The Southern California Sports Club fought hard and controlled a good part of the match, but was defeated by National Premier Soccer League’s (NPSL) Southwest Conference leaders Riverside Coras 2-1 in its first-ever home game at the Fairplex and home opener on Saturday.
Juan Victor Aguilar and Ramon Nunez scored for the visitors while Andy Contreras, SoCal SC’s oldest player at 26, found the back of the net for the home side on a free kick to make Coras concede a goal for the first time in the season.
Riverside Coras is only team of the Conference to win all of its three games and leads the standing with nine points while SoCal SC, who played only two matches, sits fourth with the three points amassed on the 5-1 season opener win over City of Angels FC.
“It was a very hard match as we expected,” said SoCal SC head coach Daniel Musatti. “Unfortunately we made two early mistakes in the back and that was vital against a team as good as they are. We weren’t able to get the result we wanted, but we controlled the match and dictated the tempo in the second half. They were very solid defensively and, even with around ten good chances to score, we couldn’t avoid the defeat. But it was really good to see that our team was able to dominate them for a while and that shows we’re headed to the right direction.”
SoCal SC will see the field again next Saturday, April 1st, against Temecula FC at the Lindfield Christian School at 7:30 pm PT. The club’s next opponent amassed one point in their first three matches, with a tie and two losses so far.