FC Davis fought the conference leaders to a stalemate through 75 minutes, only to come up short in the final quarter-hour in a tough 0-2 loss Saturday night at Playfields. Seeking to avenge an earlier 2-4 loss to the Gold, Davis battled fiercely but ultimately were unable to find the back of the net.
Although the first half saw Sacramento enjoy an edge in possession, the Golden Lions conjured the better of the scoring opportunities. Only a combination of unlucky finishing and well-timed defensive tackles kept the game scoreless heading into the break.
With everything to play for in the second half, both sides redoubled their efforts. However, it was the home side that began to turn the screw around the 60-minute mark, breaking open the Sacramento defense on several occasions.
Against the run of play, the Gold opened the scoring in the 74th minute when they seized on an errant pass by the Davis back line. Still, even at 0-1, FC Davis looked the more likely to score next, especially after winning a penalty in the 81st minute. But the game began to slip from Davis’ hands when they failed to convert from the spot, and the away side consolidated their lead with a second goal in the final minute to cap a game that was much closer than the 0-2 score line would suggest.
Despite the loss, the Golden Lions will carry momentum from a strong performance against the conference leaders into their penultimate league game away at third-place Napa Valley 1839 FC.