San Diego Boca FC Starts 2010 NPSL Soccer Season With Tough 3-2 Loss Against Real San Jose
Missed PK haunts Boca FC in Season Opener
In a game that saw a lot of back and forth action, San Diego Boca simply came out on the short end of the stick. Some of the highlights for Boca FC included great defensive performances from Andres Canizalez and Michael Grba. On the attacking side, strong efforts were put forth by forwards Amir Vafaee and Justin Picou. The midfield was well controlled by Alvaro Baez, Sergio Villalva, and second half substitute Abraham Gomez. San Diego Boca’s goals were scored by forward Cameron Roget and Rogelio Hernandez. Jorge Gomez was unable to convert a penalty kick in the 62nd minute, which would have tied the match at 2-2.
Head Coach Elisio “Papo” Santos commented, “We worked really hard during the offseason to be able to start the season off on the right foot. Unfortunately, we couldn’t earn a victory tonight, but we played well as a team, and had a solid showing overall. Tonight’s performance was strong across the board, and it’s just a matter of correcting some basic mistakes going forward. Giving up a penalty kick in the first half slowed us down, and in the second half, missing a penalty kick certainly didn’t help matters. Outside of those specific mistakes, the guys fought hard and scored two goals, but it wasn’t enough to earn a victory or a tie. All things being said, it’s a game we could have easily won.”
President and General Manager Yan Skwara stated, “Tonight was a tough loss, but our team is going to learn from this match moving forward. We clearly let this one slip away, right out of our hands, but our guys will keep their heads up and move on to the next game. At this point, we just need to focus on our next opponent, as it’s a long season, and this is what separates the men from the boys.”
Boca FC came out strong to start the match, but did not capitalize at certain points of the match, allowing Real San Jose to slow the tempo. This permitted San Jose to gain some control and keep possession at their attacking end. Real forward Johnny Gonzalez earned a penalty kick in the 17th minute on a late tackle from Boca defender Christian Luna. Gonzalez scored the PK attempt and put the visitors up early.
San Diego Boca FC will now travel to San Francisco for its next match against another division rival, the Bay Area Ambassadors on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Boca FC will return home to Helix High Soccer Stadium to face the Oregon Fuego on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm.
Many of the Boca FC players have grown up in the San Diego area, and they are proud to represent the city of San Diego on the field.
“I expected some friends and family, but to see a crowd like this to come out and support us was something else,” commented forward Justin Picou. Picou added, “To look around and see as many people cheering you on, it really pumps you up.”
This marks the opening of the National Premier Soccer League’s ninth season. There are currently 34 member teams that are spread across the country into five divisions. MLS clubs Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls have each established reserve teams that belong to the NPSL. For further information about the NPSL, visit www.npsl.info.
San Diego Boca FC was founded in 2009 to promote and develop professional and youth soccer in the San Diego Community and across the United States. The team was named after the storied soccer club Boca Juniors out of Argentina, and will carry the tradition of promoting and developing its club through a grass roots level, and developing the young stars of tomorrow.
For additional team and ticket information visit www.sdboca.com or contact the SD Boca offices directly at (619) 221-8023.
San Diego Boca FC 2
Roget (29’), R. Hernandez (86’)
4 Corners 3
10 Penalties 6
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
April 3, 2010
Weather: Clear, 62℉
San Diego Boca FC
0 S. Gonzalez
12 Ramirez D
15 Hernandez D
5 Canizalez D
6 Villalva M
9 Vafaee F
10 Picon F
11 Roget F
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