The Crystal Palace FC went into last night’s semi final game against the Charlotte Eagles hoping to fair better then their previous meeting; which was an embarassing lost.
Crystal Palace left everything on the field against the Charlotte Eagles but came up short in the end losing 2-1. The Crystal Palace side opened the scoring in the 5th minute when Val Teixeira assisted on a goal by Shintaro Harada off of a free kick just outside of the box.
Both sides had several scoring chances throughout the 1st half, but the score remained 1-0 for Crystal Palace.
The Charlotte Eagles finally broke through the Crystal Palace defense in the 48th minute when Jorge Herrara score Charlotte’s 1st goal on a penalty kick. Just minutes later, in the 51st minute Charlotte again found the goal when USL2 league leader in goals Dustin Swinehart scored on a assist from Josh Rife.
Crystal Palace came close several times to tie the game through out the 2nd half and even in the closing minutes of the game but the Charlotte defense held up to preserve the win.
A tough game to lose, but the Crystal Palace team has came along way in only their 2nd year of operations. Making it to the semi finals of the playoffs and finishing with a 12-9-1 record is very good. Plus the high lites of beating the MSL New York Red Bulls and taking the New England Revolution to penalty kicks in the US Open Cup.
Now the Crystal Palace fans will be expecting even more of their team in the upcoming year!! I am sure that Pete and Jim will be up to the task for next season.
Congratulations Crystal Palace on a great season!!