As has been the case for their matches this season, the Flash scored early when #10 Justin Picou blasted a shot by the Temecula keeper just 4 minutes into the match. However, San Diego needed to lean on every bit of their experience and persistence to get a draw at Temecula on Sunday afternoon.
For the balance of the 1st period, each side had chances, but neither could net a goal and the halftime score remained 1 - nil for the visiting Flash.
In the second half, Temecula came out determined to take it to the veteran Flash team. At the 52nd minute, Temecula player #8 Durio Lasalle got ahead of the San Diego defense and put a goal by the Flash keeper to tie the match. As a new team in the National Premier Soccer League's Southwest Conference; Temecula FC almost pulled off the win against the San Diego side.
Temecula's taller players pushed the visiting teams players around and they got another goal when a ball over the top gave them the 2:1 lead with a goal by #11 Mark Ebanks (58th minute) to the delight of their fans.
At the 68th minute, Flash veteran #6 Nelson Pizarro got his second Yellow Card and was dismissed from the match; leaving the Flash a man down. Seizing the momentum, another goal by Ebanks at the 70th minute, put the score at 3:1 for the home team and seemingly put Temecula on a path to win vs the San Diego Flash.
San Diego Flash games seem to always generate a bit of controversy.
A questionable offsides call by the refs denied the Flash a goal and that woke up the San Diego players who then began to bear down with pressure; both defensively and offensively. In the 73rd minute, #23 Sergio Valle-Ortiz blasted an undeniable shot in the back of the Temecula net and it energized the San Diego players as the Flash pulled to a score of 2:3.
Then, in the next few minutes, the Flash was awarded an Indirect Goal Kick just outside the left side of the Temecula box. Ortiz again blasted a shot that went into the top right of the net and apparently tied the score. This had all the Flash fans who traveled to see their team play, jump to their feet in celebration. However, it was called "no goal" because according to the rules:
The referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising his arm above his head. He maintains his arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has touched another player or goes out of play.
Ball enters the goal
A goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal.
Unfortunately for the Flash, the ball did not touch another player and there was no goal.
Undaunted, the Flash kept up the offensive pressure. In the 86th minute, #22 Brandon Zuniga got a goal past the Temecula keeper to tie the match at 3:3. With 4 minutes of stoppage time added neither side could get the go ahead goal and the final score ended in a draw.
Many fans in the stands got more than their money's worth watching the final minutes of this exciting NPSL match.
Next San Diego Flash Match - Away
Saturday, April 19 Kickoff 6:30 pm
Central Union Stadium. El Centro, Ca.
FC Force vs San Diego Flash Soccer Club
Next San Diego Flash Home Match:
Saturday, April 26, 2014. Kickoff 6:30 pm
Mira Mesa Stadium. San Diego, Ca.
San Diego Flash Soccer Club vs Del Rey City Soccer Club
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