On a non-stop rainy Saturday, AC was held to a 2-2 draw against conference leaders FC Davis. Academica came into the match in 4th place but only 3 pts behind Davis who leads the conference with 13 points in 6 matches.
The match kicked off in wet conditions and the natural grass surface was slick with the day’s rainfall. AC game out of the gates hot as they pressed Davis’ back line who struggled to handle the pressure and gave up possession in their half often. AC was able to control possession in the middle of the park as Davis was forced to go wide with their counter attacks. The Gold and Black struck first as Cody Golbad beat two defenders before he put his shot past the Davis keeper to open the scoring in the 14th min. This was Golbad’s 5th goal this season. Davis came into the game a bit more after the goal as several slips of the AC defense allowed for shots on goal but GK Alonso Lara was on hand to smother the attempts. The half time whistle blew with no change to the score line as AC went into the half with a one goal lead and the weather continued to cause problems for both teams.
The second half started much as the first with opportunities aplenty for both teams. Academica were able to secure several corners that lead to chances while Davis was accomplishing the same on the other end. The Lions got their revenge as a scramble in the AC box fell to Joe King and his deflected shot snuck into the net to equalize the match at 1-1 in the 75th min. Academica continued to push the matter in the attacking third after the goal and it paid off only minutes later as defender Arnaldo “El Tiburon” Gutierrez half volleyed a scramble in the Davis box home to take the lead again in the 79th min. This was Gutierrez’s 3rd goal of the season and his 2nd match in a row scoring.
Academica’s joy was short lived as only a couple minutes later, a free kick outside of the AC box forced a saved from Lara who could only parry it into the path of Davis’ Joe Skvarna who slotted it home to make it 2-2. AC searched for a winner but one was not to be found as the scoreline held in the torrid conditions.
The conference takes Memorial Weekend off as AC travels to Sacramento Gold on June 1st and FC Davis hosts San Ramon FC the same day. The Black and Gold return home on June 8th at 6pm as they look for revenge over El Farolito.
- San Ramon, CA
On Saturday evening, Academica traveled over the Altamont to take on San Ramon FC. Academica was just coming off an US Open Cup First Round loss to El Farolito midweek while San Ramon had dispatch Napa Valley 1-0 the previous weekend. AC and SRFC had just faced each other on April 28th, where Academica secured 3 points thanks to a late game winner to end it 3-2. SRFC was looking for revenge this match on their home field and for much of the match it looked like they might just get their desire.
From the first whistle, SRFC controlled much of the game. They were able to move the ball side to side while dealing with Academica’s high press formation. San Ramon’s Simon Rawnsley and Octavio Guzman were linking up well in SRFC’s attack and AC had trouble dealing with the duo. Their connection paid off in the 6’ when a back pass to Academica’s GK Alonso Lara resulted in a miss-hit clearance due to Rawnsley’s pressure. The ball fell to Guzman’s feet at the top of the 18 and he was able to chip it into the empty net and over the outstretched Lara. This opened up the scoring for SRFC and they kept up the pressure. AC were finding some success on the counter with Cody Golbad getting into a 1 on 1 with the goalie but his shot was saved. The score remained the same going into half time as AC looked to turn this game around.
Coach Sousa’s halftime talk seemed to boost the squad as AC came out roaring and pinned SRFC in their own half in the opening minutes. Their confidence was short lived as San Ramon struck again off the Rawnsley-Guzman connection. A long ball over the top found Rawnsley on the top of the 18 where he was able to control the ball into the path of Guzman who fired a rocket into the back of the net to make it 2-0 to SRFC in the 49’.
The game seemed to change after the goal as SRFC took their foot off the gas and AC was able to get back into the game thanks to good build up on the left wing that led to a ball across goal that Golbad was able to tap home for his 4th of the season in the 64’. Academica took control of the game from there and created multiple opportunities that came close to equalizing the match. They would have to wait till the 83’ to see their efforts rewarded as Arnaldo Gutierrez put his head on the end of a corner kick to make it 2-2. That scoreline held till the final whistle and both teams left with a point.
Academica hosts conference leaders FC Davis on May 18th at 6 pm while San Ramon travels to Wine Country to take on Sonoma Sol the same day.