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Puerto Rico Islanders Open Season With a Victory

The Puerto Rico Islanders, the last team in USSF D2 to start its regular season, showed no ill effects from the delay, as they defeated the NSC Minnesota Stars at home, 3-1, on Wednesday.

The Islanders, based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Englishman Dave Foley scored on a half volley from a cross by Jamaican international Nick Adderly.  After that 13th minute goal, the Islanders added another four minutes later, this time Adderly putting the ball behind Minnesota keeper Joe Warren, subbing for injured Louis Crayton between the goalposts.  The early lead was insurmountable for Minnesota, as Puerto Rico goalkeeper Bill Gaudette had a strong game.  Shortyly after the halftime restart, Islander’s midfielder Sandy Gbandi gave Coach Colin Clarke’s club a 3-0 lead on a 10 yard shot that skipped on the wet field and slid under Warren.  The Stars did pull back a consolation goal, when 80th minute sub Neil Hlavaty scored five minutes after his season debut.  Hlavaty was forced to miss the Stars first two games due to complications regarding his transfer from his former club in Poland.

The game marked the end of NSC Minnesota’s three game road trip to start the season.  Coach Manny Lagos’ squad picked up 3 points out of a possible 9 on the road.  They open their home season this Saturday against FC Tampa Bay Rowdies.  The Puerto Rico Islanders travel to Crystal Palace Baltimore, also for a Saturday game.

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