Oh how sweet it is. Coming off a three-game losing streak, Oakland responded with one of their most complete performances of the 2017 season with a 2-1 defeat of PLA expansion side Toledo Villa FC this past Saturday.
Things didn’t looking promising right from the get-go of the match, as in the 4th minute, Toledo’s Abdullah Mulatawfiq controlled an outside pass as he streaked down the flank and rocketed a volley into the opposite side of the net to give Villa the early 1-0 lead. Keeping their composure, the boys in purple settled things down and controlled possession for the majority of the half. Debut starting performances from Julian Birge (Alma) and Ludvick Asigo (Madonna) gave us a more offensive look as the Villa defense was on their heels throughout the half. After 45 minutes of play and several dangerous opportunities, the 4th minute goal proved to be to difference.