San Diego 1904 FC wins dramatic home match against Oakland Roots
Final score marks second straight home win for 1904
After 90 minutes of dramatic play, San Diego 1904 FC came out on top in this Saturday’s match against the Oakland Roots at SDCCU Stadium, with a final score of 4-3.
In a first half full of heated action under rainy skies, Billy Garton opened the score at the 25th minute of action, after a cross into the box from Dallin Cutler was slapped away on the floor by Oakland keeper Jairo Zermeno. Garton made the best of the situation with the shot which put 1904 FC on the board, 1-0.
Shortly after, Nelson Flores Blanco capitalized on a free kick attempt to double 1904’s lead, for a 2-0 score. The blast from over 30 yards out curled into the keeper’s far post and caught the net at the 29th minute of action.
Oakland got on the board 39 minutes from the starting whistle. Ryan Masch put the ball past the goal line on an assist from Yoshi Chaffin to bring the Roots closer, 2-1.
Tito Ramirez Jr. scored his third goal of the season to leave the boards at 3-1 for 1904 FC before half time. In a play which began with Moe Espinoza near the half line, the number 10 touched to Billy Garton who found Tito after a screen from number 8 Christian Enriquez. With the ball at his feet just outside the 18-yard box, Ramirez shot and beat the Roots’ keeper in stoppage time.
The second half would be just as hard-fought and dramatic. Oakland scored their second of the night after Masch received a long assist from Robert Hines II at the 68th minute. But Adonis Amaya put the game out of the visiting team’s reach with a penalty kick at 4-2 at the 80th minute.
Oakland’s Jack McInerney scored off a long corner kick to bring the Roots closer again, but it was not enough. At the final whistle, 1904 FC won 4-3. With this result, the San Diego club now holds a 2-0 record at home and a match record of 2-1 in the NISA Showcase Season.