San Jose City FC took on Ballistic SC in their final home game of the season. It was a critical match for San Jose as they were 6-1-0 in the season with 18 points. San Ramon had 2 more games left and was sitting at 12 points. The game did not get off to a good start for San Jose. Eighteen minutes in, a poor clearance by San Jose and Ballistic capitalized by scoring. San Jose rallied 3 minutes later. Uriel Ayala played Luke Andrews in and Luke put the ball in the back of the net. Less than five minutes later San Jose played a great series of one and two touch passes which Joe Kay found Luke Andrews with a pass in behind the defense. Luke put away his second goal. The first half ended with San Jose up 2-1.
The second half went back and forth for both teams each creating chances. With seventeen minutes left in the game Miguel Bermudez ran down the line from the left back position beating Ballistic defender on the dribble in a break away. Patric Burke sprinted to get in front of his defender to get on the end of Miguel’s cross to hit home the third goal. Now San Jose was catching Ballistic on the break as they tried to get back a goal. In injury time Miguel again got on the end of a long pass to get behind the Ballistic back line and served a great cross as Edgardo Cuellar raced from the central back position and dove, but his shot hit the post and bounced out and Patric Burke was there to put it in, making the final score 4-1.
This gave San Jose the league Championship two years in a row. It has been a great experience working with this group of young men this season. The season is a little over two months but it takes 10 months of preparation to run this team, said coach Charlie Hatfield. I would like to thank all the guys who played and trained over the season. We used a large number of players for we had a lot of injuries and lot of guys out of town for summer vacation.
Aaron McNells, Alex Agular, Andres Jimenez, Andrew Robertson, Aoi Hernandez, Bobby Edwards, Brandon Gillingham, Brian Field, Carlos Arroyo, Collin liberty, Edgar Benitez, Edgardo Cuellar, Eric Verso, Evan Sanchez, Gabriel Escobar, Jacob Rast, Jeremy Zielinski, Joe Kay, Juan Torres, Kyle Halehale, Kyle Schumann, Louis Bellido, Luke Andrews, Matt Golbranson, Matt Jordon, Miguel Bermudez, Patrick Burke, Rodrigo Reves-Zavalza, Ryan Caro, Sahr Mattia, Sam Agosti, Tyler Chen, Uriel Ayala.
San Jose City FC is made up of all volunteers. I would like to thank my coaching staff Orlando Betencor for his second season, and Chay Bardales for coming on board late in the season, Vania Betencor who helped with tickets at the gate, and most of all my wife Kiersten Wells who helped with tickets at the gate and puts up with me all season. I would like to also thank Angus Klein our number one fan. Harwood Orthopedics, and Toni Hodder Construction who helped sponsor the team. A big thanks to all that came out to the games to cheer us on.
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