OAKLAND, Calif. -- Despite going up early, Sacramento Gold FC dropped a closely contested road match to CD Aguiluchos USA, 3-1 Saturday at Raimondi Park.
The Gold converted on its first chance of the game in just the fourth minute. Fardeen Shaiwany made a nice run down the right side before feeding the ball to Matt Wiesenfarth in the middle of the box. Wiesenfarth smashed it into the roof of the net to put Sacramento up 1-0 early.
Shaiwany nearly started a second Gold goal only five minutes later, when set up Gabe Padilla in the box. Padilla turned and fired a quick shot at goal, But, the Aguiluchos goalkeeper was up for the save.
Aguiluchos then countered and nearly equalized, with Simon Rawnsley getting a shot off close to the goal. The ball hit the post and bounced out, Sacramento goalkeeper Hector Grajeda pouncing on the rebound.
After Aguiluchos barely missed a close chance wide left minutes before, the home squad pulled even in the 38th minute. The referee called a penalty after an Aguiluchos player was brought down in the box. Rawnsley buried the chance to make it 1-1.
Padilla nearly made it 2-1 Gold just five minutes later with a rocket shot from just outside the box. The laser went off the crossbar and bounced right off the goal line, but not into the net.
The score was made 2-1 just five minutes into the second half. But, it wasn't in Sacramento's favor. Ricardo Guerra pounced on a loose ball to put the home squad up.
Aguiluchos then took control of the game, coming close to increasing their lead but missing a pair of wide open chances. But in the 81st minute, Sacramento was called for another penalty, which Rawnsley converted to make it 3-1.
The Gold didn't completely go without a fight. In the 87th minute, Cuevas made a nifty move to find Padilla in the box. Padilla dished the ball off to Clay Silvas, who fired a shot that looked good for goal. However, the Aguiluchos keeper was able to make the save.
Sacramento will next face Turlock's Academica on Saturday, June 2. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Academica Fields.