Annapolis Blues Win Conference Final In Team's 1st Season Of Semi-Pro Soccer


The Annapolis Blues FC beat the Alexandria Reds in penalty kicks Saturday to win the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship. The final was played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, pictured above at an earlier date. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Annapolis Blues FC, a minor league soccer team in its first season, won its conference championship this Saturday and advanced to the next round of the playoffs.

Tied 2-2 after overtime, the Blues defeated the Alexandria Reds in penalty kicks 4-2 to claim the Mid-Atlantic Conference title.

A record 8,480 fans attended the match, setting a National Premier Soccer League record. The Blues set the previous league record of 8,368 at their home opener, The Capital reported.

"The crowd's unbelievable," Annapolis coach Colin Herriot said, according to The Capital. "The atmosphere, the energy, everything about it tonight was absolutely first-class. To be fair, the crowd played a part in us getting over the finish line tonight."

Video highlights of the conference final, which included two players ejected and a game-tying Annapolis goal in stoppage time, are posted here.

The win advanced Annapolis out of the conference playoffs and into the East Region Semifinals.

The Blues said they will head to Montclair, New Jersey to face West Chester United FC this Friday at 4 p.m.

For a full recap of the conference final, read The Capital's story. This article is only available to subscribers of The Capital, however.

Anybody with an Anne Arundel County Public Library card number can read The Capital's game recap at this link by searching "Annapolis Blues."

A shorter but free recap from the league is available here.

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