July 3, 2016 IN THE PLAYOFFS Boston City FC clnches spot in first season
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Striker Darlan Rocha provided the game-winning goal as Boston City FC clinched a place in the NPSL playoffs with a 1-0 win over the Rhode Island Reds at Brown University’s Berylson Family Fields Sunday.
BCFC (9-3-2, 29 points), second place in the Northeast Atlantic Conference, has a seven-point advantage over Rhode Island (7-6-1, 22 points) with two regular-season games remaining. The top two teams, the first-place New York Cosmos B and BCFC, advance to the playoffs.
Rocha, whose late goal sealed a 3-2 win over the Reds last week, headed home a Michael Bustamante cross in the 58th minute after the match had been delayed for about 15 minutes after a flare was thrown onto the field by home fans.
Boston City, which won its fifth successive game and extended its unbeaten streak to eight games, threatened in the first half on shots by Homero Morais and Samuel Batista. Rhode Island’s Nana Addai, the conference’s leading scorer, was mostly kept in check, providing threats as a playmaker in the second half.
BCFC goalkeeper Victor Scariot made a spectacular save, knocking a Cory Cordeiro header off the goalline late in the match. In the final minutes, the Reds’ Brajan Huyke was red-carded.
Boston City played without injured defender Gabriel De Souza, who had played every minute of the season, captain Ronaldo Vieira moving into central defense alongside Marcelo Cunha.