SF City FC hosted Orange County SC U23 under the lights on Friday evening at Kezar Stadium. It was a tough outing for the Iron and Gold, who couldn’t find their rhythm and suffered their first loss in three weeks.
From the opening whistle, SF City struggled to possess the ball. It wasn’t until the 21st minute that SF City registered their first shot. Then, City began to warm-up, creating a few opportunities, but lacking the final touch.
In the final minutes of the first half, Orange County managed to tally their first goal of the evening. Connor Gordon found himself with a one-on-one breakaway with SF City’s goalkeeper, Andrew Romig. Romig made a valiant effort, getting a hand to the ball, but it bounced off the post and into the net. At the half, Orange County led one-nil.
The second half kicked-off at a similar pace. In the first minute of the half, Orange County surged down the right flank, only to be shut down by SF City defender Robbie Hines. Hines had a busy evening, chasing down breakaways, and very nearly getting on the end of a Danny Kirkland free kick in the 53rd minute. The majority of second half chances for SF City came from such set pieces, but they remained unable to score.
In the 72nd minute, Orange County scored their second goal of the night. Preston Judd nodded a close-range ball over Romig, just out of reach of the slipping goalkeeper. SF City continued to fight, but failed to find the back of the net. In the final minute before stoppage time, Romig sprawled out to make a huge save, pushing the ball away for an easily defended OC corner.
Next Sunday, SF City FC hosts Fresno FC U23 for the annual Pride Match, taking place during San Francisco’s Pride Month celebration. Kickoff is at 2 PM and the match should have a lively atmosphere as SF City welcomes Fresno’s traveling supporters. Tickets are available here. See you at Kezar!
Our ninth league match of the season will be a rematch with Orange County. City are definitely looking strong, following victories in their last two matches.
In this fixture last season, City fell behind 2-0 before roaring back for a comfortable 6-2 win, paced by a Danny Kirkland hat trick. What theatrics await this time?