3rd Place represents the highest finish for a U19 squad in the history of the league
While it wasn’t the finish we had all hoped for, there is certainly much to be proud of for Queensboro FC II. Following a dominating run to the National Finals in Columbus, OH, the squad came against a tough Beaman United FC side from Nashville, TN. The task was only going to be made even tougher due to a number of key players suspended and injured.
Nonetheless, QBFC was ready to go and surprised their opponents with a barnstorming beginning to the match. By the end of the first half, the boys in purple found themselves up 3-0 and seemingly heading to the National Championship match. Unfortunately, the match was very much a tale of two halves with Beaman finding a way back and ultimately leveling the score line at the end of regulation. Extra time was needed to decide the match, which ultimately went Beaman’s way.
While this was a loss that would debilitate most teams, it was ultimately the kind of learning experience that a young team like QBFC II needed and why we chose to compete in such a top tier competition. There was no time to sulk, as the boys had to get right back to it the following day for the 3rd place match against Dodge City Toros. A 2-1 victory secured a 3rd place finish – the highest finish by a U19 squad in the history of the UPSL.
A special congratulations goes out to our striker Jonathan Santillian, who finished as the top scorer in the entirety of the 2022 Spring UPSL Playoffs.
Queensboro FC II is back competing in the Fall season, where they will look to return to the national stage and show they have learned and ultimately grown from the Spring season. Vamos!