The Southern California Sports Club displayed its powerful offense once again last Saturday, but some defensive mistakes costed the team another victory as SoCal SC tied 4-4 with expansion side Oxnard Guerreros at the Fairplex in the clubs’ first-ever National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) match-up.
With two wins, two losses, and two ties on its first regular season matches, SoCal SC is in fourth place in the Southwest Conference with eight points. The Oxnard Guerreros come right after, at fifth, with seven points.
“Our offense is clicking with ten goals scored over the last three matches, but unfortunately our defensive mistakes costed us another win,” said SoCal SC Head Coach Daniel Musatti. “We worked hard, controlled possession and built four goals, but in the other hand we gave four goals to them. We are trying to fix our defensive issues during our training sessions and also working on some different combinations to see if we can present a better performance. We are in a position where we still depend only on ourselves to advance to the playoffs and the next two matches are really important for us.”
The Oxnard Guerreros were the first to find the back of the net on the match with Raul Yepez scoring at the 25th minute. Before halftime, SoCal SC tied with forward Edmilson Santos shooting from outside the box at the 43rd minute.
On the second minute of the second half, captain Eric Gonzalez putted SoCal ahead with his fourth goal of the season. The visiting team, however, tied at the 61st. On a 25-yard free kick, midfielder Andy Contreras scored the home side’s third goal at the 65th.
Five minutes later, though, Wilton Quintero converted a PK to tie it again. SoCal SC got close to victory in the 82nd minute, when Jorge Moreno scored on the rebound of a PK, but Quintero converted again from the penalty spot at the 87th minute to seal the result.