San Diego Loyal SC has extra work to do, however the membership completed the fourth and ultimate common season in its historical past with a 2-0 win towards Las Vegas Lights FC Saturday.
Tumi Moshobane and Adrien Perez scored within the USL Championship match to clinch a third-place end within the Western Convention – and the No. 3 seed within the playoffs.
The win, SD Loyal’s second straight, earned the workforce three extra factors, on the way in which to a 16W-9L-9D file and 57 factors on the 12 months.
And now on to the playoffs. The Loyal will face sixth-seed Phoenix Rising FC in a primary spherical match at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Torero Stadium, and tickets stay on sale.
They secured the house playoff match in a win over Oakland final week. The Western quarterfinal shall be SD Loyal’s third-straight postseason look.
“We wished to complete the season on a successful streak,” head coach Nate Miller stated. “And we wished to complete the season sturdy, as a result of we all the time wish to be enjoying our greatest soccer proper now.”
In opposition to Las Vegas, Moshobane opened the scoring after a tightly contested first half. SD Loyal created a handful of scoring probabilities by Evan Conway and Ronaldo Damus, however the South African lastly discovered the online within the 56th minute.
The striker put again a low-rolling shot by Collin Martin that was blocked by Las Vegas goalkeeper Andre Zuluaga. Moshobane received the rebound and tapped it in along with his left foot for his eighth aim of the season.
Perez then discovered the online for the tenth time this season with a right-footed shot within the eighty fifth minute. The midfielder dripped up the appropriate flank and slotted his shot for the 2-0 lead.
Koke Vegas completed with one other shutout, his eighth of the season. The Loyal goalkeeper had a number of key saves towards Las Vegas, together with one wherein he was compelled to dive to dam a shot by Tyler Bagley within the thirty fifth minute.
Vegas completed the season with 2790 minutes performed, surpassing his personal single season minutes file (2712) from final 12 months.
Loyal followers additionally confirmed up en masse in Las Vegas, which didn’t go unnoticed with Miller or his workforce.
“One among our objectives the second half of the season was simply giving them particular moments,” he stated. “We hope we did it once more tonight.”