USL Game Report
Saturday, August 15, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas – The LA Galaxy II scored three second-half goals, led by a brace from Jack McBean, to earn a 3-2 victory against the Austin Aztex on Saturday at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. Los Dos tallied twice in the game’s final minutes, capped off by McBean’s stoppage-time winner.
Austin came out of the gates firing, eager to get a goal after being shutout in its past two matches. Austin dominated possession early, with two free kicks in the first 10 minutes and an 11-1 shot advantage against Los Dos in the first half. One key moment of the game came in the third minute when the referee issues a yellow card to Galaxy goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton for fouling Trevin Caesar on a one-on-one at the edge of the penalty area.
Caesar would continue to get things started in the 26th minute when he approached the box with space in front of him. Caesar looked to pass, but fired from 28 yards out, chipping the ball over the fingertips of Galaxy II goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton and into the upper left corner of the net to put the Aztex up 1-0.
The aggressive play for Austin didn’t relent after the opening goal. Just seven minutes later, Caesar took the ball into Galaxy territory up the right side and sent a flat cross into the box. Galaxy II midfielder Jaime Villarreal slid to intercept the pass, but was called for a handball, giving a penalty kick to Austin. Defender Fernando Timbo converted the PK to put Austin up 2-0 in the 35th minute.
Both teams would get chances in the final minutes of the first half, but the match went into the break with a score of 2-0 for Austin.
Los Dos carried a sense of urgency into the second half, firing four early shots on goal at goalkeeper Devin Perales. Perales made saves on the first three, but was beaten in the 61st minute to break the shutout. Following a penalty, Los Dos quickly restarted play and caught the Aztex defense off guard. Forward Bryan Olivera lobbed the ball in to McBean in front of the net, who flicked a shot over the hands of a diving Devin Perales and into the back of the net to bring the score to 2-1 Austin.
With Austin in a must-win situation to keep its playoff hopes alive, and the Galaxy II trying to maintain a top-six spot in the West standings, Los Dos increased their attack in possession over the final 10 minutes.
Austin’s defense buckled to the mounting pressure in the 87th minute, when a chaotic scramble in front of the net resulted in a goal for Galaxy II defender Bradley Diallo. A rush of attacks followed the equalizer, with L.A. getting an extra time winner to steal the victory. A volleyed shot attempt from Rey Ortiz bounced into the ground and over the Aztex’s defense, where forward Jack McBean was there to clean up the mess, tapping the ball into the left side of the net for his second goal of the game.