SF City FC hosted the Southern California Seahorses at Kezar Stadium on Sunday, in an exciting match featuring a multitude of brilliant goals. In the season opener SF City suffered a shutout defeat at the hands of the Seahorses, setting the table for the revenge match at home. It was a beautiful sunny day in the park, the Iron and Gold applied the offensive pressure early and emerged victorious by a final scoreline of SF City FC 4 – Seahorses 2.
Captain Barry McCabe initiated the scoring for SF City in the 9th minute. City had earned a free kick near the centerline, which was taken quickly and whipped out wide to McCabe. Cutting toward goal, McCabe laid off the ball to Ashish Chatta, who delivered it back to the boots of McCabe in front of the net. McCabe put the ball away and dashed over to celebrate at the railing with the supporters. 1-nil SF City FC.
Minutes later, the SoCal Seahorses stunned the crowd with an equalizer on the counter attack. The Seahorses were able to exploit the SF City defense and put the ball into the back of the net. With the score leveled, both teams picked up the pace, looking eager to pull ahead. In the 26th minute, SF City’s #12, Jonathan Partida treated the crowd to an absolute stunner. Barry McCabe was heavily involved in the build-up again, rushing the ball down the right wing and passing it towards the box. Partida received the ball outside of the 18 and smashed it home from distance.
SF City would score once more before half, a well earned goal for striker Gerardo Mendoza. Mendoza has looked dangerous in recent weeks, and finally got found his break. At halftime, SF City FC went to the locker room feeling confident with the 3-1 lead.
In the second half, things continued to go SF City’s way. The Iron and Gold kept up the pressure, and earned their 4th goal of the match in the 53rd minute. #7, Kei Tomozawa took matters into his own hands, bringing the ball down the left side, and beating the keeper at the far post to find the net.
The Southern California Seahorses would also get one final goal, burying a header off a 65th minute corner-kick. Down just 2 goals, the Seahorses perked up and created a few opportunities, but the Iron and Gold held on defensively for the victory. At the final whistle it was SF City FC 4 – SoCal Seahorses 2. “It was nice to start bright,” recalled McCabe. “I think we could have scored 10 goals.”
On Thursday night, SF City FC looks to score that many against local rival the San Francisco Glens. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM in the final 2018 PDL match at Kezar Stadium. Tickets are just $10 and are available online. We hope to see you in the stands for the SF Derby!
The Seahorses come north nearly two months after facing SF City in La Mirada. The visitors won 2-1 at Negoesco last year, and our lads will be keen to reverse that fortune and continue on from last weekend’s great victory over Santa Cruz.
The first 200 fans to arrive will receive a special commemorative pin!