In another exciting and competitive season in Mass Soccer's Bay State Soccer League (BSSL), several storied clubs and handful of new teams have been making headlines since the season opener in April. As the fall season begins the race for division titles heat up. Here is a closer look at all four divisions:
BSSL D1: GPS Omens (reigning BSSL champions) and Kendall Wanderers (reigning BSSL Cup champions) remain the only two unbeaten teams in Division 1. GPS have the edge with 7 wins and 1 draw for 22 points while Kendall have earned an impressive 5 wins and 3 draws for 18 points. Rounding off the top half of the D1 standings are GPM FC (16 pts), Warehouse Gunners (14 pts) and Southie FC (14 pts). Leading the D1 goal scoring charts is Kieth Caldwell (GPS Omens) with 10 goals, Andy Reimer (GPM FC) with 9 goals and Eric Anderson (GPS Omens) with 7 goals.
BSSL D2: Middlesex FC have come out flying in BSSL D2 recording 8 wins and 2 draws while scoring 29 goals and allowing 13 against. The hot start sees Middlesex top of Division 2 with 26 points while Brandeis FC Legends and Sports Identity FC are within striking distance with 21 and 16 points respectively. The D2 Golden Boot race could not be closer as three players top the charts with 9 goals a piece -- R. Santos (Albania United), K. Williams (Middlesex) and O. Williamson (Middlesex).
BSSL D3N: 9 wins and 1 loss has BSSL newcomers Celtic FC of Boston in sole position of first place in Division 3 North. More impressive perhaps is their 8 goals against in 10 matches. It's still a tight race for the title however as Merrimack Valley United FC and Boston Rovers sit in 2nd and third place with 25 and 22 points respectively. Celtic and Merrimack Valley United will play each other in a mouth-watering match on October 7. Merrimack's Gareth Dudney leads the division with 13 goals in 10 games followed by SOuthie FC Reserve's Corey Bradley and Celtic's H. Hibbert.
BSSL D3S: Second-year club, and social media warriors, Providence City FC have impressed thus far in 2017 and currently top BSSL Division 3 South with 9 wins and 1 loss. They are led by the division's top scorer, Kiki, who has 12 goals on the year. But first-year BSSL club Tarrafal are only 5 points behind with a game in hand (7 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss). The two clubs are scheduled square off on September 23rd which could ultimately be a title deciding match.
BSSL: Providence City FC