Dragons FC Beat Fresno Fuego 2-1
The Dragons Move Within One Victory of Securing a Playoff Spot for the 2nd Consecutive Season
A Khalid Arramdani goal and a Danny Musovski conversion on a 85th minute penalty kick were enough for the Dragons to defeat the Fuego 2-1 on Friday night at Dragons Stadium before a paid crowd of 1,734. With Fresno already having clinched the Central Pacific Division before this game, the Dragons victory sets the two teams on a collision course to meet again in the First Round of the PDL Playoffs if the Dragons can secure a win in one of their last two games of the regular season.
The game was a chippy affair and started off well for the visitors. In the 4th minute, Fresno struck first on the counterattack. Fuego midfielder Diego Medina received the ball on the right wing, eluded two Dragons defenders and shot the ball just inside the far post giving the Fuego an early 1-0 lead.
The Dragons responded well as they slowly began to take control of the game with Fresno only looking dangerous for short periods during the rest of the half. Dragons forward Khalid Arramdani had a number of half chances as he began to stretch the Fuego defense and cause them problems. The visitors took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
The 2nd half continued to be a feisty exhibition of soccer as both teams combined for six cautions throughout the game. The Dragons seemed to be controlling the play when Arramdani received a pass on the left wing, beat a Fuego defender and tucked the ball inside the far post from a tough angle, beating Fuego goalkeeper Matias Fernandez and knotting the score at one. It was the speedy forward’s third of the season and one that was well deserved as he was a nuisance to the Fresno defense all evening.
As the Dragons kept pressing for the equalizer, forward Danny Musovski was taken down in the penalty box in the 85th minute, giving the Dragons a penalty kick. Musovski, the Dragons leading scorer, would step up to take the spot kick and he buried it into the left corner giving the Dragons the 2-1 lead. It was Musovski’s 6th of the season in only six games played for the UNLV striker.
The Dragons would endure some tense moments late, but the defense held and Burlingame took home the crucial three points. With that victory, Burlingame solidifies their hold on second place in the Central Pacific Division. With the top two teams making the playoffs, the Dragons can clinch a playoff spot with a victory on Sunday afternoon against the Las Vegas Mobsters at Dragons Stadium. Game time is 3pm
Sunday is Community Day for the Dragons organization. Everyone in attendance will receive a free piece of Blue Line Pizza, chips and a drink. Tickets can be purchased at www.burlingamedragons.com.