Temecula, CA — Quail’s chances of sneaking into the playoffs for the first time in clubs history were given a boost by a 1-1 draw against undefeated FC Arizona on Saturday, in a match which saw the Quails send a message to the football community of just how good this years squad is. There is no doubt this is the best footballer ever being played by the Quails.
Nathan DaRosa was the first half hero with a great goal after a stunning move assisted by Sergio Lopez to give the Quails the lead. Temecula’s Byron Rivera saw his early chance beat the GK but only to rebound off the post. At that point a 2-0 lead would have seen the game off but it was not to be as FC Arizona showed they did not travel 6 hours to roll over and did hit back after converting a penalty kick just 10 minutes later.
FC Arizona defenders had their hands full with Quails forwards Bryan Orta and Nathan DaRosa who were both finding space between the lines and combining to get in behind the Arizona defense. To Arizonas credit they handled the Temecula FC attacks time and time again very well. Brent Reis in the Temecula goal had little to do for most of the 2nd half but the traveling teams best chance saw Caesar Mexia put throw on goal but Brent came off his line early and Mexia shot just wide of the left post. Temecula remain fifth, just four points out of the playoff spot with just over half the season to go.
Levins, who previously coached at Shamrock Rovers in Ireland, replaced Will Donachie as Temecula FC’s head coach 1 year ago and in his second season made some changes to the Quails roster and training and now sees his side fighting for a playoff spot and playing the best football the City of Temecula has ever seen. “I am so proud of what we achieve week to week! And this is down to the players. Credit to everyone for digging in against the adversity this club deals with in our community.~Austin Levins
Man Of The Match Nathan DaRosa. Forward scored his first goal of the season.