(June 14, 2008) Danny Martinez scored three goals and assisted on a fourth as Real San Jose defeated the Salinas Samba in a match played at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey. Martinez leads RSJ scoring with five goals this season. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and gave RSJ one more victory than the club earned all last season, their first. The final score was 4-1.
“Danny has played well all season, but it was also great to see both our strikers score for a change. Terry (Gross) got the all-important first goal as he calmly stuck the ball inside the far post on the break,” said RSJ manager Nick Arellano.
The first goal came midway through the first half. PJ Herrera, making his first start for San Jose played a pass to the feet of Martinez, who one-timed the ball into the path of Terry Gross. Gross, who was also making his first start for RSJ, collected the ball just inside the penalty area and gave the visitors the lead that stood until the half time whistle.
The second half belonged to Martinez and RSJ. Salinas came out on the attack, in the beginning, stages of the second half and RSJ responded with dangerous counter attacks. Martinez scored twice before the Samba responded with a goal making the score 3-1. The first goal of the second half was set up by Rafa Martinez, who lofted the ball perfectly to Martinez positioned behind the Samba defense. Martinez scored his second of the match during a goalmouth scramble before the Samba found the net.
Any hopes of a dramatic Salinas comeback were dashed when Kris Menzel gave the Martinez a ball that need only be blasted into the net.
Salinas hosted the match in the newly completed 10 million dollar stadium at the college.
“It is a nice stadium, and I hope things work out so that Cain White will have a great place to call home,” said Arellano.