MATCH RECAP: SoCal SC opens NPSL season with a 5-1 road win
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Monday, Mar. 20, 2017) – The Southern California Sports Club started its second-ever National Premier League (NPSL) campaign with a sound road win. Playing at the LA Valley College, in Los Angeles, SoCal SC defeated expansion franchise City of Angels FC 5-1 this Saturday.
Midfielder Eric Gonzalez, one of SoCal SC’s captains, led the win scoring a brace and was selected as the Man of the Match. Fullback Alex Zaragoza, midfielder Glenn Verley and forward Edmilson Santos added one goal each. SoCal SC used returning players from its first-ever NPSL campaign as the backbone of the team, with more than half of its starters been on their second year with the club.
“It was a great debut”, said SoCal SC head coach Daniel Musatti. “The plan is always to start the season winning and it’s amazing that we did that on a road match and with such a solid performance. The team had a great intensity and finished very well. We obviously still have a lot to improve as it was only our first game. We will use everything we noticed tonight to fix what needs to be fixed for the upcoming matches”.
SoCal SC built its win in the first half, scoring all of its five goals in the starting 45 minutes. Coach Musatti putted a lot of new faces on the field for the second half and City of Angels FC scored its lone goal on a penalty kick at the 61st minute.
“Our goal was to build the result in the first half so we started putting a high pressure on them. We made seven substitutions in the second half and were able to try some new tactical formations and strategies. And the good thing is that we kept the same intensity with different players on the field. I am really pleased with the score, with the performance and with the attitude the team showed”, added Musatti.
SoCal SC will now have one week to prepare to its home opener, the Inland Empire Clasico, against rivals Deportivos Coras, on March 25th, at the Fairplex, at 6PM (PT).
Deportivo Coras has started the 2017 NPSL Season defeating City of Angels FC and Albion SC Pros. The team from Riverside currently leads the Southwest Conference, with a 2-0-0 record.
Season tickets are already on sale and can be acquired by as less as US$ 19 (SoCal Kids Club).