BYU earns draw with Real Colorado in PDL home opener

June 5th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

Jace Green notched two goals, and BYU earned a point in the first home match of its Premier Development League campaign with a 2-2 draw against Real Colorado on Friday night at South Field in Provo.

Green scored both goals in the first half for BYU (0-2-2), which lost to Colorado 2-0 on May 8 in the first game of the season. The Cougars earned their second-consecutive result after gutting out a 0-0 draw at FC Tucson on May 23.

“(Green) was committed tonight to make sure he was around to score goals, and fighting for the ball,” BYU coach Chris Watkins said. “He’s a finesse player, and even though it was physical, he bounced back nice tonight.”

Green opened the scoring for BYU less than 12 minutes into the match, nodding home a header from inside the six-yard box after Pedro Vasconcelos fed him a cross from nearly 30 yards away.

But the Foxes equalized only 10 minutes later when the Cougars were whistled for a foul in the box, as Colorado forward Danny Arrubla crumpled to the ground to draw a penalty kick. Foxes captain Jeff Jennings stepped up to the spot, and calmly slotted him a goal inside the left post by diving goalkeeper Brenden Ottman.

But the tie would barely last five minutes. After Miguel Jaime’s goal is waived offside, BYU took the quick restart to finish off a counter-attacking from Winston Sorhaitz to Green for the latter’s second of the night.

The Foxes would come back again, but  not before Ottman stoned Jennings on a second penalty call — and Colorado had another goal ruled offside around the 35th minute.

Real Colorado tied it up in the 41st minute, when Arrubla chipped an on-rushing Ottmen at the top of the box and calmly tapped in an easy goal to give the visitors a 2-2 tie at halftime.

Sorhaitz nearly had the game-winner in the 73rd minute, but his attempted redirect of Meyer’s cross fell just outside the left post and wide of frame.

BYU’s Josh Hunter, who replace Green around the hour mark, nearly scored the match-winner in the second minute of stoppage time. But his shot from distance was punched over the bar for a clean save, and both teams retreated with a draw.

Brenden Ottmen made five saves on 13 shots faced for BYU to maintain the draw. Real Colorado goalkeeper Miguel Rosales had three saves on 15 shots faced.

BYU posted a 72 percent passing accuracy on the night, nearly 20 percentage points above where they passed in the first meeting against Colorado — when a winter snowstorm derailed one of the two meetings on the weekend.

“We’d like to be around 80, but that’s not bad,” Watkins said. “We’re on the right trend.”

BYU and Real Colorado will play again Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at South Field.

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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