BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Sunday, August 5, 2012
Baggio Husidic picked up an assist in Hammarby's win while Patrick Hopkins and Ljungskile continued their unlikely run as a promotion candidate.
Ljungskile SK 1 - 0 Jonkopings Sodra IF
Patrick Hopkins started in central defense as he and his Ljungskile teammates defeated Jonkopings on Saturday.
Ljungskile have been riding the fantastic performances of the 24-year old American and his fellow defenders lately, as Hopkins and company gathered their third consecutive shutout this weekend.
Bruno Santos scored a seventh minute goal which proved to be the game winner. After receiving a pass from Tobias Mikaelsson in the center of the penalty box, Santos fired a shot towards net which Andre Calisir made an effort to block. The Brazilian's shot went in between the defender's legs and flew into the back of the net from five yards out.
The win brought fifth place Ljungskile closer to a spot in the promotion playoffs, as they're now only five points shy of a shot at promotion.
LSK hope to continue their ascent when they visit Varberg next weekend while Jonkopings travel to take on last place Umea.
Hammarby IF 1 - 0 Umea FC
Baggio Husidic started in his typical spot in holding midfield for Hammarby and provided the assist on the lone goal of the day to help lift his side over last place Umea.
Young American striker Billy Schuler was on the bench for Hammarby, but didn't see the field.
Hammarby came into the match reeling, winless in their last six games while only managing two draws in that stretch.
The goal came courtesy of Sinan Ayranci in the 21st minute. Husidic threw the ball in to Mikaell Rynell deep down the right flank. The Swedish midfielder then passed the ball back to the Bosnian-American, who floated a beautiful cross in towards Ayranci in the center of the box. The 22-year old Swedish striker beat his defender in the air and nodded home from three yards out for his second goal of the season.
Husidic was subbed off for Sebastian Bojassen in the 80th minute.
Hammarby travel to take on Assyriska next week while Umea host Jonkopings.
Degerfors IF 2 - 2 Halmstad BK
Brian Edwards and Degerfors allowed a 2-0 lead to slip away for the second consecutive week to allow fellow American Ryan Miller and his Halmstad teammates to grab a draw.
Both Americans went the full 90 minutes with Edwards in net for Degerfors while Miller lined up at right back for HBK.
Degerfors received a boost before the match when doctors allowed Christopher Brandeborn to play with a cast on his broken hand.
Brandeborn's inclusion in the team was huge for Degerfors, as he scored twice. Brandeborn's first goal came in the third minute off of an assist from Niklas Klingberg when he gathered the pass from seven yards out and blasted a shot across the face of the net beating Halmstad keeper Kalle Johnsson.
Shortly thereafter, Brandeborn extended Degerfors' lead in the 11th minute. Amadaiya Rennie sent a cross in towards Peter Samuelsson and the 30-year old striker sent a headed pass towards an open Brandeborn who one-timed a volley past Johnsson for his second goal of the afternoon and his sixth of the season.
Despite Degerfors' great start, Halmstad began to seize the majority of possession and started to put pressure on Edwards net. Miller was a key part of Halmstads attack, as the Barrington, Illinois native forced Edwards into making two nice saves.
Johan Blomberg put Halmstad on the scoreboard in the 56th minute. Mikael Boman provided some nice hold up play before passing back to the onrushing Blomberg who took a touch to size up his chances before firing a screaming shot past Edwards from 30 yards.
Boman scored a goal himself in the 83rd minute. Blomberg made an incisive run through Degerfors' defense before laying off a pass to Johnny Lundberg. The captain proceeded to find Boman before unleashing a drive from the top of the box and past Edwards to tie the score with his seventh goal of the season.
With the draw, Degerfors squandered another chance to climb out of the relegation zone, where they're currently situated in the relegation playoffs, only two points shy of safety. Halmstad are in third place in the Superettan, good enough for a spot in the promotion playoffs.
Both teams have big matches next weekend against sides directly beneath them in the Superettan standings. Thirteenth place Degerfors take on 14th place Varnamo, while third place Halmstad travel to take on fourth place Angelholm.
Matt Pyzdrowski was out of action for Angelholm this week as the goalkeeper sustained a concussion in last week's loss to Trelleborg.