It’s hard enough to face San Jose City FC with a full squad, which makes it even harder to face the squad undermanned.
Pajaro City United learned the hard way arriving at Evergreen College with just 10 men and losing 9-0 to the undefeated home side.
“Over time we’ve gotten to know each other and things have gotten better and better,” said Louis Bellido.
The winger Bellido got the party started in the 8th minute when he received a cross on the ground from the left side, took a touch, turned , and fired it past the goalie who just managed to get his finger tips on it.
In the 22nd minute, defenseman Dylan Carruba scored the second of the game for San Jose City FC on a well-placed header on a ball that was sent back into the box after an unsuccessful setpiece on the left side of the penalty box.
Carruba’s goal opened the floodgates.
Salifu Jatta added two more to his season total while Miguel Bermudez and Alijandro Alcaraz also added on to San Jose City FC’s lead, making it 6-0 before the halftime whistle.
“Coming off from a weekend we didn’t play, I was looking forward to this one,” Bermudez said.
As the second half began, Pajaro Valley United, had a late player come on to make it 11v11.
It didn’t do much good.
Nate Shue and Ben Reveno scored in the second frame to make it 8-0, but it was Jamison Loveless’ number 9 which was the highlight reel goal.
35 yards out from the opponents net, Loveless received the ball and immediately looked up. He saw the goalie off his far off of his line and chipped it over the opposing keeper.
The goaltender didn’t even make an effort on the perfectly placed shot.
Pajaro City United did what they could to contend with the league-leading San Jose City FC, but throughout played a chippy, aggressive game.
The game was called several minutes early after a Pajaro player made a late tackle on San Jose City’s goalkeeper Ian Valdivia resulting in an automatic red card. Minutes earlier the same player was given a warning, then a yellow card.
In all, Pajaro Valley FC received two red cards and two yellow cards in the contest compared to a clean slate from San Jose.
“They came out to aggressive for having 10 players,” Bermudez said. “We just waited for them to get tired and then we outplayed them.”