SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Monday, June 12, 2017) – The Southern California Sports Club is yet to get its first win on the Inland Empire Clasico as the team was defeated by Riverside Coras 2-0 last Sunday (June 11) at the UC Riverside Soccer Stadium on the rivals’ fourth National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) meeting.
With the result, Coras remains undefeated against SoCal SC, having won all of the four matches between the clubs since SoCal SC joined the NPSL, in 2016.
This match was, undoubtedly, the most heated meeting the two parts as seven players were shown red cards by the referee. SoCal SC finished the match with seven players on the field after goalkeeper Tyler Wilson, defenders Max Rico and Jesus Soria and forward Roonie Moreno were sent off during the last 30 minutes of the match while Coras had eight athletes on the field when the final whistle was blown.
“It is ridiculous”, midfielder Bryan Orta said about the seven red cards. “You usually see a red or two at the most, but the referee just went over the top and did not know how to control the game, so he just started throwing out cards to regulate”.
SoCal SC dominated the game for 60 minutes, recording 11 shots against only two of the rivals in the first hour of the match but the first red card changed the story of the match.
“When you are up a man you are moving the ball and you are flowing. You want to keep it to create more opportunities. But the red card came and we kind of panicked and it kind of went downhill from there”
Coras scored its first goal at the 67th minute with Dakota Shelton. In overtime, Omar Aguilar converted a penalty kick to seal the hosts win.
The setback putted SoCal SC on the sixth place of the West Southwest Conference with 14 points after 12 matches (four wins, two ties, six losses).
The team will return to the field next Sunday (June 18) against Orange County FC at the Fairplex, at 11AM (PT). Tickets are already on sale.
“This is going to be a big week for us”, captain Eric Gonzalez commented. “We have another tough game against Orange County next week, so we have to regroup, get the guys that we have available for the next match and we just have to train hard and hopefully we have a result next week”.