Tropics have a couple of goals in mind Saturday as they honor teachers, host Florida Premier

by Brian Ackley

AUBURNDALE -- In addition to honoring Polk County students and teachers Saturday night at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale, the Florida Tropics are hoping to accomplish a few more things when they host Florida Premier FC in a 7 p.m. kickoff.

First, the Tropics (4-2-1) would like to keep  pace at the top of the United Premier Soccer League's Florida West division standings, where they are currently tied for first with the St. Petersburg Aztecs.(4-0-1). Both clubs have 13 points so far this 2021 spring season, although the Aztecs hold an upper hand since they have played two less games. Several weeks ago, the Aztecs rallied with two goals in the game's final 10 minutes to tie the Tropics 2-2; the two teams will rematch in St. Petersburg on June 5.

The second is a little revenge on Florida Premier (3-3-0), who hung a 3-1 loss on Florida back in the second week of the season. The Tropics roster has undergone significant changes since then, and Will Eyang, who missed time for a family matter, returned last week with two goals in a big win over Tampa FC.

Eyang is tied for the UPSL lead nationally in goals with 11.

After Saturday, Florda will have a big road rematch with their local rival, Winter Haven United. That game will be played at Feltrim Sports Academy with a kickoff time to be determined. 

Admission to Saturday's game is free, Parking is $10 for single occupant vehicles, and $20 for multi-occupant cars. Teachers with school ID can park for free, and cars with students in them will be charged only 10. There will be a pre-game carnival, food and games, prior to kickoff.