Historic Second Half Sees Sacramento Claim Causeway Clasico
The first ever Causeway Clasico hosted in Davis was a tale of two halves.
The first half in favor of Davis.
The second half in favor of Sacramento.
Coming into the match, FC Davis had everything to play for. With three games remaining, a win would put the team one point back in the playoff standings after a poor stretch of play that saw the team go from 4 points up to one point back for the final NPSL National Playoffs spot.
Sacramento was on the opposite end of the spectrum. Sitting in last place, the Gold were already eliminated from playoff contention.
From kick-off it appeared FC Davis came out with the intention of keeping their playoff push alive, dominating pay on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
After a flurry of chances, FC Davis was rewarded for their play when leading scorer Miguel Acevedo finished off a pass from Dash MacNamara in the 23rd minute to put Davis up 1-0.
Shortly after, Allan Espinoza had a chance that nearly went over bar which would of put the Golden Lions up 2 in a short succession.
Despite more chances, the halftime whistle blew and theh scored remained 1-0 for the home side.
“We felt the game was in our control,” said FC Davis forward Carlos Lezama. “The first 45 was mostly played in their half and all we had to do was more of the same.”
After halftime, the game turned on its head.
The Gold’s locker room adjustments saw the team go from 1-0 down to up 3-1 in a matter of 8 minutes.
Left stunned, Davis tried to claw their way back into the match only to conceded more goals.
“Pretty much a nightmare of a second half. We didn’t seem to have any answers.” said Steven Guzman.
By the end of the night the scoreline was 1-6 in favor of the Gold.
It was the largest margin of victory for Sacramento in the last five seasons while Davis, one of the best defensive teams in the conference, had their goals against average explode.
The loss puts FC Davis four points out of the final playoff spot with two games remaining.
The Golden Lions will need Sonoma Sol to drop points each other their next two games and win their next two in order to qualify for the playoffs.
This weekend the Golden Lions visit Academica SC before their home finale against first place El Farolito from San Francisco.