UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Cosmos clinched the North Atlantic Conference crown Sunday evening, recording a 2-0 National Premier Soccer League victory over Rhode Island Reds FC at Mitchel Athletic Complex.
Striker Isaac Acuna, who tallied in his Cosmos debut last week, added two more goals to give him three in less than two full games.
The win kept the Cosmos (36 points) unbeaten at 12-0-0 and atop the NPSL power ranking with a perfect 3.0, as in the average number of points earned per games. If they win their last two contests, they will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Cosmos also have won 22 consecutive regular-season matches dating back to the start of the 2018 NPSL season.
Rhode Island (13), which has one game remaining in its season, fell to 4-8-1.
Goalkeeper Jesse Corke recorded the shutout for the Cosmos, who have allowed only four goals this season.
Acuna did all of his scoring in the first half. Midway through the period, Ansi Agolli banged a shot off the crossbar as Acuna was there to headed the ball home. Acuna added a second goal several minutes later to give the Cosmos a 2-0 halftime lead.
The hosts could have added to their lead, but Ricardo Bocanegra slammed his penalty kick off the post and Acuna had his PK attempt saved by the Rhode Island goalkeeper after the referee called the visitors for a handball in the box.
The Cosmos have two regular-season games remaining this season at Mitchel.
They welcome the Brooklyn Italians on July 3 at 8 p.m. and Kingston Stockade FC on July 6 at 7 p.m.
The playoffs most likely would begin the second weekend in July.