BYU Cougars Upset Dragons FC 1-0
The BYU Cougars traveled to the Bay Area hoping to get back into the Central Pacific Division race with a couple of good results. They came away with six points on the two game road trip, punctuated by the 1-0 victory over the Burlingame Dragons.at Dragons Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The defeat is the first regular season defeat at home in Dragons history and it thrust BYU back into the thick of things as they take over second place in the division and begin their push to make the PDL Playoffs.
The paid crowd of 2,079 watched the Dragons dominate possession for most of the day, outshooting the Cougars 13-6, but BYU made the most of a half chance that turned out to be the game-winning goal. BYU midfielder Pedro Vasconcelos took the ball approximately 40 yards from goal, lofted what looked like a cross, which was taken by a gust of wind and flew over the head of Dragons goaltender Nico Corti to give the Cougars the 1-0 lead in the 5th minute. By all accounts, it was one the Dragons and Corti wished they had back.
The Dragons would ratchet up the pressure after the goal and had numerous chances in the first half to tie the game. The best chance took place when Dragons forward Danny Musovski’s header off of a corner kick in the 26th minute, hit the cross bar. The rebound fell to defender Josh Smith, whose header traveled over the net.
In the 38th minute, midfielder Kevin Partida flicked Dragons forward Jamael Cox’s cross on to the feet of Musovski, whose shot was blocked by two BYU defenders in the six-yard box. The score at the end of a physical and chippy first half was 1-0.
In the 2nd Half, it would be more of the same as the Dragons applied hellacious offensive pressure only to see a stout Cougars defense respond to the challenge. Cougars goalkeeper Brendan Ottman was tremendous in the 2nd stanza as his point blank stop on Dragons forward Khalid Arramdani’s header in the 76th minute was the best of multiple saves that he made to keep the Cougars ahead. BYU absorbed the pressure, stayed disciplined and went on to see the game out, winning 1-0.
The win vaults the Cougars into 2nd place (4-4-3- 15 points) in the Central Pacific Division. The Dragons drop to 3rd place (4-4-1-13 points) as their record on the season dips to .500. Up next for the Dragons is another crack on San Francisco City Football Club on Friday, June 24. Kickoff is at 7pm. Tickets are available for the contest at www.burlingamedragons.com