HERRIMAN, Utah – A pair of first-half goals sent the LA Galaxy II to a 2-0 victory against Real Monarchs SLC on Friday night at Zions Bank Stadium as Kai Koreniuk and Preston Judd each scored their second goals of the season for the visitors.
The Monarchs carved out the first real chance in the 10th minute as a good run down the left by Malik Johnson saw him find Ibrahim Bancé for a first-time finish that flew high of the crossbar from 10 yards. Los Dos took the lead in the 24th minute, however as off a throw-in on the right the ball came to Adrian Gonzalez, who drove into the right side of the penalty area and fired a low cross that found Koreniuk at the back post for a first-time finish.
Johnson provided another chance for the Monarchs shortly after with a clever angled ball into the penalty area that Max Mata headed down toward the right corner, only for Los Dos goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg to make a fine save. Johnson then had a chance of his own from the left side of the penalty area that went into the side-netting at the near post.
While forced to absorb some pressure, the Galaxy II doubled their advantage in the 44th minute as Jorge Hernandez played a deft through-ball with the outside of his left foot that found the gap between two defenders and allowed Judd to run on into the penalty area. Judd controlled and then slid a low finish home just inside the right post to give the visitors a two-goal lead.
Los Dos were denied a third just two minutes into the second half as first Daniel Aguirre and then Axel Picazo had shots denied by Real goalkeeper Jeffrey Dewsnup, and just before the hour-mark Koreniuk fired a shot just wide of the left post. The Monarchs then went close to pulling a goal back midway through the half as Johnson got into space but sent his finish from the left side of the penalty area wide as Vom Steeg quickly came off his line to challenge.
Judd had a chance to add his second of the game for the Galaxy II with 15 minutes to go but was well denied by Dewsnup from the top-left corner of the six-yard area, while 10 minutes later the Monarchs’ Aris Briggs fired another shot on frame that was saved by Vom Steeg. That proved the final serious threat for the hosts, however, as the Galaxy II walked away with all three points.
USLChampionship.com Man of the Match
Jorge Hernandez, LA Galaxy II – Hernandez kept up his strong start to the season with an assist and four key passes overall while also completing 23 of 28 passes and winning 3 of 3 tackles in midfield.
LA – Kai Koreniuk (Adrian Gonzalez) 24’
LA – Preston Judd (Jorge Hernandez) 44’