It was a wet weekend in the Carolinas, so only two scheduled matches took place. That said, it was a pretty substantial pair of games, so we’ve got to update the power rankings!
- SC Heat, +0 from last week (no match). We’re still giving the benefit of the doubt to Heat for a while after they’ve gone on an unbeaten tear in their first five matches. There’s still work to do, of course, but the top spot is theirs to lose.
- Myrtle Beach, +1 from last week (no match). Two losses to San Lee and SC Heat are the only blemishes on the resume for Myrtle Beach, and in such a wild league where everybody is dropping points, that’s more than enough for second place.
- Queen City FC, +5 from last week (W 2-0 over Charlotte). At long last, some great play from Queen City is rewarded with a win. A slew of draws against the league’s best looked good on the field, but it needed an end product, and that’s what the Charlotte-based club got on Saturday against a high-quality opponent. There’s no such thing as an easy game on the calendar (well, except for one), but Queen City can look ahead to matches they’re capable of winning from here on out. Those draws could really come in handy if they add some wins to go along with them in the latter half of the season.
- Charlotte United, -2 from last week (L 0-2 to Queen City). United came up short at home in a big in-city derby, and it could cost them down the stretch. They’re still in the hunt for an upper-table finish, but that’s a hit to their title ambitions for sure. Thankfully for them, the rest of the league isn’t exactly clear-cut, and they won’t be made to pay too harshly for that loss if they can bounce back.
- Combine Rush, +1 from last week (W 2-1 over Charleston). That was a nice win for Combine Rush, who now have two on the bounce against good opposition. That’s the way to counteract two straight losses to good opponents, and as a result, they’re well and truly back in the chase for a top two spot.
- San Lee FC, -1 from last week (no match). We still don’t know exactly what to make of San Lee, but the door is open for them to make some moves and beat some quality opposition in the next few weeks. Their destiny is very much in their hands at the moment, despite how far back they sit.
- Charleston United, -3 from last week (L 1-2 to Combine Rush). What the heck is happening with the mainstays of this division? Charleston have suffered from everybody-in-this-league-is-deceptively-good syndrome, as they’ve played well all year but just not been able to grind out results like they did in the fall. They’ve still got to face some top teams like SC Heat and Charlotte, so they could be in for a poor finish for their standards unless they really raise their game right now.
- Moros FC, -1 from last week (no match). It’s not exactly time to panic in Raleigh, but at the same time, this is nowhere near what Moros expected from this season. They were scheduled to have a chance to right their wrongs in a big way at SC Heat, but that match was one of many canceled for weather. They’ve still got abounding opportunities to right the ship, but dropped points are the standard for a typically mighty Moros side this year.
- Soda City FC, +0 from last week (no match). It’s still a bleak outlook for the defending champions right now. They’ve got lots of work to do in the second half of the season, and the reality is that although the front end of the schedule was hard for the boys in sky blue, this upcoming slate isn’t really any easier. They’ve got to raise their level in a division where every club feels they’re just a few matches away from a big boost in the table.
- Lobos FC, +0 from last week (no match). An off week is a good week for Lobos this season.
- SC Heat – 13 pts, +11 GD. Form: WWWWD
- Combine Rush – 10 pts, +3 GD. Form: DLLWW
- Myrtle Beach FC – 9 pts, +4 GD. Form: LLWWW
- Charlotte United – 9 pts, +3 GD. Form: LWWWL
- Charleston United – 8 pts, +1 GD. Form: DDLWL
- San Lee FC – 7 pts, +3 GD. Form: -WDLW
- Queen City FC – 7 pts, -1 GD. Form: DDDDW
- Moros FC – 5 pts, -2 GD. Form: -DWDL
- Soda City FC – 1 pt, -4 GD. Form: LDLLL
- Lobos FC – 0 pts, -18 GD. Form: -LLLL
We’re still working on figuring out a couple of things that have big implications in this division. The first is whether or not Soda City’s protest of a 2-1 loss to SC Heat a few weeks back was successful or not. Since neither club has put anything out other than the 2-1 victory on the field for Heat, we’re sticking with that for now, but the UPSL website currently says otherwise. That result could have a big impact down the stretch, obviously.
The other thing we’re looking to find out is how exactly the Mid-Atlantic champion is determined. We don’t know if there are playoffs and how many teams are in that playoff if one exists.
All that to say, there are a lot of questions and little clarity, but such is the way of fun and evenly matched divisions. Here’s what to expect this weekend as things figure to get even crazier.
next week’s matches
8) Moros v 4) Charlotte
5) Combine v 10) Lobos
7) Charleston v 1) SC Heat
2) Myrtle Beach v 9) Soda City
3) Queen City v 6) San Lee
These could really go either way across the board; I’d hate to be betting on them! They’ll be fun to watch, though, and I hope they’ve been to read about up until now.
Stay weird and support local soccer!