Portland, ore. – Carlos Armendariz pulled California State University, Bakersfield, one goal late in the first half, but Portland #14 held on to a 2-1 victory in front of a heralded crowd of 1010 at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex on Friday night. The Pilots scored goals in the 22na and 24º minutes to take an early lead and never lost, despite a strong second-half push from the Roadrunner attack.
“Really encouraged by the way our guys kept to a game plan and committed everything they had to this performance,” said the CSUB head coach. Richie Grant. “This is the kind of game that will undoubtedly help us at the end of the season.”
* Kevin Bonilla gave Portland the first goal of the game in 22na minute, finishing off a well-executed delivery with Sebastian Nava, with a quick flick outside the left foot inside the far post and going through a dip Filippo Dadone.
* Gurman Sangha doubled the drivers’ lead just two minutes later with a slide submission to the back post. Brandon Cambridge started the play with a low cross through the Bakersfield defense.
* The Roadrunners equalized in the final minute of the first half, when Rene Cortez’ heading in a corner was heading to the side until Carlos Armendariz put his toe on the ball, redirecting it into the nearest post to make it 2-1 Portland.
* Riders had a 7-3 lead on shots and 4-1 on corners during the first half. Dadone made three saves, while Portland’s George Tasouris stopped a shot in the frame.
* Bilal Mihoubi had a big chance over the bar in the opening moments of the second half after an abbreviated 2-0 break for the ‘Runners following a comeback from Portland in midfield.
* Filippo Dadone made four saves in the second half in 45 goalless minutes. The two teams took eight shots each in the frame.
* Carlos Armendariz’ goal was his second team leader of the season and the 10thº of his career at CSUB.
* Filippo Dadone finished with seven saves on Bakersfield’s goal, one short of his season record.
* Juan Pablo Alvarez, Rene Cortez, Harry Downing, Andres Perez de Gracia and Conor Walsh were yellow for Bakersfield. Downing’s card was his fourth yellow card of the season.
* Portland was the opponent in Bakersfield’s first Division I-level game. The Roadrunners won the game 2-1 in overtime at the 2007 Nike Portland Invitational on August 31.
* Friday night’s match was the CSUB’s first against a ranked opponent since the 2-1 loss on Aug. 29 at the Grand Canyon. The Runners’ last victory over a ranked opponent came on October 5, 2018, at The Main Soccer Field, in a 1-0 decision over the Air Force.
The CSUB returns home to kick off the Big West Conference game on Wednesday, September 28 with an Education Day matinee against the State of Sacramento. Contest starts at 11am, with tickets still available at GoRunners.com/Tickets or by calling 661.654.Blue. The Roadrunners beat the Hornets 2-0 in Sacramento a season ago.