Match Report (Attendance 211)
In what was one of the most anticipated match between two teams usually on opposite ends of the table but with Arizona have a poor start and Temecula FC having a good start the match was built as a killer for Arizona if they lost. The game started out fast and furious from their start and goals came from both sides in the first half, the game finished in a 2-1 result, the scoreline is a good reflection on the manner in which the game was played and the mistakes the Quails made that lead to both goals.Temecula FC manager Austin Levins spent a frustrating night watching from the stands.
Early pressure from Temecula FC saw chances for Teague Anderson and Joey Ciochetto but nothing came out of the opportunities. Arizona took the lead after a poor give away in the Temecula FC midfield and Arizona punished the Quails to take a 1 nil lead. A couple of more opportunities would fall for both teams before Steven Lamberta equalized for Temecula FC off a scrappy bit of play in the Arizona box. The game was 1-1 at the break.
As the sun settled and the wind picked up in the 2nd half, Arizona seemed to enjoy the wind at their back and kept pumping balls into the box and making chances but not converting any of them. A mental breakdown from Tarek Nazzal trying to kick the ball into a player during a set piece for Temecula FC at midfield sent Arizona on a break where they finished well scored their second goal which proved to be the winner. The rivalry between these 2 clubs looks set to make for a great return game in Arizona June 6th for the return leg later in the season. One thing is for sure, the rest of the season will be interesting as the table starts to take shape.
Man of the Match Steven Lamberta center midfielder was great in the air and picked up his first goal of the season.