On a blustery Fall morning, SF City emerged victorious 2-1 against a strong IFX Ballistic side.
After an even opening 15 minutes, City began to take control of the match creating several chances, the best coming off a Johannes Demarzi cross that opposite winger Quentin Balhan connected with but directed over the cross bar. Minutes later, center back Ben Brewster rose up to head a perfectly placed corner but again, the shot was too high.
The goal came after a darting run from Demarzi who beat one Ballistic player to the inside and found himself in the goal box. Demarzi cut back to Marc Tonkel (filling in at the holding mid position for the injured Danny Kirkland). Tonkel finish calmly to give City the 1-0 lead. in the 30th minute.
Despite the deficit Ballistic showed no sign up giving up and battled hard to equalize. City also had a consistent strong headwind to deal with and ten minutes after taking the lead, the game was level after a long ball was misjudged by the City back line allowing Ballistic an opportunity through on goal. The Ballistic forward scored from a tight angle to level the score going into halftime.
After the half, the intensity of the game rose with several hard fouls from both teams. Things boiled over in the 70th minute after GK Austin Harms became tangled with a Ballistic forward. Several shoving matches ensued with City midfield stalwart Barry McCabe going to ground after being struck from behind by a Ballistic player. Despite being the apparent victim, McCabe was sent off along with the Ballistic player who struck him, leaving the match 10 v. 10 for the final 20 minutes.
As the match wound down, City increased attacking pressure clearly unsatisfied with the prospect of a draw. In the 90th minute, the pressure paid off as outside back Peter Ambiel drove forward and slotted through substitute forward Gabe Silveira. Silveira hammered home to give City the 2-1 win, a fitting result on the day.
Now, City looks towards November 22 and a win or go home US Open Cup match vs. Davis Legacy. City is looking to not only advance to the next round of the Open Cup, but to avenge two 2015 losses (2-0 in May and 6-4 in July) to Davis. Davis defeated IFX Ballistic 1-0 on October 25 to advance to the 2nd round of the Open Cup tournament.
The match will be hosted at Kezar Stadium on Sunday, November 22 with kickoff at 2:00pm.
Tickets available for purchase at: https://www.classy.org/
$10 General Admission
Kids under 16: Free
SF City Members: Free