San Francisco, California (Friday, September 9, 2022) – Real monarchs (5-14-4 20 points) tied 2-2 with San Jose Earthquakes II on the road. In addition, the team also won their first shots from penalties in the MLS NEXT Pro game, going 4-3 behind two saves by the RSL Homegrown goaltender Gavin Beaver.
In a competitive game for San Jose, the home side hit the net early when Eduardo Blancas played the ball forward to Miles Robinson, who drove into the box before firing a shot into the back net to give the 1-0 lead just two minutes into the game. The Monarchs looked quick to equalize in the sixth minute after a long ball Eric Holt to Tyrone Mondibut Mondi’s right footed shot was saved by Earthquakes II goaltender Emmanuel Ochoa.
Ten minutes later, Mondi fired another shot from the top of the box, which was parried by Ochoa for a corner kick where he was Pedro Fonseca almost scored a header but his attempt was blocked by the defense. Earthquake II doubled their lead in the 26th minute when a bad touch came off Golden Mafwenta was taken away by Max Arfsten, who powered his shot past Beavers and into goal. Both teams traded chances and fought for possession in midfield until the half-time whistle.
Coming out of the break, the Monarchs put the pressure on San Jose, and in the 56th minute, Fonseca found space and crossed the ball into the box where it was Axel Ki rose and headed it into the back of the net. The Utah team wasn’t done yet, as Fonseca noted nine minutes later Aziz Kayondo in the box where the Ugandan hammered a shot past Ochoa for his first professional goal, leveling the game 2-2.
Real Monarchs continued to push for the winner of the game as Mondi, Fonseca and a substitute went on in the second half Jew Wellings Everyone had shots that were parried by Ochoa. Earthquakes II also had some desperate attempts, but big saves from Beavers kept the score alive, sending the teams into a shootout and eliminating San Jose from the playoffs.
Beavers made it big for the Monarchs, making two big saves to set up the moment when Kei pocketed his penalty and gave the club their first shootout win of the season in a 4-3 result.
NEXT: The Real Monarchs return to Zions Bank Stadium for their final game of the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season, hosting Rocky Mountain rivals Colorado Rapids on Hispanic Heritage Night on Sunday, September 18 at 5:00 p.m. MT 2. Tickets are available for only $5 at www.rsl.com/monarchs/tickets.
SJII: Miles Robinson (Eduardo Blancas) 2nd minute: After receiving the ball from Blancas on the wing, Robinson quickly drove into the penalty area and fired a right-footed shot into the top right corner of the goal.
SJII: Max Arfsten 26th minute: Arfsten pounced on a poor touch from Mafwenta and fired his left footed into the back net.
RM: Axel Kei (Pedro Fonseca) 56 minutes: Fonseca raced over the touchline and flicked the ball to Kei, whose header narrowly crossed the goal line.
RM: Aziz Kayondo (Pedro Fonseca, Axel Kei) 65th minute: Kei crossed the ball into the center of the box to Fonseca, who flicked it behind him to Kayondo, who fired a left footed shot into the back net.
-Aziz Kayondo scored his first professional goal when Fonseca flicked the ball to him for an equalizer in the 65th minute.
-The Monarchs eliminated San Jose from playoff contention by winning the penalty shootout.
Fit: Real monarchs at San Jose Earthquakes II
Points overview: 1 2 F PK
San Jose Earthquake II 2 0 2 (3)
SJII: Miles Robinson (Eduardo Blancas) 2′
RM: Axel Kei (Pedro Fonseca) 56′
RM: Aziz Kayondo (Pedro Fonseca) 65′
True Monarchs (3-4-3): Gavin Beaver; Jaziel Orozco, Zack Farnsworth, Erik Holt; Bode Hidalgo, Golden Mafwenta (Jude Wellings 74′), Abokye Bikyeombe (Gennaro Nigro 46′), Aziz Kayondo; Tyrone Mondi, Pedro Fonseca, and Axel Kei
Subs not used: Javier Zaragoza, Bobby Pierre, Pierre Reedy, Yekeson Subah, Benjamin Rodriguez
San Jose II Earthquake (4-3-3): Emmanuel Ochoa; Erick Reyes (Sebastian Carbajal 82′), Alejandro Cano, Casey Walls (Israel Carrillo 46′), Omar Lemus; Eduardo Blancas, Nathan Scott, Cruz Medina (Siad Haji 62′); Miles Robinson (Joaquin Eisenberg 62′), Rodolfo Castro, Max Arfsten
Subs not used: Eric de la Cerda, Giancarlo Mota Morfin, Drew Murray, George Asomani
SJII: Rodolfo Castro (caution) 24′
RM: Aziz Kayondo (caution) 45+1′
SJII: Israel Carillo (Caution) 58′
RM: Bode Hidalgo (caution) 60′
RM: Zack Farnsworth (Caution) 67′
RM: Tyrone Mondi (Caution) 80′
Assistant referees: Alberto Azpeitia, Andrew Hanks
4. Official: Michael Zapata