San Diego Loyal SC dropped its first residence sport in six weeks, falling to Oakland Roots SC 3-1 at Torero Stadium regardless of a first-half purpose by Evan Conway.
Conway scored within the twenty fourth minute of Wednesday’s Week 25 USL Championship matchup, however Oakland answered again with two first half targets and a 3rd late.
Conway’s purpose got here on a Kyle Vassell blocked shot. Oakland goalkeeper Pual Blanchette dove to dam Vassel’s close-range shot earlier than Conway charged the rolling ball on the rebound. It Conway’s eighth purpose of the season.
However the lead didn’t final lengthy. Juan Carlos Azocar tied the match 1-1 when he introduced down a cross by Charlie Dennis and despatched it in along with his left foot, beating Loyal goalkeeper Koke Vegas within the twenty eighth minute.
Emrah Klimenta scored the game-winner 10 minutes later for the 2-1 lead.
Oakland (7-7-12, 33 factors) held off a charging SD Loyal staff after the break. Vassell, Conway and Tumi Moshobane every had probabilities that pressured Blanchette to make standout saves.
The staff continued to stress and rallied late, however Oakland withstood the surge and finally sealed the win with an Edgardo Rito purpose on a counter assault within the 88th minute.
“It’s a superb reminder that on any given day, you don’t make all of the little performs, then you possibly can lose,” coach Landon Donovan mentioned.
SD Loyal (16-7-4, 52 factors) subsequent hits the highway for a Sept. 3 match in opposition to Monterey Bay FC. The squad stays in second place within the Western Convention because it vies for a prime spot within the playoffs.