San Jose Earthquakes Saturday game wrap: Lima and Godoy scored beautiful goals to cap Quakes win over Vancouver 3-2

March 11, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes photo: San Jose Earthquakes celebrate one of the three goals scored against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Avaya Stadium on Saturday in the 3-2 victory match for San Jose

by London Marq

SAN JOSE–The San Jose Earthquakes walked away from their first match of this season against the Montreal Montreal with a one-to-nil win. They looked to double up on wins against Canadian clubs with their second game of the season and stay in favorable position in the early season table. It was an exhilarating match, as the San Jose Earthquakes hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps on a night gorgeous night at Avaya Stadium.

It didn’t take long for the scoring to start. The opening salvo was taken by Vancouver just a minute and forty-three seconds into the game from the boot of Erik Hurtado. The Whitecaps came out in control and the Earthquakes had trouble gaining momentum. Then just shy of 15 minutes later, the Whitecaps struck again scoring on a curving goal from Nicolas Mezquida (16:22). It looked dire for San Jose, down two goals on two shots in under 20 minutes.

The turning point for the Quakes came six minutes later, when the ball broke past the back line of the Vancouver defense and San Jose had a one on one breakaway with the opposing keeper. The keeper, David Ousted, was beaten off the ball and made a last ditch effort to save the goal by tripping the forward who would have been in on goal. David Ousted was then ousted from the game with a red card, in the 23rd minute and Vancouver was down to ten men for the remainder of the match. The game was never the same.

Momentum switched immediately in San Jose’s favor, as they had a plethora of scoring chances following the red card and would capitalize eventually on a shot from the San Jose’s National Team representative, Chris Wondolowski (31:46). The Quakes never looked back. Vancouver failed to even attempt any more shots on goal for the remainder of the half, and would end up taking only four shots total. Meanwhile the shots piled up for San Jose in the second half. The Quakes went on to score two more beautiful goals in the second half. Nick Lima tied the game in the 54th minute and the game winner was delivered from Anibal Godoy in the 79th minute.

San Jose would hold on to win 3-2, getting the coveted three points on the table.

This was not just a good win for San Jose, but for Major League Soccer, who could use more games like this one. There was drama, and plenty to be excited about throughout the match.

It’s off to Sporting Kansas City for the Quakes next match on Saturday March 18th.



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