LA Galaxy II (4-3-2, 13 points) earned their second consecutive shutout with a 1-0 victory at home against Austin Bold FC (3-3-2, 11 points) in the sides’ first-ever meeting on Saturday.
LA Galaxy II came out strong against Austin Bold FC, testing goalkeeper Diego Restrepo right away in the 1st minute. Frank Lopez capitalized on an Austin Bold defensive blunder to hold one back for Ethan Zubak. Zubak fired a shot on goal which was pushed wide by Restrepo. Los Dos came knocking on the door again in the 16th minute when Brian Iloski hit a rocket at goal, but it was also saved.
The Galaxy maintained most of the possession in the first half, but were unable to break through Austin’s well-structured defense. The sides entered halftime scoreless.
The match’s lone goal came in the 56th minute. Los Dos was on the counter with Zubak leading the charge. Zubak attempted to find Augustine Williams with a low cross across the box, but found Austin’s Jermaine Taylor instead who put in the back of his own net. LA Galaxy II went up by a goal.
With three points on the horizon, LA Galaxy II transitioned from an attacking game plan to a more defensive formation. The change in strategy worked as Los Dos walked away with the victory and their third clean sheet of the season.
LA Galaxy II are back at home to host Fresno FC at Dignity Health Sports Park Track & Field Stadium on Sunday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. PT.
LA – Jermaine Taylor (OG) 56’
LA – Carlos Harvey 30’
AUS – Sonny Guadarrama 36’
LA – Nick DePuy 38’
AUS – Xavier Baez 65’
AUS – Sean McFarlane 82’
LA – Justin Vom Steeg 90’+2’
LA Galaxy II: Justin Vom Steeg; Justin Fiddes, Nick DePuy, Tomas Hilliard-Arce ©, Nate Shultz; Brian Iloski, Adrian Vera, Carlos Harvey, Kai Koreniuk (Jose Hernandez 63’); Ethan Zubak (Michael Gallagher 84’), Frank Lopez (Augustine Williams 44’)
Substitutions not used: Abraham Romero, John Requejo, Ernesto Walker, Jorge Hernandez
TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 22; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 0.
Austin Bold FC: Diego Restrepo; Sean McFarlane, Amobi Okugo ©, Jermaine Taylor; Thomas de Villardi (Julian Gaines 59’), Calum Mallace (Fabien Garcia 59’), Xavier Baez, (Jorge Troncoso 67’) Sonny Guadarrama, Demar Philips; Promise Isaac, Andre Lima
Substitution not used: Juan David Ramirez, Josue Soto, Faris Abdi, Kris Tyrpak
TOTAL SHOTS: 4; SHOTS ON GOAL: 0; FOULS: 21; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 4.
Referee: Joseph Salinas
Assistant Referees: Baboucarr Jallow, Christian Lara
Fourth Official: Reyna Fonseca
- LA Galaxy II (4-3-2, 13 points) earned their second consecutive shutout with a 1-0 victory at home against Austin Bold FC (3-3-2, 11 points) in the sides’ first-ever meeting on Saturday.
- LA Galaxy II secured their third shutout of the season against Austin Bold FC.
- LA Galaxy II are 3-1-2 at home this season.
- Los Dos remain undefeated in their last five matches at home.
- Kai Koreniuk leads the team in goals this year (4).
- Brian Iloski, Emil Cuello, Ernesto Walker and Kai Koreniuk co-lead the team in assists this year (2).
- LA Galaxy II finished the 2018 USL Championship season with a 7-6-4 home record and a 3-11-3 away record.
- Next up LA Galaxy II are back at home to host Fresno FC at Dignity Health Sports Park Track & Field Stadium on Sunday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. PT.
- For more information, visit www.lagalaxy.com/2.