SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Tuesday, May 9, 2017) – The Southern California Sports Club reached the halfway point of its National Premier League (NPSL) regular season campaign with a tough loss as the team was defeated 4-0 by FC Arizona on Saturday (May 6) at Corona Del Sol High School, in Tempe (AZ).
With the first eight of its 16 regular season matches completed, SoCal SC sits seventh at the West Southwest Conference with eight points (two wins, four losses, three ties). Expansion franchise FC Arizona is one of the three undefeated teams of the division and climbed to the top of it with 20 points (six wins and two ties).
The match was disputed on a tense atmosphere thanks to the inability of the referee on keeping the control of the game and allowing innumerous fouls and hard tackles from both sides. SoCal SC’s Head Coach Daniel Musatti and midfielder Bryan Orta were both sent off.
Pushed by their fans, the hosts wasted no time to score as Kenny McAvoy took advantage of a slow start of SoCal SC and found the back of the net only 11 seconds after the first whistle.
The goal made the visitors take control of the game, but, despite some good chances, Socal SC was not able to tie it. On the 30 th minute, on a counter attack, George Jermy completed a cross from Cesar Mexia and scored the second to FC Arizona.
Right after SoCal SC’s kickoff, the hosts managed to get the ball back and Alejandro Aguilar chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to score the third goal. The visitors insisted and created some opportunities, but were not able to find the back of the net.
On the second half, FC Arizona have a good start and scored its fourth goal on a header from Ari Sanchez at the 53 rd minute. SoCal SC showed good spirits and pushed number forward, but it wasn’t enough to break the best defense of the conference.
SoCal SC will now have to weeks to regroup before its next match, against City of Angels FC, on May 20, at 6PM (PT), at the Fairplex. The teams already met this year on the season opener and SoCal SC managed to get an impressive 5-1 road win.
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