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Junior Lone Star & West Chester United clinch playoff berths

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Three points separate the two rivals in the NPSL Keystone Conference standings heading into their final regular season games

Junior Lone Star forward Anthony Allison (left) is defended by West Chester United defender Christian Williams in a game on June 20, 2018
Matt Ralph

Junior Lone Star FC are heading to the NPSL playoffs for the first time in six seasons after beating New Jersey Copa FC on the road last weekend.

Anthony Allison led the Stars with a hat trick in the game and leads the team with nine goals in eight games on the season. Alvin Dahn also added a goal in the win, which put the Stars in second place, just three points off the unbeaten leaders FC Motown with one game remaining in the regular season against Hershey FC this Saturday.

West Chester United also clinched a playoff berth — their second straight after making it their first season in the league last year — despite losing 1-0 on the road to FC Monmouth over the weekend.

West Chester faces first place FC Motown for their final regular season game this Saturday in Madison, New Jersey having lost two of their last three games (they lost 1-0 to Junior Lone Star on June 20). They are six points off the leaders and three behind Junior Lone Star in third place.

FC Monmouth and New Jersey Copa FC face each other with the final playoff berth from the conference on the line. The two teams are tied on points with 16, but Copa FC have a significant edge (+13) on goal differential.

Atlantic City FC beat Copa FC 3-0 in a midweek game last week behind a brace from Cam Vickers and a goal from Gabriel Ganzer and after tying Motorik FC 1-1 (goal by Ryan Morris) in a friendly at home on Saturday will close out their first season at Stockton University on Saturday night against Torch FC. Torch FC has lost all nine of their games this season.

Hershey FC lost for the second time this season to FC Motown 3-1 at home over the weekend to fall to 2-6-1 on the season. Joel Drewery had the lone goal for Hershey in the losing effort. A win for the Aces would give them a .500 record for their first season.