Gold topped by rival Sol

Photo by Vanessa S. Nelson.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A promising start only led to a disappointing finish, as Sacramento Gold FC suffered a 4-1 defeat to the rival Sonoma County Sol Saturday at Capital Christian High School.

Clay Silvas got the home squad going in just the sixth minute. Matt Wiesenfarth wove through the right side of the box and fired the ball across the face of goal. All Silvas had to do was tap it in to give Sacramento a 1-0 lead.

However, about 15 minutes later, Omar Nuno began to trult assert himself on the game. After narrowly missing an opportunity in the second minute, Nuno pounced on a bouncing ball in the Gold box, slotting it in to tie it up 1-1.

Shortly after, the Sol went ahead off a cross into the box. Brenton Frame got his head to it, sending it bouncing to the left side of the goal. Gold goalkeeper Timo Arellano couldn’t get his feet reset to make the save, meaning the ball went over the line and made it 2-1 Sonoma.

Photo by Vanessa S. Nelson.

That became 3-1 just before the end of the first half when Ryan Rohane got free down the right side and rifled a breakaway shot to Arellano’s left, putting the visitors up by two goals at halftime.

Though the Gold came out firing in the second half, the hosts couldn’t get anything quite on frame. That continued attack eventually led to a gap in the defense, which Nuno was more than happy to exploit. A breakaway ended with Nuno chipping Arellano from distance and upping the Sol lead to 4-1.

Sacramento definitely had its chances to close the gap, but Sonoma goalkeeper Sean Taufer was up to the challenge, diving to stop a header by Evan Alvarez and a quick shot by Cole Alexander to preserve the three-goal lead.

The Gold will next hit the road, traveling to face Napa Valley 1839 on Saturday, May 12. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Dodd Stadium.