Oliver Papraniku: “Winning the Keystone Conference really reinforces both our teams’ merger and provides a path to a great future for our club,. (Photo courtesy of FC Motown)
MADISON, N.J. – FC Motown advancing to the Northeast Region playoffs of the National Premier Soccer League postseason has meant so many things to the National Premier Soccer League team, says team president Oliver Papraniku.
The team got past West Chester United Soccer Club in penalty kicks in the Keystone Conference semifinals after playing to a draw.
Papraniku also is the owner of OPI Construction. His club, Clarkstown SC Eagles, merged with FC Motown last year to build one of the most successful franchises in the NPSL. So far so good for the first-year NPSL side after being a co-ed soccer team only six years ago.
“Winning the Keystone Conference really reinforces both our teams’ merger and provides a path to a great future for our club,” Papraniku said, adding that head coach Sacir Hot “has been incredible in his first full season coaching the team and we look forward to his next round of achievements. The addition of players like Dilly Duka, Julius James and Hani Naser have been an incredible boost to our team and especially or younger players.”
The next round is the Northeast semifinals against FC Baltimore at Ranger Stadium on the campus of Drew University Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Papraniku felt his team had the ingredients to go far in the postseason.
“The quality of our team and specifically our bench was the difference maker in the game tonight,” he said.
West Chester was the only NPSL team to have defeated FC Motown this season, in the team’s final regular-season match.
“The win tonight against West Chester was huge for us, because they are an incredibly talented club and in my opinion the best opponent we played all season,” Papraniku said.
He then praised West Chester head coach Blaise Santangelo, who “has done an incredible job with his team this season and they really pushed us to the very last penalty kick to eliminate them.”