Boca’s side played a reasonable first half with several solid counterattacks, while Hasental forced numerous opportunities at the net themselves. Boca fought back to get a few chances of their own on Hasental’s side, but the game would quickly devolve to a rough war on the pitch.
At the end, 18 fouls were committed by FC Hasental, and 17 by San Diego Boca FC. The fury on both sides seemed to be matched by the frustration of a Boca side that couldn’t connect in front of the net. Goalkeeper Steve Gonzalez kept Hasental locked out of any goalscoring opportunities, keeping the ball from hitting the target with fingertip saves to desperate punches.
The first truly nerve-wracking moment came in the 56th minute when a foul in the box led to a Hasental penalty kick. A solid shot to the right side was knocked away by Steve Gonzalez and two more peppered shots were dealt back by the keeper and the Boca defense.
However, Boca would get a chance at revenge in the 70th minute with a penalty kick of their own. The crowd roared as Justin Picou put in a ball that arced to the top left over the Hasental goalkeeper and make the game 1-0 as the clock ticked to the 71st minute.
From that moment to the final whistle, the momentum was at a constant shift back and forth, with neither side able to capitalize on their opportunities in front of goal. The last few minutes of stoppage time clicked off the board and Boca walked away with their second win of the 2011 season, keeping them undefeated.
General Manager Travis Chesney commented, “This is a game that could have gone either way, but at the end of the day, we got the win. That shows our character as we prepare for next weekend’s local match.”
San Diego Boca FC – 1
FC Hasental - 0
Winning Goal: Justin Picou, 70th minute