Second half rally lifts Monterey Bay FC to fourth straight win – Monterey Herald

MEMPHIS — On Saturday, Monterey Bay FC was alone in first place for about 30 minutes for the first time in its three-year existence in the Western Conference of the United Soccer League Championship.

Although it was short-lived, the Union’s flight home was a jubilant one after producing two goals in the second half, leading to a 2-1 victory over host Memphis – the team’s fourth straight victory.

The Union held a one-point lead in the Western Conference until defending champion Sacramento remained undefeated on the season with a 2-0 victory later in the evening over Orange County.

Sacramento is 4-0-3 for 15 points, while the Union has 14 points at 4-1-2. Although the two teams won’t meet in conference play until June 8, they will meet in Sacramento on May 7 in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

In their third game in seven days, the Union remained undefeated. They opened the US Open Cup last Wednesday with a 2-1 decision over Irvine Zeta FC to reach the round of 32.

Tristan Trager’s fourth goal of the season in the 68th minute leveled the match at 1–1, before Alex Lara produced the winning goal two minutes later with a header through the net.

Trager, who helped Charleston Battery reach the USLC title game last year, is tied for the Western Conference lead with four goals.

Antony Siaha earned his fourth win in goal with a handful of saves for the Union, visits Orange County next Saturday at 7 p.m.

Since opening the season with a win, Memphis has dropped four straight USLC matches, although it did open the US Open Cup with a win last week.

The two Western Conference rivals had met just once, last year when an Alex Dixon penalty gave Monterey Bay FC a 1-0 win.

The Union shutout Memphis in the second half behind two-time team Defensive Player of the Year Kai Greene and veteran defenseman Morey Doner.

During their current four-game winning streak, the Union defense has allowed just three goals.

Alisal graduate Jerry Ayon, who scored two goals in his debut last Wednesday, saw action in the second half.