Referee Gifts Earthquakes Win Over RSL

[ 0 ] April 22, 2012 |

Real Salt Lake fell 3-1 to San Jose Saturday night. A pair of red cards and two stoppage time goals gave the quakes the full three points.

The first half saw RSL mostly back on their heels chasing the ball and battling crosses. Nick came up big in deflecting a few good chances.
Chances on goal for Salt Lake were very few, Fabi being the only one to get a ball near the frame.

The Match turned upside in the 29th minute when Fabi, making a very bad decision, slid studs up on a challenge earning him an early trip to the junior college’s locker room.

Being down a man seemed to light a fire under RSL as they came out swinging for the rest of the first half. Unfortunately San Jose were able to net a goal in stoppage time before the half.

Second half started out with more pressure from Salt Lake and this paid off for them in the 53rd minute. Kyle Beckerman, hereafter referred to as KB5, received a pass from the outside, between Sabo’s legs and managed to dribble his way into the eighteen and sink it in the bottom corner. A great decision on Sabo’s part to let the better positioned person try for the goal.

Yellow cards were flying everywhere in the last half hour. So it stands to reason that it was only a matter of time before a call would turn decisive. In the 70th minute San Jose’s Lenhart received a through ball with Olave breathing down his neck. Lenhart decides to pull Olaves shorts and dash himself to the ground. Referee Bazakos was more than happy to oblige lenhart’s acting career by giving Olave a straight red.

Now down to nine men coach Jason Kreis made some tactical changes putting in Luis Gil for Johnny Steele, a straight midfield swap. Chris Schuler came in for Javier Morales in the 77th minute shifting to a more defensive pattern for the last 13 minutes. And Finally Paulo Jr. came in for Tony Beltran, again shifting the direction of play back forward.

Six minutes of extra time added for Lenhart dive and San Jose manages to net two more.

Whistle blows on Buck Shaw and our boys head to Dallas.

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