Winds FC topped Real Sociedad Royals of the So Cal Premier League on Saturday, April 8 at the Lake Forest Sports Park in US Adult Soccer National Amateur Cup qualifying.
The game was tight from beginning to end, with the only goal coming on a penalty kick in the first half, called for a handball in the box.
Real Sociedad Royals were maimed early in the second half, with a defender getting red carded for a tackle from behind on a goal-scoring opportunity for Winds FC. The play was setup by a through ball, in which the Winds FC striker broke through and was 1v1 with the keeper. He was stopped just outside of the 18 yard box, from behind, prompting the referee to eject the Real Sociedad defender.
Winds FC hit the bar in the second half, and created opportunities but was unable to convert on a number of chances, thus relying on its defense to contain Real Sociedad. The Winds FC rival went down to 9 men in the second half after a player disputed with the referee, needing to be held physically back by fellow players, and by coaching staff once sent to the sideline.
The disputed call came on a side tackle on what was interpreted by Real Sociedad as a goal-scoring opportunity, thus requiring a red card be applied similarly to the Winds FC defender. The tackle occurred near the right flank, corner edge of the 18 yard box.
Real Sociedad disputed that call along with a handball in the box that was deemed unintentional by the referee. The play involved a shot on goal and a diving, outstretched Winds FC defender with arms behind him.
Overall, it was a very tight match for both clubs, with Winds FC managing to inch out a win though not displaying the best football, by failing to convert chances, but creating just enough situations including a red card and penalty kick, to impact and turn the game in their favor.