SANTA CRUZ — The San Francisco Glens saw their unbeaten streak snapped at four games on Sunday as the host Santa Cruz Breakers pulled away in the second half, 5-1.
Playing without leading scorer Marco Iubel, winger Julio Gonzalez Ponce, and defender Aydan Bowers, San Francisco was not at full strength, and it showed as the game progressed.
The Breakers opened the scoring in the 18th minute when a counter-attack off a Glens turnover led to a 1-0 Santa Cruz lead. However, in the 36th minute, San Francisco drew a penalty kick and Yohannes Harish was true from the spot to level the score for the visitors, earning our Carlsberg Play of the Game.
But Santa Cruz would again take advantage of a ball-handling miscue at midfield by the Glens and convert a 2-on-1 situation into a go-ahead goal just three minutes before halftime.
Three more scores in the final 45 minutes put the game away for the Breakers. Tyler Moss earned Man of the Match presented by Thomas Quinn Law honors for making several clearances and playing with the same intensity to the final whistle.
“I thought we were on them the first 30 minutes, but once the scoreline starts going, it comes down to mentality,” said head coach Javier Ayala-Hil in the postgame Coach’s Corner presented by Rubica. “That's what it comes down to, your mental state in a given match. It's how you keep approaching the game. We have two weeks now to work on that for the next one.”
The Glens missed an opportunity to move into second place in the Southwest Division with a win. Now they continue their road trip on Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. against the SoCal Seahorses at Whittier College. The team will return to Boxer on Sunday, June 30th against the Ventura County Fusion at 1 p.m.
About San Francisco Glens Soccer Club
Founded in 1961 by the Irish-American community, the Glens have been a mainstay of the San Francisco soccer landscape for decades, winning a pair of local amateur titles in the historic San Francisco Soccer Football League (1979, 1993) and advancing to two National Amateur Cup finals (1979, 1990).
Today, the Glens are open to all and offer a complete club pyramid, with the addition of their USL League Two team in 2018 as the latest evidence of growth on their path to the professional ranks. Along with their youth club, SF Glens Evolution—a U.S. Soccer Development Academy member, USL Academy founding member, and NPL Club status member—the Glens are the largest soccer club in San Francisco, providing all levels of competition to over 70 teams and 1,300 players from micro soccer all the way to the USL League Two team at the top of the pyramid.
About USL League Two
A part of the United Soccer League family which also operates the USL Championship, USL League One, and Super Y-League, USL League Two (formerly the PDL) has served as the proven stepping-stone for aspiring professionals.
Over 70 percent of all MLS SuperDraft selections since 2010 have USL League Two experience, including four from the Glens in 2019 (Sam Junqua, Roy Boateng, Shinya Kadono, and Sam Ebstein—the first San Francisco club to ever have that many picked in one season.
Among the many players to have played in USL League Two before making their professional debuts include Newcastle United FC defender DeAndre Yedlin, 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Tim Melia, 2017 MLS Defender of the Year Ike Opara, 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year Corey Baird, and U.S. Men’s National Team members such as Darlington Nagbe, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Josh Sargent, and the Bay Area’s own Nick Lima