What do you do when you have no more chances, when you have nothing left to lose? Playoffs are on the horizon and both Riverside Coras FC and Oxnard Guerreros FC can’t lose anymore points if they want to stay on track for that playoff spot. This will be the first meeting between the two Southwest Conference clubs. The first match, scheduled during match week two, was canceled due to flooding and rescheduled for the end of this month. Both teams will be looking to grab at a very crucial three points that would help both clubs jump up in the standings.
Oxnard Guerreros FC
1-5-0 // GF: 6 // GA: 17
To get a result on the road, the Guerreros will have to be able to put one in the back of the net. The only clean sheet for OGFC this season, came in their 1-0 win at FC Arizona and since then Oxnard have allowed twelve goals. Leading the OGFC attack is Moises Orozco, who notched a goal and assist in last week’s loss to Orange County FC. Orozco has been a key player for Oxnard this season; he currently has three goals for his club and his performance against FC Arizona earned him NPSL player of the week.
Riverside Coras FC
1-4-1 // GF: 8 // GA:12
Last week Riverside traveled to Temecula to face the Quails, in the showdown for the county. After 90′ Riverside stood victorious in a thrilling 4-2 match. New head coach Robert Vidrio has started off with a bang and will need to continue this momentum if the Coras are to make the playoffs.
The Coras have been on an offensive roll, scoring nine goals in their last three matches ( including bye week friendly against Valley FC). So what changed from the team who had only scored once in the first four matches? We have seen an emergence of new wingers Romi Lomelli and Jimmy Ross, Kevin Huezo has brought an attacking flair up top and Shane Shelton has been moved further up the pitch which has helped link Riverside’s attack to a midfield that has been dominated by Eric Gonzalez and Hugo Gutierrez.
I expect to see a high scoring match this week. Both clubs have had defensive issues throughout the year and both, on average, allow multiple goals per match. The theme for this match-up is desire: who wants it more and who is willing to work for it.