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League One Power Rankings - Week 27

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 10/05/21, 4:45PM EDT


Boyce’s hat trick of assists a notable feat in Omaha’s big victory

There’s something great about a hat trick, as Union Omaha’s Evan Conway reminded everyone this past weekend with the sixth of the season in USL League One.

Look across the stat sheet, though, and there was something more unique, no matter what league you watch.

Yes, Devin Boyce recorded the rare feat of three assists in one game, just the third time that’s happened in League One history, or one-quarter of the amount of hat tricks since the start of the 2019 regular season.

Boyce joined Chattanooga Red Wolves SC’s Ricky Ruiz in achieving a three-assist outing this season, and their predecessor Conner Antley, who did so in 2019 for South Georgia Tormenta FC on his way to winning the League One Defender of the Year award.

What made Boyce’s unique to the three, though, was the efficiency by which his assists came, as he finished the night with three chances created, fewer than Ruiz (4) and Antley (5) in their notable outings. So, every time Boyce set someone up for a shot, it found the back of the net.

All in all, it was quite a night for the St. Louis, Mo. native, as he put his name into a select group in League One history.

Here’s how everything else looks right now. As always, feel free to come and yell at me on Twitter (@NJEMurray).

Biggest Movers






1 Union Omaha
Week 27: vs FTL; vs GVL
Last Week: 2
Omaha put the hammer down on Friday night and now they’ve got both the lead in the division and two games in hand on Chattanooga for first place at the end of the season.
2 New England Revolution II
Week 27: @ TOR
Last Week: 4
Three consecutive victories have the Revolution II in a great spot in the playoff race with a game in hand on Greenville ahead of Friday’s trip north of the border.
3 Greenville Triumph SC
Week 27: @ OMA

Last Week: 3
Greenville was dominant against Fort Lauderdale but needed that little bit of luck late to make it count. Still, better late than never.
4 North Texas SC
Week 27: vs. RIC
Last Week: 6
North Texas brought Tucson’s undefeated run to an end in impressive fashion on the road, now it’s undefeated in three games and right in the middle of the postseason race.
5 FC Tucson
Week 27: --
Last Week: 1
Tucson looked tremendous in its El Jefe kits but couldn’t quite find the sharpness it had shown previously in the final third against North Texas. A few days off should help recharge the batteries before the final charge for a playoff place.
6 Richmond Kickers
Week 27: @ NTX
Last Week: 8
The Kickers won back-to-back games for the first time this season thanks to Emiliano Terzaghi, who will become the first player to 25 regular-season goals in League One’s history with his next tally.
7 Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Week 27: @ NC
Last Week: 5
The Red Wolves are sliding after that hard-fought contest with Richmond. They need to pick up the pace again to keep pressure on Omaha for first place.
8 Toronto FC II
Week 27: v. NE
Last Week: 10
The Young Reds got the win they needed thanks in part to a superb display by Canadian youth international Kobe Franklin, who almost picked up a hat trick of assists as well.
9 Forward Madison FC
Week 27: @ RIC
Last Week: 7
Madison just can’t seem to take advantage of its games in hand. If it doesn’t take victory in the Henny Derby on Wednesday night, it will have lost control of its playoff path, too.
10 South Georgia Tormenta FC
Week 27: @ FTL
Last Week: 9
The quality of goals Omaha cracked in was quite something, but the reality was Tormenta barely created any chances to respond with only one shot all game.
11 Fort Lauderdale CF
Week 27: @ OMA; vs. TRM

Last Week: 11
FTLCF battled and battled to take something from Greenville, but poor Aime Mabika looked like he wanted the turf to swallow him after that own goal in stoppage time.
12 North Carolina FC
Week 27: @ NC

Last Week: 12
There’s not much left to play in terms of the standings now, but NCFC will still want its young players to build a foundation they can return to next season with five games to play.

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