Premier Development League
Cape Cod repeats as champion with 1-0 shutout of Chicago.
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Saturday, August 9, 2003) -- Joseph Ngwenya's early penalty kick led the way for the Cape Cod (Mass.) Crusaders to blank the Chicago Fire Reserves 2-0 and repeat as Premier Development League champions before 2,700 at Cardinal Stadium tonight.
Cape Cod took advantage of a break when a Chicago defender handled the ball in his box in the 17th minute and Ngwenya, who led the league in goals, converted the penalty kick for a 1-0 lead.
Cape Cod showing maintained more control in a back-and-forth first half, but Chicago turned the tables after intermission with the majority of possession and a number of scoring chances, only to see three shots hit the woodwork.
The Crusaders exploited another defensive miscue in the 81st minute, allowing David Bulow to go in alone on goal and beat goalkeeper Matt Pickens for a 2-0 advantage.
Cape Cod became the fifth team in United Soccer Leagues history to repeat as champion, following the Chicago Sockers (1999-2000), Central Coast Roadrunners (1996-1997), Greensboro Dynamo (1993-1994) and Colorado Comets (1989-1990).