Oakland Stompers


Oakland Wins Big In San Jose

Stompers move in to 2nd place with a 6-1 victory over Real San Jose.
Published Oct 29, 2018

On Saturday, November 3, 2018 the Oakland Stompers traveled down 880 South to take on Real San Jose for the third time in just a little over a month.

In the first match, on September 29, San Jose defeated Oakland by a 1-0 margin, in UPSL league play.  On October 20, the Stompers would get redemption via a 2-0 victory in the second round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Tournament.  The third rubber match would not be as tight of contest as the previous two.

In the 28th minute, Matheus Moraes would slot the ball to Arnulfo “PJ” Garcia Jr., PJ would beat the SJ goalie to the near post.  Garcia’s goal opened up the scoring, 1-0.

It did not take long for the Stompers to strike again, only four minutes late, Garcia found the net for the second time.  This time Moraes laid the ball off to Ali Radmand.  Radmand took the ball down the wing drawing, Jonathan Arellano, the Real San Jose goalkeeper, off of his line.  Ali put the ball in to the middle of the box.  With the ball bouncing around, PJ Garcia pounced on the ball putting it in the upper corner of the goal.

The Stompers would score their third goal in 6 minutes.  Gustavo Tavera-Rico “GTR” would step to a free kick from out wide by the sideline.  GTR caught the goalie a step too far off of his line and took a shot to the far post.  The shot hit off of the cross bar and bounced back to the oncoming Ali Radmand.  Radmand put the ball in the back of the net, putting the Stompers up 3-0, in the 34th minute.

Right before halftime, Real SJ was able to pull a goal back when Armando Camacho played a long ball from the defense.  The San Jose striker, Eddie Guerrero, took advantage of the miscommunication of the Stompers backline.  Guerrero slotted the ball in to the net to bring the score to 3-1.

The second half would continue in the Stompers favor.  A little over 10 minutes in to the half, Benji Joya would receive a pass out on the wing and send in an alley oop type pass to the back post.  Stompers striker Kahalid Arramdani rose up to the pass and placed it over the top of the goalkeeper and in to the net.  Both Joya and Arramdani had entered the game as halftime substitutions.  The score was now 4-1 Oakland.

Oakland's offense was not yet done, in the 69th minute, Zanin Mahic took the wing and dribbled in to the box.  Mahic went 1 v 1 with the GK and decided to chip the ball just over the hand of the goalkeeper and in to the net for the 5th goal for the Stompers.

To top off the night rookie Matheus Moraes drew a penalty kick after being fouled by San Jose’s goalie on another 1 v 1 situation.  Moraes stepped the penalty spot and placed the shot off of the left post and in the goal.  Matheus’s family was watching live in Brazil to witness his first regular season goal in an Oakland Stompers uniform.  His goal made the score 6-1 Stompers.

The final whistle blew and the Stompers moved in to a tie with San Jose for 2nd place in the UPSL Wild West (South) Division.  Both teams have 8 points but the Stompers have played one less game than RSJ.  The Stompers have a +10 goal differential and with the loss San Jose now sits with -3. 

Home Finale: Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Raimondi Park, 7:30 p.m. kickoff, vs. San Ramon Dynamos F.C. (Tickets)