After only ten minutes, Boca Forward Cameron Roget found open space past a Flash defender, beat a second and juked the goalie to give Boca a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. Boca would hold that lead the entire first half, with both sides making attacks but neither breaking through, apart from a near-miss by Forward Carlos Lopez.
The second half saw a resurging Flash side, but was continued to be stymied by the Boca defense and goalkeeper Steve Gonzalez. The 60th minute came quicker than fans expected, with Carlos Lopez slotting a perfect setup to Cameron Roget, who would dock his second goal of the night right past the Flash keeper.
A few key Flash substitutions would give them new life to support the play of Larry Emeanua who would cut the lead to one after a solo effort in the 74th minute. As the clock ticked over to 90 minutes and the ref signaled five minutes of injury time, the game seemed to be locked up for Boca FC.
Three minutes later, Boca would see that lead shattered by a bicycle kick by Larry Emeanua that equalized the match with virtually no time on ref’s watch remaining in the game. Boca refused to give up, however, and fired back with an immediate counter-attack. Late substitute Arsim Mustafa took the ball down field into the box on the left side and knocked a pass back to Juan “Kichis” Perez who powered it into the top right corner, grazing a Flash defender and finding the back of the net.
The response was explosive and Balboa Stadium may have not been that loud since the days of Beatles concerts and Chargers games. Seconds later, the clocked ticked out and the ref’s whistle signaled the incredible celebration for Boca FC, the only team to defeat the Flash so far this season.
Head Coach Papo Santos quoted, “I could not be prouder of our players tonight. They played with full intensity every minute until the end. To win against a tough opponent takes hard work and determination, and these guys showed me that was something they were all capable of. Our playoff hopes are still alive, and now we have to focus on our long road trip this coming weekend and match against the Sonoma County Sol.”
San Diego Boca FC’s next home match is Sunday, July 3rd at 3:00 p.m. at Balboa Stadium against the Santa Ana Winds. For more information, visit sdboca.com or visit the Boca Soccer Store, located at 1919 San Diego avenue, just south of Old Town.
About American Soccer Corp. / San Diego Boca FC
San Diego Boca FC is part of the Western Division of the 38-team National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). San Diego Boca FC was founded to promote professional, amateur, and youth soccer throughout San Diego County through a grassroots approach, following that of storied Argentina club Boca Juniors. For more information, visit www.sdboca.com or www.npsl.info
San Diego Boca FC is owned and operated by American Soccer Corporation and is the only US based publicly traded soccer company. American Soccer Corp. is listed on the German Boerse Stock Exchange under the Stock Symbol: 5CR.F (Yahoo Finance/Morningstar)
Boca Soccer Store-Old Town
San Diego Boca FC owns and operates the Boca Soccer Store located in Old Town, San Diego at 1919 San Diego Ave, San Diego, Ca 92110.
Boca Soccer Store carries Lotto, Nike, Adidas, Vizari and much more. Soccer enthusiasts can browse through our selection of jerseys, cleats, balls, bags, and more. Also, come check out our ESPN Soccer Zone Lounge Area for free viewing of 2010 Champions League and 2012 Euro qualifying matches including daily Fox Soccer, Gol TV, ESPN Deportes coverage on our 55” HD TV’s.
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