Sacir Hot (right): “It is a gift and curse of being at the top.” (Photo courtesy of FC Motown)

By Michael Lewis Editor

As FC Motown puts its final touches on preparing for its first National Premier Soccer League playoff game Wednesday night, head coach Sacir Hot has a message for his team:

Don’t expect anything to come easy in the postseason.

FC Motown cruised to the Keystone Conference crown with a 9-1-0 mark and finished third in the NPSL power rankings.

But such success and a high ranking comes with a price. Every opponent is gunning for you, as will FC Monmouth, which will face FC Motown at Ranger Stadium on the campus of Drew University in Madison, N.J. Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“It is a gift and curse of being at the top,” Hot told “Everyone is trying to take us down, so they come to play at 100 percent. Every playoff game we will have to prepare as if the other team will be at their ultimate best. We absolutely have a target on our backs. Every team will come after us.

“If we think it is going to be easy, we won’t be making the playoff run that we are capable of. We have big players and big-time experience. At the end of the day, we have to perform.”

FC Motown defeated FC Monmouth (6-3-1, 19) earlier this season, 3-0.

While FC Motown led its conference with 40 goals this past season, Hot heaped a lot of praise on his defense, which allowed the opposition to score but five times.

“I think our back four have been phenomenal for us this year,” he said. “I would highlight them as our strength that goes under the radar. As a former defender, I love what our backline brings to the table.”

The winner of the match will advance to the conference final, which will be against the victor of the Junior Lone Star FC-West Chester United Soccer Club encounter, Saturday.