After a dominating performance during which SF City outshot and outposessed a scrappy San Ramon team, City couldn’t find the back of the net and gave up a crucial penalty kick late in the match which proved to be decisive as San Ramon converted the PK and held on to take the 1-0 victory.
SF City came out confident, keeping possession and pinning San Ramon deep in their half for the early portion of the match. Forward Taylor Amman and winger Johannes Demarzi both found themselves with great chances in front of goal, only to be denied by crucial blocks by the San Ramon defenders and Goalkeeper.
San Ramon struggled to gain any early possession and the waves of SF City pressure were unrelenting for the first third of the match. However, despite the early pressure City failed to overcome San Ramon’s scrappy defensive effort, leaving the score 1-0 at halftime.
The second half began in similar fashion to the first, with SF City pinning San Ramon deep and creating multiple point blank chances only to be denied to goalkeeping heroics and clearances off the line.
With City failing to find the back of the net and San Ramon looking to disrupt SF City’s rhythm, the game threatened to get out of hand with multiple fouls and cards issued and SF City player Drew Hutchins forced to leave the match bloodied after sustaining an elbow to the head.
After thwarting SF City’s continuous pressure for 75 minutes, San Ramon began to take more possession and creating attacking opportunities of their own.
After a melee in front of San Ramon’s goal where 2 SF City shots were blocked off the line, two San Ramon players found themselves through on goal as City defender Drew Hutchins desperately attempted a saving tackle which brought down the streaking San Ramon player. The referee instantly pointed to the penalty spot and San Ramon cooly converted to take the decisive 1-0 lead.
With the loss, SF City falls to 7-2 leaving the door open for Davis Legacy to overtake City at the top of the table and become NorCal Premier Spring League champions should they win their final two matches.
NORCAL PREMIER SUMMER LEAGUE PLAY BEGINS SATURDAY 6/6 AGAINST PLEASANTON BALLISTIC UNITED!
SF City returns to Kezar Stadium to face a familiar foe, Pleasanton Ballistic United (BUSC), to open NorCal Premier Summer League play on June 6! The match will kickoff at 4:00 p.m. admission is $5 general admission and free for children under 16 and SF City FC members.
Pleasanton BUSC is one of the oldest and most successful clubs in Northern California and will look to field a squad of longtime BUSC players and players returning to BUSC from a variety of college programs throughout the United States.
The last time the two Clubs met, SF City relied on a come from behind effort and a stunning last minute goal from midfielder George Plakorus to erase a 2-1 Pleasanton lead and take a 3-2 SF City victory. Pleasanton BUSC will be hungry for revenge as they return to Kezar to kick off NorCal Premier Summer League play.
The NorCal Premier Summer League will feature a six game schedule leading into a playoff and championship round in late July, culminating with a SuperCopa playoff against the US Club Southern California Premier League Champion.
With 24 teams competing, many of which will feature active NCAA Division I and II college players on break from their collegiate seasons, the NorCal Summer league promises to be an exciting and formidable competition for SF City as the Club hopes to continue a successful 2015 campaign.