After finishing ninth in the NASL Spring Season, Ottawa Fury FC’s remarkable Fall turnaround was completed with a title Wednesday night.
Fury FC locked up the Fall Season title with Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat of the Jacksonville Armada at Community First Park. The victory earned the club its first trophy while also locking up a home matchup in the opening round of the postseason.
With the result, Fury FC’s Fall record moves to a remarkable 13-1-5 while extending the team’s road unbeaten streak to 11 matches.
Down at the half due to a 37th-minute Mechack Jérôme finish, Ottawa bounced back in the second half with goals from Rafael Alves, Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Andrew Wiedeman.
Alves was up first in the 59th minute. The Brazilian smashed a low free kick that deflected off a defender and into the back of the net for the equalizing goal.
Ubiparipovic followed with the eventual game-winner just three minutes later. After receiving a pass from Wiedeman, Ubiparipovic took a touch at the top of the box before chipping a lofted shot to the back post to give Ottawa a 2-1 advantage.
Wiedeman’s stoppage time winner served as icing on the cake, while goalkeeper Romuald Peiser set the NASL record for most wins by a goalkeeper in a single season with his 15th victory.
With the win, Ottawa will host a semifinal match at TD Place on Nov. 8. However, the team first must wrap up the Fall Season with a visit to the Atlanta Silverbacks on Oct. 31.