CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy captured all six points against visitors San Juan Soccer Club with a 4-2 and 1-0 win in Saturday’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy double header at Grande Sports World.
Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-17/18 4-2 San Juan Soccer Club
Despite dominating the opening 20 minutes against the struggling Northwest Division side, San Juan opened the scoring in the 25th minute against the run of play thanks to a goal from Emmanuel Ramirez.
Despite continued attacks from RSL-AZ U-17/18, San Juan managed to keep their lead at the half time break.
In the 65th minute, a hand ball in the San Juan box handed a frustrated RSL-AZ a much-needed penalty chance to tie up the game, which Brooks Lennon finished to level the game at 1-1.
Four minutes later, Paul Bin crossed in from the right wing to Damian German for another goal and the well-deserved lead. Only five minutes after that, a Bin cross to Lennon extended the lead to 3-1.
Danny Acosta added his name to the score sheet in the 82nd minute, coming up from the back line to extend the lead to three goals. In the first minute of stoppage time, San Juan’s Preston Magonigal netted a consolation goal in the Claret-and-Cobalt’s 4-2 win.
Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy U-15/16 1-0 San Juan Soccer Club
Despite San Juan Soccer Club U-15/16’s equally poor results to date, they gave RSL-AZ U-15/16 just as tough a test as the 18s.
Initially, RSL-AZ looked poised to make easy work of the visitors after 15 minutes, when Robby Orona’s low cross found the boot of Alejandro Segura Parra for a rocketed shot past the San Juan keeper for the opening goal.
San Juan were able to find their composure after the first goal, keeping the 1-0 score line intact at half time.
Ten minutes into the second half, Aristotle Zarris’s darting run with the ball opened up Kris Fourcand for a shot that deflected off a defender, forcing a difficult diving save from the San Juan keeper to maintain the one-goal game.
While the Claret-and-Cobalt were kept out of the San Juan goal in the second half, the visitors failed to mount many significant scoring chances, allowing RSL-AZ to capture the 1-0 home win.
Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy’s home stand continues on Saturday, November 15 as the Claret-and-Cobalt play host to Pateadores at Grande Sports World, with the 18s kicking off on Field 3 at 10:00 a.m. followed by the 16s at 12:30 p.m.