Championship final at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Central Conference Championship

Michigan Bucks 2, Des Moines Menace 0: The Bucks reach the PDL Semifinals for the second time in three years. Russell Cicerone, a PDL Top Prospect and the 2015 MAC Player of the Year, scored both of the Bucks’ goals in the second half to secure the result at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, Michigan.

Southern Conference Championship

OKC Energy U23 0 (1), Midland/Odessa Sockers FC 0 (2): The Mid South Division foes met for a fourth time this season, and Sockers FC was the one celebrating on the field by game’s end. Neither side found a breakthrough in 120 minutes of action, so penalties decided who moved on in the PDL playoffs. Russ Klabough made four saves in the shootout to lead the Texas-based club to a spot in the PDL Semifinals.

Western Conference Championship

FC Tucson 1, Calgary Foothills FC 2: Foothills FC progresses to the PDL Semifinals for the first time in club history. Dominic Russo’s clinical finish just before halftime gave the Canadian club a boost. However, Tucson controlled possession after the break and finally found the equalizer in the 65th minute, thanks to Kyle Adams. Foothills FC had the last laugh, though, as Dominick Zator scored from a volley in the 79th minute.

Eastern Conference Championship

Charlotte Eagles 0, Ocean City Nor’easters 1: Chevaughn Walsh, ranked second in the latest 2016 PDL Top Prospects list, scored the game’s only goal in the first half. The Eagles, who received a bye past the play-in round after leading the Eastern Conference in points, were unable to mount a comeback in the second half.

Reading United AC 2, Carolina Dynamo 1: The Dynamo took the early lead, but the Mid Atlantic Division winner fought back and progressed to the Eastern Conference Championship final on Sunday. Tah Anunga scored the first goal of the game, and the Dynamo held the 1-0 lead through halftime. However, Pierre Reedy scored the equalizer moments after the break, and Gilbert Waso netted the winner.


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