After 120 minutes of intense play, Sacramento Gold FC prevailed 3-2 over the visiting OSA FCT in the NPSL West Region quarterfinals on Saturday at Capital Christian High School.
OSA FCT got on the board first, taking advantage of an over-ambitious Gold attack, the defense was able to clear the ball to Pedro Millan, who sent a through ball to Gordley on the right side. Gordley made no mistake, slotting the ball into the left corner of the net and giving the visitors a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the game.
After Sacramento Gold tied the game in the 27th minute, Tacoma retook the lead in the 59th minute thanks to some solid passing from its captain. Carrying the ball just above the box, Matt Shaxton sent a curling ball into the box, freeing Gordley on the right side. Gordley smashed the ball by Sacramento goalkeeper John Connolly to put Tacoma up 2-1.
OSA FCT controlled the game and played a tight game, but because of some mistakes in front of the goal and bad call by the ref, Sacramento Gold was able to tie the game due to a controversial penalty kick and go on to win it.
OSA FCT returned to the bench to the clapping of all the attendants, and confident in having played a very good game.
Now Sacramento will play against San Diego Flash, vying for a spot as one of the best 8 clubs in the National league. San Diego Flash SC, is part owned by OSA Soccer Group, and is the team that OSA FCT beat in the qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open Cup.
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The OSA FCT club is now reviewing it’s very first year in the league and the many successful accomplishments that it had: the team reached the playoffs after winning the Northwest Conference, and they qualified for the U.S. Open Cup.
Looking at this first year we can tell that OSA FCT was the most successful first year club!
Stay tuned and keep following OSA FCT!
Photo Credit by Ruben Dominguez