Photo by Ruben Mora Jr.
DAVIS, Calif. – Sacramento Gold FC used incredible stretch of six unanswered goals to turn a 1-0 halftime deficit into a resounding 6-1 Causeway Classico win over FC Davis Saturday at Aggie Stadium.
Danny Cuevas and Kaba Alkebulan notched a brace, while Aroon Molina and Clay Silvas added a tally of their own.
The outcome didn't look like it'd be good for the visitors when, in the 24th minute, Dash McNamara lofted a long ball over the top of the defense. Miguel Acevedo was able to control it, run at goal and fire a shot that got past Gold goalkeeper Hector Grajeda to give Davis a 1-0 lead.
However, the second half was all Gold. In the 47th minute, Silvas stole the ball and fired a shot from about 30 yards out. Davis goalkeeper Gerardo Perez-Plata made the save, but Alkebulan pounced on the rebound and punched the ball back into the net, tying the score at 1-1.
Three minutes later, Molina decided to try his own luck from just outside the box. The ball took a high deflection off a Davis defender and Perez-Plata could not adjust in time. The slightly bizarre goal put Sacramento in front 2-1.
Three minutes after that, the Gold worked the ball into Alkebulan on the right side of the Davis box. Alkebulan's cross was deflected, with the ball bouncing near the penalty spot. DJ Villegas won the race to get there, poking the ball to Silvas, who buried a shot into the back of the net to up the lead to 3-1.
Villegas was also behind Sacramento's fourth goal in the 61st minute. After the referee whistled for a Davis free kick, the hosts tried a quick restart. But, Villegas saw it happening and intercepted the pass before playing Alkebulan on the right side. Alkebulan took it all the way to the end and fired a shot past Perez-Plata to make it 4-1 Gold.
Cuevas put the match out of reach in the later stages. In the 71st minute, he made a strong run up the lefthand side and blasted a shot into the right side of the goal, upping the count to 5-1. Ten minutes later, Cuevas leaped onto the rebound from a Roberto Mendoza shot, hitting it into the net and solidifying the resounding 6-1 scoreline.
The incredible result is just Sacramento's second win of the season yet also marks the club's largest margin of victory since a 10-0 win over the then-San Francisco Stompers nearly four years ago.
Up next for Sacramento is a Saturday, June 23 date with those same Stompers, now haling from the East Bay, in the Gold's 2018 home finale. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Capital Christian High School.