In front of a crowd of approximately 1000 spectators, second-year Greater Binghamton FC’s dreams of an NPSL National Championship came to an end as they were defeated 1-0 by FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic. The Sonic, defending 2012 NPSL National Champions, had been beaten twice this season by GBFC. This third match went in the Sonic favor, however, and now they are on their way to defend their championship title at next weekend’s NPSL National Semifinal match. This is Sonic’s third trip in four years to the NPSL National Semifinals.
The first half ended in a scoreless tie with both teams unable to capitalize on some good scoring opportunities. The only goal of the game was scored in the 57th minute by Sonic’s Lance Dotzman on a shot 12 yards out directly in front of the GBFC goal on a centering pass from Matt Baker.
GBFC finished the season with a 10-2-2 record, winning the NPSL Keystone Division title. Sonic (11-3) won their third Northeast Conference title in four years.
Sonic will depart for California to take on the Sonoma County Sol with the semifinal to be played on Saturday, July 27th.
The other semi-final, also on July 27th, will have RVA FC play host to the Erie Admirals.
Photo Credit: FC LVU Sonic