By Ruben Dominguez/Sacramento Gold FC
The first Causeway Classico was an exciting, back-and-forth war of attrition that ended with
Sacramento Gold FC and FC Davis splitting the points in a 1-1 draw Saturday at Capital
Christian High School.
Anthony Chinchilla scored the home team’s first goal of the season, finishing off a beautiful
cross from the left side of the box by D.J. Villegas in the 57 th minute. It also came less than two
minutes after the visitors opened the scoring with a cross from Evan Alvarez, which somehow
snuck by several players before bouncing into the back of the net.
The Gold had excellent chances before and after the goals to add to the scoring, mainly from
Solomi Olajide. In the 48 th minute, Matt Wiesenfarth found Olajide near the right post, but Davis
goalkeeper Zack Price was able to snuff out the attempt. Then in the 61 st minute, another
excellent cross from Villegas was met by a booming header from Olajide. However, the ball
struck the crossbar and bounced out.
Off a corner kick less than five minutes later, Chris Christian launched a shot that hit the far post
and bounced right to Villegas, who fired off multiple shots that ricocheted off a number of
players in the box. Unfortunately for the home fans, Sacramento couldn’t get it past the goal
Davis had a few good opportunities in the final 15 minutes of play. In the 78 th minute, Kennedy
Chongo was free down the left side, but sent his shot wide right. With both teams having short
benches, the last stretch became a defensive struggle. But thanks to the efforts of Dylan Wood
and Gold goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek, who made a key stop on Ty Shikashio in the 85 th minute,
the defense held firm.
Before the game, both teams and all four referees stood in silence for 24 seconds at the 24-yard
line in honor of Kobe Bryant and the eight other people killed in January's helicopter crash.
Sacramento will be back at home for another rivalry game, against the Sonoma County Sol, on
Saturday, March 7. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm at Capital Christian High School.
Photo Credit: Sacramento Gold FC