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Bay Cities FC Gets a Point on the Road Against ALBION San Diego

Josiah Romero scores league-leading sixth goal before being sent off with straight red
Published Jun 8, 2022

Written By Scott Matulis

 

Bay Cities FC grounded out a tough 1-1 road draw vs. ALBION San Diego on Sunday and returned home firmly in second place in NISA’s West division.  After 12 games played, Bay Cities FC has earned 18 points, scoring a NISA-leading 21 goals in the process. 

Sunday’s fixture vs. ALBION San Diego was the second time the two teams have met this season.  The first game, played at Sequoia High School stadium in Redwood City, ended in a 3-1 win for Bay Cities, the team’s first victory in NISA league play. Josiah Romero, Tony Jimenez and Anthony Orendain scored in that one to give Bay Cities the three points. 

Albion is a big, fast, physical team that likes to pressure its opponents and hit them on the counter.  Because Bay Cities is a possession-oriented side, the dynamics were sure to produce an exciting contest. The game began with ALBION surging forward and Bay Cities looking for space and connecting passes. Both teams pressed and the game got physical with Albion right back Harold Hanson bringing down Andres Jimenez one minute in.  It would be the first of 27 fouls committed by the teams during the game.  

The first scoring chance came in the 10th minute when Bay Cities' midfielder Carlos Gomez-Zavalla beat the ALBION press with a well-placed ball over the top to Josiah Romero who controlled it deftly with his right foot and rushed toward goal.  ALBION goalie Ben Roach ran out to cut off the angle and Romero pulled his shot wide left into the post. 

The first goal came four minutes later off a surgical cross from ALBION’s Pablo Peleaz that rolled across the mouth of the goal past Bay Cities goalie Alan Cruz-Gomez.  ALBION striker Alione Diakhate arrived just ahead of Bay Cities’ Victor Romero and converted the easy tap in to give ALBION a 1-0 lead. 

That lead, however, would last all of two minutes. After fighting the ball through the ALBION defense and then losing it, Bay Cities regained possession deep in the ALBION zone.  Gomez-Zavala slashed forward to the touchline to the right of goal and pulled a pass back to Romero who calmly one-timed it past Roach to knot the score at 1-1.  The goal tied Romero for first place in the NISA Golden Boot race with Chattanooga’s Markus Naglestad. Both players have six goals on the season.

Less than three minutes later, Andres Jimenez almost gave Bay Cities the lead when his strike from 25 yards out deflected off ALBION center back Daniel Vicente and almost squeaked past a wrong-footed Roach for a goal. Roach, however, was able to lunge and corral the shot to keep his team level.  

Both sides created additional chances before halftime, but neither was able to score. The second half proved to be more of the same with the game opening up and both teams threatening. Perez brought in Adolfo Trujillo to replace Edson Cardona on the right-wing. Unfortunately at the 64-minute mark, Josiah Romero, who was jostling with ALBION defender Harold Hanson at the top of the box awaiting a cross, was shown a straight red after a forceful push right in front of the referee.  It was the second time this season Romero was ejected due to a red card. 

Down to 10 men, Perez refused to park the bus and play for the tie. Instead, he brought in striker Marco Silveira for midfielder Andres Jimenez to add a punch up front.  Regardless, the last half hour of the game was spent with the ball almost exclusively in the Bay Cities half, with Jacob Penner, Danny Turgeon and Malik Shaheed scrambling to keep the ball out of Cruz-Gomez’s goal.    

The game ended 1-1 and Bay Cities returned to Redwood City with a well earned draw and point on the road.  

Next Home game: Bay Cities FC returns home on Saturday, June 18 to take on Chattanooga FC.  For tickets, click here.

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