SAN RAMON, Calif. – Sacramento Gold FC’s first ever trip to San Ramon did not go the way the visitors had hoped, as San Ramon FC defended their turf with a 4-1 result Saturday at Dougherty Valley High School.
Though the Gold controlled possession early, it was the home squad who got the better chances. First, a rebound off a free kick bounced right to Simon Rawnsley, who fired a quick shot in the box. However, Sacramento Goalkeeper Hector Grajeda was able to get down and blow the attempt.
Just a few minutes later, San Ramon made a dashing run down the left side, getting into the box. He fired a shot that went right across the face of goal, though there was no one there to punch it in.
Sacramento’s best chance of the half came in the 23rd minute. After getting the ball just above the box, Danny Cuevas flicked a clever pass onto Riley Kraft. Kraft made a move to get free and rifled a shot that the San Ramon goalkeeper was able to parry away.
San Ramon would be the first to get on the board in the 32nd minute. A series of passes eventually led to Rawnsley, whose close-range shot snuck through on the right side to put the home squad up 1-0.
That lead would be doubled in the 52nd minute thanks to an error by Sacramento’s defense. A giveaway by Selvin Bonilla near midfield led to a two-on-one chance for San Ramon. Rawnsley would receive the pass and get around an outstretched John Connolly before finishing the chance to make it 2-0.
It was déjà vu in the 61st minute, when another breakaway saw Rawnsley complete his hat trick by finishing a one-on-one chance down the middle.
The Gold didn’t give up, cutting into the lead just a few minutes later. Off a free kick, Matt Wiesenfarth got the ball deep. After getting some space, Wiesenfarth found a cutting DJ Villegas, whose quick shot rocketed into the back of the net to make it 3-1.
It nearly became 3-2 in the 70th minute off a corner kick. Mike Mazzoni corralled the ball, with the rebound falling right to Chris Christian in the box. Christian’s curling shot sailed just inches over the crossbar.
Unfortunately for the visitors, it would be the home squad who got the next goal. Off a turnover in midfield, San Ramon drove down the right side and slotted the ball to 7, who finished far post to push the lead to 4-1 – the final score.
Sacramento Gold FC will have a bye week before finally returning home to California’s capital. Sacramento will host the East Bay Stompers Saturday, April 20 at Capital Christian High School, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.