Academica SC hosted CD Aguiluchos USA at their home field this week. Both teams began to warm up as the crowd waited patiently. This sunny day motivated numerous fans to come out and support their team.
Once the game started each team fought aggressively to get the first goal on the scoreboard. Academica attacked strong and had an opening play that was sent through the middle of the box where Academica player Jose Barriga struck the ball high and out of bounds. Aguiluchos pressured the defensive line of Academica and had several half chances to put the ball into the box. Aguiluchos held the ball well up top and were able to distribute wide.
These opportunities bore fruit when Marcus DeCouto was called for a handball in the box and a penalty was awarded. The Aguiluchos player stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to convert the spot kick. Academica pressed for the equalizer and in the 31st minute, Manny Villegas was sent through and rounded the keeper only for the recovering Aguilucho defender to come in and clear the danger. In the 44th minute, Aguiluchos were given a free kick a few yards from the center line. The ball was sent to the center and an Academica player headed the ball out which landed at one of his opponents feet. He shot the ball and put Aguiluchos up 2-0. Halftime soon followed.
Coming into the second half Academica had a different mentality. This time they began to attack more progressively. Although Aguiluchos were making offensive plays they were not successful in scoring this second half. Both teams were possessing well but were having difficulty finishing in the final third. Academica had the opportunity to score at minute 61 when Jose Barriga sent a cross ball to his teammate Cody Golbad, he headed the ball out.
They did not give up and continued to attack. This game continued to get exciting as Academica pressured the defense of Aguiluchos. In minute 71 Academica SC had a free kick near the midfield line. Academica player Gerardo Cazares centered the ball to Golbad, who headed the ball in the net and added a goal to his team, making the score 2-1.
This goal motivated Academica and they continued to make plays offensively. In one play the captain, Gerardo Cazares, dribbled the ball and made a pass to Ramiro Ceja. He attempted to put the ball over the goalie, but was denied. Aguiluchos fell back in the remaining of the match. After a series of corners for their team, Aguiluchos was shown a red card following a scramble between one of their players and Jorge Carmona. Academica tried to take advantage of the extra player and attempted to close the game with a tie, but the match ended shortly after at 2-1 to the visitors.
This upcoming week Academica SC will once again host a home game, this time versus El Farolito on April 21 at 7:00 pm.