By Brandon Jantz/Temecula FC
Playing its second home game of the season, Temecula FC fell to FC Golden State 2-0 on Saturday night at Chaparral High School in Temecula, CA.
It was the second straight shutout loss for the Quails, who were beaten 8-0 by Las Vegas last Sunday.
Just 25 minutes into Saturday’s match, the Quails found themselves a goal down from a Cristian Gordillo goal. Ten minutes later the home side were also a player down. Early substitute Noah Mabra came on for Eddie Franco, who pulled up with a hamstring injury just minutes into the match. Mabra was given a red card and sent off. FC Golden State went on to control the first half with comfortable possession around the middle of the field. The Quails were able to get to halftime without allowing any more goals.
In the second half Temecula FC came out strong and seemed to be the more likely side to score the next goal. FC Golden State were comfortable keeping the ball and didn’t create many chances in the first 20 minutes of the second half. The Quails could have equalized with a sweeping move down the right which saw Steve Lamberta come in behind the Golden State left back. Lamberta sent a great ball across the box to Oscar Flores, who put the ball over the goal from six yards out. The Quails were not finished and had another glorious chance to level the game when Ricardo Gonzalez could only watch as his header from five yards out bounced down off the turf and over the FC Golden State goal.
In the 88th minute, FC Golden State capitalized on some poor play in the midfield, which led to Pedro Cardoza finding himself 1v1 with Temecula FC goalkeeper Brent Reis. The keeper was having a great night in goal, but could not keep Cardoza from scoring. FC Golden State went on to win the match 2-0.
Next up for Temecula is Club Xolos USA U-23 on Saturday, March 14th. The game at Riverside Stadium has a 7:15 pm kickoff..
Photo Credit: Brandon Jantz/Temecula FC