NCFC fall to San Francisco, 3-1
Posted April 9
San Francisco — North Carolina FC (0-1-1, 1 pt.) dropped a heartbreaking 3-1 result to the San Francisco Deltas (1-1-0, 4 pts.) on Saturday night at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, Ca. The Deltas responded to a Tiyi Shipalane goal with tallies by Tommy Heinemann (2) and Pablo Dyego.
NCFC came out of the gates strong, trying to control the pace and create chances. The first opportunity came in the 6th minute as Shipalane crossed a ball in the box looking for Matt Fondy's diving head only to see the Delta's defense deflect the ball into corner.
The lone North Carolina goal came in the 23rd minute after a cross from Steven Miller found Peiser and rebounded towards Brian Shriver whose subsequent shot was deflected by the San Francisco defense, the South African picked up the clearance and shot it into the top right corner for the lead.
The Deltas responded immediately with a Kyle Bekker shot from distance but Brian Sylvetre, who made five saves on the night, was quick to hold on to the ball.
The remainder of the first 45 was played mostly in front of San Francisco's goal, with a chance from Shipalane in the 29th and a shot from Matt Fondy in the 31st both thwarted by Peiser.
The Delta's found the equalizer in the waning moments of the first half when Heinemann split the NCFC defense and poked the ball past Sylvestre to send the teams to the locker room all tied up.
Coming out at the half, NCFC tried to apply more pressure looking for the advantage, and the tactic almost paid dividends in the 54th minute when James Marcelin intercepted a cross from Christian Ibeagha, but his shot sailed barely past the far post.
In the 68th minute it was NCFC Captain Nazmi Albadawi's turn to look for the go-ahead tally but his shot was saved by Peiser.
The Deltas found the advantage in the 82nd minute when Dyego lobbed the ball far post from the top corner of the box over Sylvestre and into the back of the net. Eight minutes later, the home team would add an insurance goal with Heinemann chipping a Dyego through ball over North Carolina's keeper.
NCFC continued to try and shorten the gap but a stoppage time shot by second-half substiute Billy Schuler was cleared by Peiser, fixing the result at 3-1.