Loyal SC Escapes One in Phoenix – NBC 7 San Diego

This hurts.

San Diego Loyal SC went to Phoenix and had a chance to beat the team with the best record in the Western Conference but gave up two goals in stoppage time and had to come home in a 2-2 draw.

In the first 90 minutes the Loyal were by far the better club.

Poway High School and University of San Diego alum Miguel Berry, who was back on loan with his home team from the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, showed off his natural ability to score with a fabulous goal.

In the 19th minute, Berry took a long serve from goalkeeper Trey Muse, used his body to fend off a defender and received a shot that went through the legs of another defender to score his first goal of the year and a 1-0 lead .

In the 71st minute, Jack Blake squeezed a shot from the top of the box and found the back of the net, giving the Loyal a 2-0 lead. That was the lead when the clock struck 90 minutes. There would be six minutes left to play.

Then everything went haywire.

Santiago Moar had a clean shot that Muse couldn’t stop, making it 2-1. Phoenix kept the attack going with a series of corner kicks. Her last attempt came with just a few seconds of playing.

Joseph Calistri stayed open behind the crowd in front of the net. His stroke somehow went through several defenders and made it equal. The loyal ones get one more point and have to leave it behind quickly. They’re playing in Orange County on Wednesday.

The good news is that they’ll play six of their seven games at the Torero Stadium after that.

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