Oxnard is back and ready to roll
In its third straight home game, the Oxnard Guerreros spent their Easter weekend looking to get their second win of the season and they did just that off the back of Victor Estrada and his two goals, while Andre Morris was a key part of the attack as well tallying two assists in the 3-1 victory over NPSL new boys High Desert Elite.
The game got off to a quick start for the Guerreros. In the 2nd minute high pressure caused a mistake from the High Desert Elite backline allowing Morris to collect the ball and drive it into Estrada, who was able to tuck into the near post and get the night off to a good start for the home side.
The Guerreros would press on in search and it looked like the second goal was right around the corner until the 30th minute, when High Desert Elite was able to get a free kick outside of the box. A ball was lofted into the box, and a bit of miscommunication on the backline led to a handball in the area. A Penalty kick was awarded and later finished off by Amine Mouri leveling the score at 1-1 with 15 minutes to play before the halftime whistle.
High Desert Elite began to gain some momentum and looked like they may grab a second before halftime, but an off the ball foul left Estrada in pain on the floor and straight red card was pulled on Louis Trejo of High Desert Elite. This card would change the complexion of the rest of the match and give Oxnard a man advantage for the remainder of the match.
Halftime came and went and the second half presented itself with many opportunities, but High Desert Elite was able to weather the storm. Estrada then again took charge in the attacking half and pounced on a ball and volleyed it home to give his side the 2-1 lead, “As I saw the ball go out wide I wanted to just wait and see the service, and I made sure to keep an eye on the line and make sure I was onside” Estrada said. He added, “I was able to get a volley before it hit the ground and I am just happy it was able to go in”. This is Estrada’s third goal of the year and he has proved to be clinical in front of the goal when the opportunity presents itself.
It wouldn’t take long to put the game away for the Guerreros. In the 73rd minute Morris took it upon himself to create the third goal. He collected the ball and drove past the outside back of High Desert Elite and just when his space began to run out he cut it back and found Raul Gonzales and his penetrating run. Gonzales calmly tucked it away and solidified the result for Oxnard. Many more chances were created, but the score would finish at 3-1 and give Oxnard its second win of the season and propel themselves back into the conversation for top four.
“The first three games if the season we played without any practices underneath us, so really coming into this half part of the season since we are finally able to put in work” Estrada said.
The Guerreros will be at home once again next weekend for the final game of the homestand. Riverside Coras will come to town and look to avenge the 4-2 loss at the beginning of the year, while Oxnard will look to string together a couple of wins for the first time all year.
By: Gabriel Naudin