California Victory Too Hot for Fuego
Fresno, CA- Despite scoring their first two goals of the season, the Fresno Fuego dropped their fourth straight exhibition match of the season 4-2 to the California Victory of the United Soccer League's 1st Division.
Midfielder Mike Munoz gave the California Victory an early 1-0 lead in the second minute of the match after he blasted a shot in the upper right corner of the goal past Fuego goalkeeper Brandon Cave. Cave surrendered all four goals against the Victory tonight.
In the 16th minute, Fresno missed a scoring opportunity on a penalty kick by forward Amaury Nunes. Nunes' shot was denied by Victory goalie Dominik Jacubek.
Fresno's first goal of the season tied the game 1-1 when forward Pablo Campos' trickled his shot past Jacubek in the 17th minute. Six minutes later (23rd) the California Victory regained the lead 2-1 after Munoz's beat a leaping Cave in the upper left corner of the goal.
After the Fuego missed a chance to tie the match in the 41st minute, the California Victory extended their lead 3-1 on a penalty kick by forward Josh Hansen. The Fuego pulled within a goal, 3-2 after midfielder Eddie Gutierrez' shot soared passed Jacubek in the in the 61st minute.
In the 79th minute, the California Victory put the match out of reach, 4-2, when forward Yuri Morales's shot rolled to the left corner post to beat Cave.
"We had a winning effort tonight, but not a winning result," said Fuego head coach Scott Alcorn. "I thought the second half was the best effort put forth from our players so far this season, but it just wasn't enough."
Three yellow cards were issued during the match. One to Victory midfielder Chuck Kim in the 38th minute and two were issued to Fuego in the 40th minute, one to midfielder Gaston Cignetti and the second to forward Amaury Nunes. Fresno defender Adan Arteaga was penalized for a slide tackle that resulted in a red card, ejecting him from the game, in the 72nd minute of the match.
Tonight's loss in front of 2,759 fans is Fresno's fourth straight exhibition match before they begin regular season play on the road April 28th against the Bakersfield Brigade.
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