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Monterey Bay Comes from Behind to Defeat Memphis 901 FC Away from Home, Earns Fourth Consecutive Win in All Competitions

April 20, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
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MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Monterey Bay F.C. (4-1-2, 14 points) earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Memphis 901 FC (1-5-0, 3 points) at AutoZone Park in Memphis. Tristan Trager scored his fourth goal of the season from the penalty spot in the second half, and Alex Lara headed in the game-winner less than two minutes later to move the Crisp-and-Kelp up into sole possession of second place in the Western Conference through seven weeks. The result marks a third consecutive win in league play for Monterey Bay and extends its streak in all competitions to four.

The hosts got onto the board less than a minute into the match when a clearance off the line by Mobi Fehr smacked right off of the elbow of Alex Lara and this time over the line to give Memphis an immediate 1-0 lead - the fastest goal allowed in Monterey Bay's early history. Carlos Guzmán came close to grabbing a quick equalizer for the Crisp-and-Kelp, but his header on the end of a corner just missed over the top left corner of the framework. In the 17th minute of the match, Memphis' Marlon drove down the left side towards the box before cutting back to his right and firing on frame, but quick reflexes from Antony Siaha at the near post denied the hosts a second goal. Memphis looked to have that second goal just before the end of the first half with a volley shot by Bruno Lapa from the center of the box, but it was hit right at Siaha and caught to send the sides into the halftime break.

Still in search of the equalizer, Monterey Bay looked likely to get it just seven minutes into the second half when Morey Doner crossed a ball into a dangerous area inside the box that landed at the feet of Guzmàn, but the ensuing shot was saved by the Memphis goalkeeper. Then, Chase Boone made a move down the left sideline and crossed a ball into the box in the 56th minute of the match, but it was plucked out of the air by the keeper. Five minutes later, Doner whipped another ball into Boone inside the box, but his strong header was caught by the goalkeeper once again. The visitors earned a free kick from 35 yards out in the 67th minute of the match, and with the ball in the air, Fehr was knocked down inside the box and awarded a penalty. Finally finding the equalizer, Trager stepped up to the spot and converted the penalty to the center of the goal. Less than 90 seconds later, Monterey Bay pushed forward again to earn a corner kick. This time, Chuy Enríquez' whipped-in ball found the head of Lara, who sharply redirected it inside the far post and into the back of the net and all of a sudden the Crisp-and-Kelp owned a 2-1 lead. Enríquez almost added a third in the 84th minute of the match with a half-volley, but his right-footed shot missed over the top of the crossbar and Monterey Bay held on the rest of the way to earn the full three points on the night in true, come-from-behind fashion.

Up Next

Monterey Bay F.C. remains on the road for an in-state bout with Orange County SC on Saturday, April 27. Kickoff from Championship Soccer Stadium is set for 7 p.m. PT. Live streaming of the match will be available on ESPN+.

Golden Memorial Man of the Match

Antony Siaha earns tonight's Golden Memorial Man of the Match honors. After his side conceded an own goal less than a minute into the match, Siaha kept the Seasiders in the match with four huge saves that otherwise threatened to put the match away in favor of Memphis. Instead, Siaha erased each and every attempt on goal by the hosts in the match, allowing Monterey Bay to sneak in front late and take all the points.

Additional Notes

The own goal by Alex Lara 56 seconds into the match is now the fastest goal allowed in Club history to date, a mark previously set by Switchbacks' Juan Tejada, who scored one minute and 31 seconds into the match against MBFC at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs on July 4, 2023.

Missing the match due to injury were Simon Dawkins (knee), Max Glasser (hamstring), Xavi Gnaulati (groin), Jesse Maldonado (knee), and Grant Robinson (calf). Walmer Martínez was also unavailable for selection as he remains on league suspension.


Date: April 20, 2024

Venue: AutoZone Park; Memphis, Tennessee

Weather: Cloudy and 58 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

Memphis 901 FC 1 0 1

Monterey Bay F.C. 0 2 2

MEM: Alex Lara (own goal) 1'

MB: Tristan Trager (penalty kick) 68'

MB: Alex Lara (Chuy Enríquez) 70'


Memphis 901 FC (4-2-3-1): Tyler Deric; Akeem Ward, Abdoulaye Cissoko (Leston Paul, 58'), Carson Vom Steeg, Oscar Jimenez (Alvaro Quezada, 45'); Emerson Hyndman, Zach Duncan (Lucas Turci, 56'); Marlon, Bruno Lapa (Noe Meza, 79'), Dylan Borczak; Nighte Pickering

Subs not used: Taylor Bailey, Aren Seeger, Walid Yacoubou

Monterey Bay F.C. (4-1-4-1): Antony Siaha; Carlos Guzmán, Alex Lara, Kai Greene, Morey Doner; Rafa Baca; Chase Boone, Adrian Rebollar, Mobi Fehr, Chuy Enríquez (Jerry Ayon, 90+2'); Tristan Trager (Luther Archimède, 81')

Subs not used: Carlos Herrera, Pierce Gallaway, Ryan Dieter, Michael Gonzalez, Alex Dixon

Stats Summary: MEM / MB

Shots: 18 / 10

Shots on Goal: 4 / 5

Saves: 3 / 4

Corner Kicks: 2 / 6

Fouls: 17 / 14

Possession: 44.3% / 55.7%

Misconduct Summary

MEM: Oscar Jimenez (caution) 36'

MEM: Zach Duncan (caution) 49'

MEM: Alvaro Quezada (caution) 72'


Referee: Muhammad Hassan

Assistant Referee: Zach McWhorter

Assistant Referee: Logan Reeves

Fourth Official: Wes Caouette

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