San Francisco City FC concluded the 2018 PDL season on July 15th, against the Santa Cruz Breakers. The two sides faced off at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz for their second meeting of the season, with significant implications on the line for the final standings in the PDL’s Southwest Division. SF City entered the final week of the season at the bottom of the table, following a tough loss at home to the San Francisco Glens SC. With several teams barely hovering over the bottom of the table, SF City had plenty to play for with ambitions to pull ahead of the pack.
The game kicked off with a lively pace, with both teams creating early chances and SF City finding the net in just the 18th minute of play. #5, Gerardo Mendoza, chipped the keeper following a lovely through-ball from defender, Taiki Kajitani. With the 1-0 lead, the Iron and Gold felt energized, and continued to apply pressure and create opportunities. Mendoza was absolutely fierce, keeping the Santa Cruz defense on their back-heels, and searching for another goal.
In the 54th minute, Mendoza went on to find his second goal of the day, putting SF City ahead 2-0. That scoreline would hold until the final whistle. Elsewhere in the final week of league play, the Southern California Seahorses suffered a loss, the SF Glens SC earned a draw and the San Diego Zest did not play as their season concluded on July 7th. The 2-0 win pulled SF City out of last place, and ahead of the three aforementioned teams.
SF City FC finished the season with 16 points, level with local rival, SF Glens SC. But it was the Iron and Gold who earned bragging rights in San Francisco via PDL’s tiebreaker of total wins. With five victories, City edged out the Glens, who finished with just four. The final standings and two very close games between the two local teams ensure that the rivalry between these two clubs will only continue to increase. Despite a slightly rocky season on the pitch, the atmosphere in the stands was one of passionate support.
The PDL regular season ends with what should prove to be a great road trip to Santa Cruz. Fans of the Iron and Gold should make their travel plans, as this will be a weekend not to be missed. Come down and cheer on the Iron & Gold to three points in the finale.
(Note: This match was originally scheduled for 6/13/18, but was rescheduled by mutual agreement of SF City FC and Santa Cruz Breakers FC due to popular demand! Please make note of the updated match date.)