Bay Cities F.C. has only existed for a few months, but in their first matchup against JASA, they already seem like a team poised for long-term success. Sunday’s historic exhibition match ended in a 2-0 victory for a young Bay Cities side.
In the first minutes of the match, Coach Arturo Orozco’s men started on the front foot. Both teams came out with a high press, but Bay Cities was better suited in keeping possession, but was unable to produce a final product.
Despite controlling possession, they struggled to stop JASA counter attacks. A dispossession in the 15th minute by JASA’s #6 on Bay Cities’ Diego Medina led to the first clear cut opportunity, a cross just out of the reach of the sliding JASA #16. Four minutes later, in the 19th minute, another dispossession found JASA on the brink of scoring. JASA’s #2 intercepted an errand pass, shifted through the defense, and forced a full extension diving save from Bay Cities’ Andres Rosales.
For such a young team, however, they composed themselves and finally produced opportunities of their own. In minute 27, a well threaded through ball by Piero Menchola of Bay Cities FC to forward Miguel Jared Najar Miranda, served as Bay Cities first chance at goal, but the forward ultimately sliced the ball wide of the net.
Nearing halftime, neither side were able to produce any chances, and the first half ended level at 0-0.
The second half started with Bay Cities dominant in possession, and the break in the deadlock finally arrived in the 60th minute. A lofted through ball to Bay Cities’ forward #18 sent him to the touchline, where he slapped a rolling cross to Bay Cities’ forward. Despite the cross a few feet behind him, he adjusted, took a couple of touches, and rifled home what would become the winning goal.
From there, Bay Cities continued to dominate. By the 76th, Bay Cities had another chance, after a penalty was called on a JASA foul off a corner. Bay Cities’ Diego Medina, who had been working from the flank all match, confidently stepped up to take the penalty, and fired it home for the insurance goal.
After putting up a solid performance in their inaugural match, Coach Arturo Orozco praised the team’s motivation. “We have been playing together for...a short time” he noted, “but you can see [the team] is so ambitious”.
Coach Orozco did also add that there are still multiple things to improve on. For next week’s matchup, he wants to improve the organization in the midfield, as well as being better in transition.
Bay Cities are set to play California Victory FC who will be making the trip south from Petaluma. Kickoff is expected to be at 5:00 on Sunday, June 13th.
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