SD Flash defeated SD Boca FC in the second round of the San Diego Derby
Soccer News: SD Flash Use Three-Goal Blitz to Defeat SD Boca FC in San Diego Derby
For fans of exciting, hard-fought NPSL soccer, the second round of the San Diego Derby between host San Diego Boca FC and visiting San Diego Flash did not disappoint. The two teams went toe-to-toe for 90 minutes and when it was over Flash had pulled off the win, thanks to a barrage of three goals in less than three minutes of the second period.
Boca more than held their own the first half, taking the initiative and bringing the action to the Flash end of the pitch again and again. Goalkeeper Nicolas Harpel was called on several times to ward off Boca attacks as the home team pushed for an opening score. At the other end Myles Marchand had to punch out several dangerous headers to keep the score at nil-nil.
At one point Flash’s Justin Picou, who played with Boca in 2011, ran onto a clearing kick by Marchand, deflecting it back toward the goal. Fortunately for Boca the ball ended up going wide left, and at the whistle the first half ended with no score.
The second half began much the same as the first, but with Flash pushing the action. Then at the 58-minute mark Boca put together an attack that finally cracked the Flash defense. Midfielder Michael Perez fired a pass to Giovanni Sandez, who put the ball past Harpel for a 1-0 Boca lead. Flash seemed momentarily stunned by the goal, and Boca continued to push for a second goal.
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The Flash managed to hold off Boca, and then with less than 15 minutes left in regulation the home side was called for a foul at the top of the box. The visitors were awarded a free kick, and Sergio Valle-Ortiz, Nelson Pizarro and former Boca player Juan “Kichi” Perez conferred as Boca built their wall. Then Valle-Ortiz, just back from MLS tryouts with the San Jose Earthquakes, squared up to take the shot. At the whistle he fired a bullet that cleared the wall and caught the upper left corner of the net for the tying goal.
“I’ve been practicing that free kick for about a month now,” said Valle-Ortiz after the game, “and this is the second one that I have scored. I knew from the start I was going to make it. As soon as I saw it I told Nelson and Kichi, ‘You know what, this is my goal. I’ve been practicing it, let me shoot it.’ Sure enough, I shot it and we tied the game.”
SD Boca FC goalkeeper Myles Marchand punches out a ball over the head of SD Flash's Ladule LoSarah
The goal seemed to break Boca’s concentration and throw them off their game plan. Just a minute later Flash’s Brennan Tennelle collected the ball and played a sharp pass into the middle to a wide-open Picou, who dove into the ball and headed it past Marchand.
“It was a great hustle play by Brennan,” Picou said. “He got to the ball and he saw me open, and it was a perfect chip. I was just thinking, ‘keep it down, keep it down,’ so I dove and it went in. I was just ecstatic. It was an awesome feeling.”
“We weren’t playing 100 percent and we knew it,” he explained, “so when they scored their goal we knew we had to step up for San Diego, for ourselves, our team. We knew we had to do it.”
The dust had barely settled when Flash broke loose again for a third goal. David Bakal brought the ball up against a defender, who dropped back ahead of him. Seeing the opportunity, Bakal struck. “I came dribbling up and saw the defender backing away,” explained Bakal, “so I decided to take a shot. I went to the corner and we got the 3-1 lead.”
Boca attempted to mount a response, but Flash maintained control and the game ended with the hosts on the short end of the 3-1 score. After the game San Diego Flash Head Coach Warren Barton talked about his team’s accomplishment.
“I thought it was superb,” said Barton. “It was a difficult first 45 minutes. Again they raised their game, they played way out of their skin, but we handled it. Our squad was magnificent. Jerome (Watson) and Jesus (Rico-Sanz) and David (Banks) have been great while I’ve been away for a few weeks. The fitness level, the ability, the quality we’ve got are outstanding. We fully deserved it today. From last season to now we’re a million times better. This one was for Clent (Flash CEO Clent Alexander).”
“Obviously we were a little nervous up front,” said Alexander, “but due to Jesus’ training and Warren’s and Jerome’s coaching, these guys came through in the final minutes. It shows the kind of determination our guys have.”
While giving up a goal was disappointing, Flash goalkeeper Harpel never had a doubt that Flash would respond. “After that goal I had no doubt about my teammates coming back because this whole season has been about having each other’s backs,” he said. “We get down and pull each other together and we go right back into the fight.
“We had the game and we let it slip out of our hands,” said a disappointed Boca CEO Yan Skwara. “We played well in the first half and in the first part of the second half, but a game is 90 minutes. “
Boca head coach Karim Ben Marzouk was philosophical about the loss. “I thought we played better,” he said. “I thought we were the better team until we broke down on that one goal. Unfortunately we are a young group and these mistakes happen. Give Flash credit, they were persistent and eventually they broke us.”
“I feel personally that when our defense took some chances and moved up to try to make offensive runs, that’s what hurt us,” said Skwara. “We needed to stay back and play a more defensive-minded game. That’s the lesson that the players have to learn. They have to learn that moving up out of the defensive position when you’re up 1-0 and have a victory in your hands is not the right move.”
SD Flash will next host the Phoenix Monsoon on Saturday, June 23, at 5:00 p.m. Boca will travel to Thousand Oaks to take on FC Hasental, also on Saturday at 5:00. Both teams play their final home games of the regular season on June 30.