Final Four! Goals by Boateng, Diegues lift Tropics SC to UPSL national semi-finals

by Brian Ackley

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- It's on to Texas, and the United Premier Soccer League's national championship tournament for the Tropics SC.

The Tropics scored in each half Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Savannah to topple World Class Premier of Maryland to claim a spot in the leagues Final Four the last weekend in July in Weatherford, Texas.

For the first time all season, the Tropics, now 16-0-0,  trailed after Elton Joe converted a penalty kick for WCP in the 11th minute.

But a pretty individual effort by Melvin Boateng in the penalty area resulted in the equalizer in the 25th minute, setting the stage for a dramatic second half goal by the Tropics most prolific duo.

In the 55th minute, the winner came off the foot of Ricardo Diegues who finished off a perfect cross from Victor Parreiras. The pair, who have played together for the last eight years after meeting as players at UT-Brownsville, are the active all-time leading scorers for the Florida Tropics of the Major Arena Soccer League, who will start their fourth season of professional indoor soccer at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

With the win, the Tropics advance to the UPSL national finals tournament July 27 and 28.