In a battle of north versus south, the San Diego Flash defeated the Sacramento Gold 3-1 at Westview Stadium, the Flash’s home turf last night. Sacramento is the defending National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) champions, but the Flash served notice that an attempted repeat would have to go through San Diego. The win was the seventh in as many games for the Flash.
In San Diego was Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) that sent a TV crew to cover the match. Temryss Lane was the reporter. FSC will show coverage of the match the this week on ‘Fox Soccer Report’ (which airs 4 times a week) and during ‘Fox Super Sunday Plus’ (the 2 hr live highlight show). This week is special because it is during the final weekend of the English Premier League and typically millions of people will be watching.
Clent Alexander; CEO of SD Flash Soccer Club said, “This is a huge opportunity for our Club, the Sacramento Gold and the National Premier Soccer League to be in front of tens of millions of soccer fans around the world. Through the hard work of everyone in our organization and support of our investors, is how we find ourselves in this unique position. Both clubs played well and showed the type of talent that there is in the NPSL. We thank FSC for their interest in covering this match.”
The Flash began the game strong, with Larry Emeanua (#10) scoring on a breakaway in the sixth minute of play to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Emeanua then fed Nelson Pizarro (#7) in the twenty-second minute for a second Flash goal. Ladule LoSarah (#12) completed the Flash scoring when he took control of the ball in front of the net and netted it past a diving Gold goalie.
Sacramento came out strong in the second half, threatening several times before finally scoring on a Abrahm Prado (#18) shot in the sixtieth minute of play. After the game SD Flash Head Coach Warren Barton said that the team “took [its] foot off the gas” in the second period and was unable to regain momentum from Sacramento. Several outstanding saves by Flash goalie Justin Meyers, strong play by the defense, and a little luck when a Gold goal was negated by a hand ball kept the visitors from drawing any closer.
Next Match: The SD Flash host Rattlers FC of Lancaster in San Diego – 3pm Sunday, May 22, 2011.