Davis, CA–SF City FC’s four goals weren’t enough to claim the NorCal Premier Summer League title, as Davis Legacy scored six in even match affair. With the win, Davis was crowned NorCal Premier Summer League Champions and will go on to represent NorCal in the State championship next weekend.
A little more than 24 hours after City dominated Tottenham Hotspur in East Bay, the squad traveled to Davis to face the undefeated Legacy.
From the opening kick both teams created dangerous changes with Davis hitting the post on their first attack in City’s defensive third. Several sequences later, Davis won a corner kick which resulted in a free header goal in the 5th minute of play to open the scoring.
Two minutes later, City winger George Plakorus beat his man down the left hand side and crossed back perfectly to opposite winger Antonio Lokossou who finished cleanly to tie the match.
With the equalizing goal, it appeared City had taken the initiative. Just minutes after creating the equalizer, Plakorus once again created on the left hand side again beating his man and crossing, this time finding Carlo Eikani who finished to give City the 2-1 lead.
Within 60 seconds after SFCFC taking the lead, the match was tied again at 2-2 after a questionable penalty kick call lead to the tying Davis goal.
To round off the incredible opening 20 minutes of the match, Lokossou again scored for City to take the lead only to see it evaporate after an own goal at the City defensive end led to a 3-3 score.
At 3-3 the match settled a bit however both sides continued to look dangerous with City hitting the post twice. Despite the continued offensive action, the score settled at 3-3 going into half time.
The 2nd half proved more of the same, with Davis striking first off a looping header that beat GK Daniel Boyer in the 46th minute to make it 4-3. City responded in the 55th minute as Sam Merritt finished a rebound off a Plakorus shot to once again tie the match.
City looked to have the momentum after tying the match, but Davis again took the lead off a counter attack to make it 5-4 in the 60th minute.
Down a goal and with the NorCal championship on the line, SFCFC began throwing numbers forward looking for the tying goal. Several chances materialized but none found the back of the net, with captain Danny Kirkland and Lokossou missing just wide on chances from just outside the Davis penalty box.
In the 72nd minute, it looked as though SFCFC were denied a clear penalty as winger Brian Izaguirre was taken down from behind in the penalty box as he ran on to a pass with a clear path to goal. No call came from the referee and SFCFC continued to push for the tying goal.
With numbers forward pushing to score, SFCFC was vulnerable to the dangerous Davis counter attack and with five minutes a loss of possession in the SFCFC midfield led to the sixth and final Davis goal, as Davis quickly made the most of the turnover and scored off a blazing counterattack.
Despite a final push into injury time, City couldn’t find the back of the net and the match concluded with Davis outlasting SFCFC to claim the NorCal summer league title.
Despite the loss, SF City’s successful summer season was a success on all fronts.
Thanks to all the players, members, supporters, and volunteers that help make the summer season a success!
More details about the upcoming fall season and U.S. Open Cup qualifying will be available soon.