SD Loyal SC defeat Las Vegas Lights FC 4-2

Credit: SD Loyal

Credit: SD Loyal

This match turned into a goal-scoring frenzy as the San Diego Loyal earn three points in Las Vegas.

In a match, the Loyal knew they would probably win. They didn’t release their foot off the peddle at all. The Loyal have now swept the Lights this season, winning in all four of the matchups.

With the playoffs looming, the Loyal came to Vegas and got the job done to stay in playoff contention. They remain in second place with 40 points on the year. Vegas now has lost six in a row and sit in last place in the Pacific Division.

Las Vegas controlled the majority of the first 30 minutes of the match. They maintained possession long enough to eventually score the first goal of the match in the 27th minute.

That didn’t last long. San Diego knew what was at stake and wouldn’t let Vegas control the match. The Loyal responded in the 39th minute with a rebound goal from Alejandro Guido.

That goal from Guido was much needed, as he hadn’t scored in quite some time.

San Diego finished the half, playing their style and attacking the defenders. Captain Charlie Adams almost scored with a driller off the crossbar. The Loyal were inches away from a 2-1 lead heading into the half but instead were tied 1-1.

The Loyal controlled the possession 62% to 38% in the first half, with seven shots (three on-goal). Vegas finished with four shots.

It was only a matter of time until the Loyal took the lead. In the 65th minute, Tumi Moshobane snuck into the box and attempted a shot that was blocked, but then he scored off the reflection.

The Loyal wouldn’t let up. They scored again just a few minutes later to increase the lead to two.

Moshobane connected again, tallying double digits with ten goals on the season.

Vegas wanted in on the fun and put one back right after Moshobane’s second goal of the match. Cal Jennings headed one in from a distance, and the score was 3-2, Loyal. This match started to turn into a slugfest quickly.

Can you guess what happened next? You guessed it, another goal! Augustine Williams tapped in an easy one as the Loyal extended their lead again, to 4-2.

A total of six goals before the 80th minute gave the fans in attendance a great show.

San Diego dominated the second half. They did concede a goal, but it was off a brilliant header with not much any defender or keeper can do. Manager Landon Donovan and the Loyal are playing their best soccer of the season, and it’s at an important time.

Moshobane is playing lights-out, showing that this team is a real threat at any time.

The next match for the Loyal is Saturday, October 2nd, in LA against the Galaxy II.


Additional News

  • The Tacoma Defiance lost to the Phoenix Rising 2-1, to remain in a tie for fourth place with 30 points.
  • Orange County SC beat the Oakland Roots SC to stay in third and just three points shy of the Loyal.
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Chris Spiering
Chris is a graduate of the University of San Diego. He is the former Sports Editor for the USDVista newspaper. Chris is also an athlete and is huge fan of San Diego sports. Chris has covered the San Diego Loyal, and contributes regularly about the Padres.

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