The New Orleans Jesters won their final regular season match on Saturday when they defeated the Birmingham Hammers 3-0. The win solidified an undefeated season and clinched the top seeding/hosting rights for the National Premier Soccer League’s Southeastern Conference Playoffs. The playoff matches will begin on Friday, July 14 at Pan American Stadium in City Park.
“Last week we achieved clinching the division and this past weekend, we achieved our goal of clinching the conference,” stated Head Coach Kenny Farrell. “Now the season starts fresh as we prepare to achieve our goals in the post-season.”
Winning the last five games in a row with a combined fourteen goals scored and only three conceded, the Jesters proved that they are getting stronger as a unit. Jesters forward Jonathon Evans is also finishing the regular season on a high note, making the NPSL’s list of top ten leaders in goal scoring.
“I have focused on bringing my best to the Jesters and on the team being the absolute best,” said Evans. “I am honored to be one of the top scorers in the league, but am more focused on having our team be the best in the league.”
The Jesters (28pts/8-0-4) and Knoxville Force (23pts/7-3-2) earned the top seedings in the Southeast by finishing 1 and 2 in the Conference. In doing so, they have advanced directly into the tournament games on Friday. The remaining 4 qualified teams play on Tuesday, July 11 to determine who will earn the rights to travel to New Orleans. The Southeastern Playoff Tournament will be single elimination games and the schedule is as follows:
Friday, July 14
3pm Semi-Final #1: Knoxville Force vs. Inter Nashville FC/Chattanooga (play Tuesday, July 11 to determine)
7pm Semi-Final #2: New Orleans Jesters vs. Atlanta/Ashville (play Tuesday, July 11 to determine)
Saturday, July 15
7pm Final: Semi-Final #1 Winner vs. Semi-Final #2 Winner
Tickets are available online (www.JestersTickets.com) or at the gate. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Please check the Jesters Facebook and Twitter (/nolajesters) for special promotions and giveaways.