Eagles in playoff mode as they get set to end regular season at home

Staff photo by TOM KING Goalie Kyle Connelly has had an outstanding season for the Eagles of the ISC of Nashua.

NASHUA – If you haven’t been to see the Eagles of the International Soccer Club of Nashua yet, Saturday’s regular season finale may be the best day.

That’s because a win over Lynn United at 4 p.m. at Rivier University’s Raider Field will likely guarantee another good game to attend – a home United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) playoff game.

Currently, the Eagles are in second place at 7-2-2, riding a five-game winning streak. They have clinched a top four spot, and a win Saturday solidifies their hold on second and should put them at home in the first round of the playoffs later this month.

“We hope to keep up the form going into the playoffs,” Eagles coach Jerold White said. “Our players have been performing well together. The more we play our style of soccer which is building up the field and using the width of the field, the more we have been getting good results.”

Of course, Quincy Appah remains Nashua’s top scoring threat with 12 goals this season, including three in the team’s recent 4-1 win over the Boston Siege at Boston University’s Nickerson Field.

“Quincy has been on a high with seven games of multiple goals,” White said.”

Defensively, goalie Kyle Connely, who was outstanding in the home opener two months ago, continues his solid play.

“He’s been exceptional with his communication and ability to keep us in close matches,” White said.

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In that 4-1 win last weekend in Boston, Connelly had six saves while, in addition to Appah’s hat trick, newcomer Peguy Ngatcha added a goal and an assist.

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Ngatcha is a player to watch for the ISC, seemingly forming a solid one-two punch with Appah. He is a former fourth-round pick of the MSL’s Colorado Rapids, and came to Manchester to live with his parents when he was 14.

He was born in Douala, Cameroon, moved with his family to France at a young age and then, after his parents came to the U.S., he went back to Cameroon to live with other family members.

The former Manchester Memorial soccer and track standout also was at the New England Revolution Development Academy as a 16-year-old. He made 26 appearances (13 starts), with the Revs’ DA U18 team, scoring 12 goals and adding six assists, according to info provided by the Eagles and Rapids. Previously, he had managed 13 goals and two assists for the U16s. And two years ago,he was a part of the roster for New England’s inaugural U23 team.

But that was after he was a standout at two colleges. He first played for the University of Northwestern Ohio, starring on a 15-3-3 team with 15 goals in 20 games.

Then he transferred to Wright State, where in his senior year he was a First Team All-Great Lakes Region selection, a First Team All-Ohio, the Horizon League Player of Year, as well as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. He also tied for the league lead with 10 goals.