By Kim DeRaedt
Regals FC slept through much of the first half of its game on Saturday but fortunately, the team woke up hungry just in time for the second half of play. With a Snap, Crackle, and Pop—Regals FC put itself back on top of the Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) standings with a 2-1 victory over Galveston Pirate SC.
The match didn’t start out so satisfying for Regals FC, however, as the team stared at an empty offensive bowl early on. Indeed, it was visiting Pirate SC that chowed down on the attacking end right after the opening whistle. Justin Santibanez clinched the momentum for Galveston by firing two shots in the first 90 seconds. Santibanez’s speed continued to plague the Regals FC defense as the striker amassed his team-high six shots but couldn’t funnel any on frame.
Nevertheless, it would be Santibanez’s speed and not his shooting ability that would set up Pirate SC’s golden chance of the afternoon. Midway through the first half, Santibanez raced down the left flank and cut into the box where Regals FC defender Robert Hernandez was left with no option but to take him down as he sped by. Jonathan Yanez stepped up to the spot and tucked a mid-height penalty shot into the right side of the net as goalkeeper Marcos Sanchez fell to his left.
Short-handed Galveston found itself up 1-0 on the road against Regals FC in the 29th minute. Clearly, the team had a rough road ahead to seal the three points. Luckily, goalkeeper Eloy Aguirre was alert and agile to pounce on Cesar Silva’s point blank shot and preserve Galveston’s lead just minutes later. Aguirre’s aggressive play prevented Regals FC from completing much of its offensive ploy, while Osama Buazza’s few efforts to connect off the cross with Enrique Gonzalez failed to produce a threat on target. Find out more!