SAN DIEGO – There was a first goal and a first point for San Diego Loyal SC, but the hosts were denied a first win in the USL Championship by Las Vegas Lights FC in a 1-1 draw before a sellout crowd of 6,100 fans at Torero Stadium on Saturday night in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN.
The game opened with a bang as Las Vegas’ Junior Burgos stunned the crowd with a spectacular finish from 35 yards into the top-left corner of the net that left San Diego goalkeeper Jake Fenlason with little chance.
It didn’t take long for SD Loyal to hit back, however, as Charlie Adams pulled down a clearance 30 yards from goal, pushed forward and sent a low shot into the bottom-right corner to level the score in the 15th minute. Lights FC had the better chances for the remainder of the half, though, and a long-range effort by Mobi Fehr went just wide of the left post before Seku Conneh forced a save from Fenlason a few minutes later.
High pressure from Las Vegas produced a turnover and a chance early in the second half that came to Bryan de la Fuente, only for his low shot to be turned away by Fenlason. Lights FC’s Junior Sandoval then flashed a shot just wide of the left post with 19 minutes to go before Conneh’s whipped finish after a free kick landed in the penalty area clipped the outside of the right post and went wide.
San Diego had a big chance late on a mistake by Lights FC as Irvin Parra broke forward, but Ramon Martin Del Campo got back in time to block the SD Loyal forward’s shot and end the threat. Conneh also had a great chance with a minute to go as Burgos found him in space in the penalty area, but the Lights FC forward’s shot was straight at Fenlason as honors ended even.
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Junior Burgos, Las Vegas Lights FC – Burgos notched a spectacular early strike to get the visitors on top and was dangerous consistently with the ball at his feet.