SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Monday, June 5, 2017) – Playing very competitive soccer, the Southern California Sports Club held conference leaders FC Arizona scoreless for 80 minutes, but a late goal of midfielder Chris Ramsell gave the visitors a 1-0 win when the teams met last Saturday (June 3) at the Fairplex for the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
Despite the defeat, SoCal SC remains at the fifth place at the West Southwest conference with 14 points (four wins, two ties, five losses). The team has five more matches on the regular season to climb at least one more step on the division and advance to the playoffs for the second straight year. Currently, Albion Pros SC holds the fourth place with 21 points.
FC Arizona is the top-seeded team of the conference with 30 points (nine wins, three ties) and one of the two undefeated sides of the division. They also have the best defense of the West Southwest, having conceded only two goals, and the second-best offense, with 34 goals scored.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted”, SoCal SC’s captain Eric Gonzalez said after the match. “We gave the best effort we could. It was a complete game in exception for putting away the chances that we had. I’m very proud of the guys and of the effort. We came in playing against the first placed team of the conference and gave it all we had. It was an equal game. We can build on the good things we did tonight and move on to impress on the next couple of games”.
Playing at home and coming from back-to-back wins over City of Angels FC and Corinthians USA, SoCal SC dominated the first half of the game. The hosts managed to score a goal at the 33rd minute, but the referee disallowed it because of an offside.
On the second half, the match remained open, with both teams creating opportunities to score. At the 80th minute, Ramsell headed a cross from Jose Rodriguez to the back of the net to score FC Arizona’s game winner.
Next Sunday (June 11), SoCal SC faces the second edition of the Inland Empire Clasico in 2017 as the team heads to the UC Riverside to face rivals Riverside Coras at 6:30PM (PT).