It was first versus second in the South: New Jersey-based Hoboken FC 1912 versus Polish outfit Polonia Gwardia New York.
Polonia Gwardia lost 3-1 against Hoboken FC at Randall’s Island this past Sunday and proved to be a pivotal win towards going into the D2 Championship playoff matches positively. Two teams who are best suited to today’s standard of D1 football in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, it’s was always gonna be tough to edge out a winner in this match.
Hoboken now go into the playoffs with a final league position of 39 points - 12 wins, 3 ties and a single loss having scored the most goals all season in the Division with a jaw-dropping 73 scored. Defensively, they also were solid and only allowed 20 goals all season. 3 of Hoboken’s top scorers rank among the best in the South in the shape of Jeremy Witherspoon, Tom Hogue and Cory Chaplin with 11, 15 and 17 goals respectfully.
Polonia Gwardia, on the other hand, have boasted the league’s best defense and surprisingly do not crack the top 3 high-scoring teams this season in the process. They have only allowed 17 goals in 16 matches with a final league record of 12 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.
Hoboken is set to face the D2 Northern leaders FC Spring Valley in the Cosmo League 2nd Division Championship final on June 3rd.
Polonia Gwardia NY will also play on the 3rd of June for the other possible promotion spot against the current Northern 2nd placed team which is KidSuper Samba AC.
The winner of the 2nd Division Championship gets promoted to Division 1 next season. The loser will have one more chance at promotion as they’ll play against the winner between Polonia Gwardia and KidSuper Samba on June 10th.