SF City FC handed Ventura County Fusion their first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon at Kezar Stadium. The hosting SF City was celebrating Community Spirit Day 2018, dedicating the match to their various local charitable partners. It was a beautiful, sunny, breezy day, and both teams were prepared to entertain the crowd.
SF City initiated the attack immediately, earning their first corner of the match in the first minute of play. After a few chances on both ends of the field, SF City earned their second corner of the day in the 15th minute, leading up to the first goal of the match. City Midfielder Jack Skahan sent a curling cross towards goal, which took a deflection and ended up in the back of the net.
Ventura County continued to fight, and both teams created scoring chances. The most dangerous moment of half for City came in the 36th minute, when the Fusion stole the ball in a dangerous area and looked to breakaway towards goal. City’s Robbie Hines chased down the ball and regained control for San Francisco. The final minutes of the first half were a little chippy, with Ventura County earning the first yellow card of the match just before halftime.
The second half began at a slower pace, with a few easily defended opportunities for both teams. In the 57th minute, Ventura County almost evened the score during a chaotic moment in the box beating the SF City goalkeeper. At the last instant, SF City’s Barry McCabe, came dashing back and made a heroic clearance off the line to keep the lead.
In the 84th minute, Jack Skahan added to the SF City tally, producing a wonderful goal from beyond the 18. With the additional goal, SF City shifted into a defensive formation and held on to the lead. Ventura County created one final chance late in stoppage time that ended up just over the bar. At the final whistle, it was SF City 2, Venture County 0. When asked about the goals, Skahan replied, “It felt better to get the win.”
SF City FC has now earned 6 points over the last 2 weeks, and climbed into 6th place in the PDL Southwest Division. On the result, midfielder Danny Kirkland noted, “It comes down to hard work, and we’ve been looking sharp in training. The fans are the backbone to this club, and we are happy to reward them.” Head Coach Paddy Coyne was pleased with the win despite the windy conditions and alluded to the future suggesting, “There will be more.” SF City FC will get another chance this Friday as they host Orange County SC at Kezar Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 7 PM. See you under the lights!
San Francisco City FC is hosting its inaugural Community Spirit match day on June 10th! As part of the club’s broader mission to give back to our community, we have invited some of our closest non-profit partners to join us at the game. We will be highlighting their efforts to make our City a better place.
In SF City’s last home match against Ventura County, the Iron and Gold earned a dramatic 3-2 victory after being two goals down, so it promises to be both an exciting time both on and off the pitch!