Kevin Peach collects one of his six saves on the day. (Lyndsay Radnedge/Center Line Soccer)
SAN FRANCISCO — On paper, the odds were on FC Golden State Force coming into Boxer Stadium on Sunday afternoon and continuing their relatively unimpeded march through the USL PDL Southwest Division.
However, games are decided on the field, and despite entering the game on a three-game losing streak, the San Francisco Glens put together one of their best defensive performances of the season to hold the visitors to a 0-0 draw.
Goalkeeper Kevin Peach recorded six saves on the day, including a double stop in the 50th minute that had the crowd on its feet in appreciation and was later named Carlsberg Play of the Game. Peach, who was named Man of the Match presented by Marina McBrearty Acupuncture, was aided by a back four that refused to concede many open shots.
As the second half progressed, the Glens’ attack began to emerge on the wings, with Rei Dorwart and Diego Lopez causing the Force defense fits. In the 57th minute, SF midfielder Shinya Kadono almost scored off a rebound but lifted his shot over the crossbar. Ten minutes later, Glens midfielder Sam Junqua attempted a low shot from the edge of the box that was headed toward the net but was tipped away to force a corner kick.
The Force amassed one last assault in the final five minutes, but once again, Peach was on the case, saving two shots including a dangerous low roller in the 85th minute to ensure both teams would split the points.
Next Game on Friday
The Glens return to Boxer Stadium on Friday, July 6, when they take on the SoCal Seahorses at 5:30pm. All college students will enjoy free admission with ID. In the first meeting between the two teams, SF took an early lead before conceding the game-winner in the final moments of the game to fall 2-1. This time, the Glens hope to reverse the result on their home field.
About the San Francisco Glens
Founded in 1961, the San Francisco Glens have been a mainstay of the San Francisco soccer landscape for decades, winning numerous titles in the historic San Francisco Soccer Football League and competing for national titles throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
The addition of the San Francisco Glens’ PDL team is the latest evidence of the club’s growth. Along with the Glens’ youth club, SF Glens Evolution—a U.S. Soccer Development Academy member and official North American partner of Celtic FC’s Academy—the Glens are the largest soccer club in San Francisco, providing all levels of competition to nearly 1,300 youth and adult soccer players.
About the USL Premier Development League
A part of the United Soccer Leagues, which also operates the Division II USL, the newly-announced USL Division III, and Super Y League, the USL Premier Development League (PDL) has served as the proven stepping-stone for aspiring professionals.
Over 70 percent of all MLS SuperDraft selections since 2010 have PDL experience, including a total of 66 alums chosen in 2018. Among the many players to have played in the PDL 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, and U.S. Men’s National Team members such as Darlington Nagbe, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, and the Bay Area’s own Nick Lima.