BYU loses first home match in PDL play, 3-2 to Albuquerque

June 11th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

The BYU men’s soccer team wrapped up the fourth match of a six-match homestand with a 3-2 loss to Mountain Division-leading Albuquerque Sol FC.

Carlos Sendin scored the first go-ahead goal of the second half for the Sol with a glancing header off a free kick in the 62nd minute, gifting the visitors a 2-1 lead on their eighth shot of the evening. Manuel Campos notched his second assist of the evening on the play.

Ricardo Zacarias scored what would prove to be the game-winner for the Sol (5-1-1) with a cheeky goal in the 70th minute, chipping a ball from inside the box past BYU goalkeeper Brenden Ottman for a 3-1 advantage.

BYU (0-3-4) pulled one back in the 78th minute, when Ariel Chavez’s pass found fellow substitute Garrett Gee with a ball to round the goalkeeper and slot home a goal that trimmed the deficit to 3-2.

The Cougars and Sol opened the match with wide-open play, and BYU was rewarded with back-to-back shots on goal by Jace Green and Jacob Ence, but Albuquerque goalkeeper Lucas Champenois turned them both away in the eighth minute. Pedro Vasconcelos then ripped BYU’s first free kick of the match just off target and into the side netting in the 18th minute.

Albuquerque struck first when Campos’ through-ball sprung teammate Sam Gleadle at the top of the box, and Gleadle, a Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy product, ran on to the end of the pass to poke the ball into the lower left corner for a 1-0 advantage in the 23rd minute.

Green nearly equalized in the 34th minute, but his in-swinging shot from the edge of the area was pushed aside by Champenois for his third save of the first half to keep the shutout. Dallin Cutler then burst into the area in the 40th minute for a one-touch shot, but Champenois clamped down for another save.

BYU equalized when Andrew Dossett’s shot from distance drew a handball against the Sol, and Green stepped up to the penalty spot to bury the ball in the back of the net to give the hosts a 1-1 halftime score.

Champenois made four of his five saves in the first half to keep the Sol from conceding, despite an 8-4 shots deficit, including 5-2 in shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes.

The Cougars finish off the month of June with its home-heavy June slate with two matches against FC Tucson next Friday and Saturday. After the two Tucson matches, BYU’s final match at South Field comes July 4 in an interdivisional matchup against Burlingame Dragons FC (4-1-1).

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 KSL.com. 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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