A lot has to be said with the recent signings that Boca completed during this past week, picking up defensive starters Jose “JoJo” Coronado and Sergio Bojorquez, as they played a key role in restructuring the balance of the game for Boca. In the past three games, Boca has struggled in all facets of its game, but adding both players and strong Center-Mid Abiel Coronado changed the entire complexion for Boca as they played as a more cohesive unit.
Boca’s first goal of the night came in the 23rd minute as Forward Justin Picou was hounded by two defenders to back touchline. Nearly pushed out, he hooked the ball with a right-foot shot that curved around the Bay Area Goalkeeper, slamming the back of the net. Bay Area would respond with a more aggressive effort, pushing their backs forward and resulting in a goal in the 39th minute from Midfielder Ernesto Bernitez.
The sides would go into the half tied at 1-1, and Bay Area would be the first in the second half to find the net again. Silva Pmil in the 66th, caught the Boca defense napping with a long shot 20 yards out that had eyes straight for the back of the net. Boca seemed rattled, but surged back with a renewed fire after the second goal and vicious taunting from the Bay Area side.
11 minutes later in the 77th, a Boca corner kick was handled perfectly by Forward Carlos Lopez who snapped the ball with his head past defenders and the Bay Area keeper. After that, the momentum was completely Boca’s.
The 80th minute saw Cameron Roget, who recently returned to the pitch after a particularly hard tackle and strike to the head, recovered a cross with his chest and volleyed the ball with a one-touch shot. To seal the game came another incredibly stylish goal from Forward Justin Picou. Facing a Bay Area defender and keeper on his own, he was able to juke the defender, and then do the exact same to the keeper and power in his second goal in the 90th minute.
Head Coach Papo Santos quoted, “We played a better game overall, but I am still concerned about our goals against as we’ve allowed seven goals in the last two games. Offensively, I am pleased as four goals in one night is exactly where we want to be, and having Picou back up front is a large reason for that.”
San Diego Boca FC’s next game is Friday, May 13th away in a rematch against Freeway Series rival, the Santa Ana Winds. For more information, visit sdboca.com.