In the searing early afternoon sun it was the Ambassadors who took the early heat to the Flash who were keen to keep their undefeated record but also put on a show for some of their most ardent female fans on Mother’s Day.
It was midfield dynamo Andy Ortega, who went on to take man of the match honors, who forced the first goal of the game on 17 minutes when his squaring ball in the area rebounded into the net off an attempted clearance from the hapless Ambassadors keeper.
This goal was the catalyst for the free-flowing, high pressure game that the Flash pride themselves on and heading to half time with a goal advantage and all the momentum, the Ambassadors were looking hard pressed to work out how to break down the NPSL Western Conference’s tightest defense.
5 minutes into the second half and the dominance of the boys in yellow was rewarded with Brennan Tennelle tucking home the ball with the goalkeeper stranded. It was hard to see the Ambassadors coming back from 2 down and after 80 minutes the result was put beyond doubt with a third goal from David Bakal with his second in two games.
After the game Flash head coach Warren Barton, who had rushed to the game after working the FOX Soccer coverage of the Barclays Premier League final day, was delighted about the results.
“I thought it was excellent from start to finish. We really had that desire, that commitment, that effort, that focus and that quality. It’s a good feeling in the camp at the moment, and they’re doing exceedingly well,” Barton said.
San Diego will next play two away games against opponents in the West-Northern Conference, with a game against North Coast Tsunami in Eureka on May 19 and against Sacramento Gold on May 27.
The final regular season meeting with teams from the North will be on June 2 when the San Francisco Stompers visit the Del Norte High School field (5pm Kick-Off). For ticket information please visit www.sandiegoflashsoccer.com
Information from SoccerNation.com was used in this report.