RIVERSIDE, Calif – A late goal from Damian German preserved Real Salt Lake – Arizona U-17/18’s undefeated match streak in a 1-0 win over Arsenal FC on Saturday morning at Riverside Community College.
With less than four minutes remaining, a build up play from the back sprung Ishan Atit down the left-wing, who crossed the middle of the pitch. Eric Carbajal, on top of the box, dummied the ball, letting it run to Damian German, who collected the ball, dribbled into the box and finished far post for the match-winning goal.
The win extended RSL-AZ U-17/18’s undefeated match streak to 10, one shy of the U-17/18 record set in the 2010-11 season. The victory is the fifth in a row for the U-17/18s on the road.
RSL-AZ U-17/18 jumped out to an aggressive start that they maintained throughout the entirety of the match. However, for all the possession RSL-AZ held, Arsenal FC constantly kept 10-men behind the ball, which kept RSL-AZ’s attack at bay.
Te Wihongi, Damian German, Matthias Binder, Jose Hernandez, Damian German and Corey Baird all had shots in the first half that were saved. RSL looked to finally find the breakthrough in the 40th-minute on a cross-and-header, but a player not involved in the play was called offside in a questionable call.
Arsenal FC gained confidence in the second half and forced RSL-AZ goalkeeper Chase Bishov to make a game saving kick-save stop in the 53rd-minute.
Moments before the winning goal by German, a flurry of shots from RSL-AZ all were stopped by Arsenal FC defenders.
RSL-AZ U-17/18 will put their undefeated streak to the test on Sunday morning against Real So Cal in Thousand Oaks with kick off set for 11:00 AM.
-Real Salt Lake-AZ Academy Match Report-
Match:Real Salt Lake-AZ U-17/18 vs. Arsenal FC U-17/18
Date: March 29th, 2014
Venue: Riverside Community College – Norco Camp – Stadium Field (Turf)
Kickoff: 10:00 AM PT
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RSL-AZ – Damian German (assist: Ishan Atit) – 86th minute
Real Salt Lake-AZ: Chase Bishov, Te Wihongi (Eric Carbajal – 45), Justen Glad, Erik Holt, Grant Livingston (Gui Leme – 45 (Ishan Atit – 82)), Dillon Nino, Luis Lopez, Corey Baird, Jose Hernandez (Sam Gleadle – 45), Matthias Binder (Jack Gayton – 77), Damian German