Visiting RSJ Thump Bay Area

Real San Jose Soccer Club

(May 30, 2010) Real San Jose returned to NPSL action with a road match against Bay Area Ambassadors and took little time in finding the net by scoring three times in a wild opening 27 minutes from which the visitors emerged with a 3-1 lead. Each team added goals in the final five minutes and RSJ came away with an important three points to keep pace with Sacramento Gold which defeated Oregon Fuego the day before. Andres Cuevas scored twice with Danny Martinez and Alfredo Grijalva each adding one.

Just 10 minutes after kickoff, Martinez got RSJ off to a fast start by beating Bay Area goalkeeper Harris Smiler just outside the box and coolly scoring from 18 yards out. Cuevas increased the lead just five minutes later when picked a Bay Area defender of the ball and easily shot the ball past the stranded goalkeeper. At 20 minutes Jasko Begovic pulled a goal back for Bay Area. Begovic’s chance came at the end of a goal-mouth scramble and his hard hit shot deflected past RSJ goalkeeper Jonathan Arellano. Then three minutes later Cueves tapped in a rebound following a powerful shot from Jesus Araujo that Smiler could only knock down to the RSJ striker.

The second half was just as wide open as the first and all chances for goals were saved by the goalkeepers or narrowly missed until the 85th minute when Bay Area pulled within a single goal. Dannylo Allyon scored a 25-yard direct kick that curved over the wall and landed just inside the post. All hopes for a dramatic comeback were silenced when Grijalva headed home a pin-point crossed ball from Elimaz Sarli in the 90th minute.

“It is great to have Andy, Danny, and Alfredo completely healthy for the first time this season. In all it was a very good effort by the entire team,” said RSJ manager Nick Arellano.

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