BOCA RATON, Fla — A late penalty kick conversion by Shane McInerney salvaged Boca Raton FC a point in its home opener versus Uruguay Kendall FC on Saturday night at Bobby Campbell Stadium.
With the draw Boca Raton (1-1-1, 4pts) sits in 5th place in the APSL Standings, with one less game than the leaders and just six points away.
“We are working hard and getting results,” said coach Pedro Yunes. “The team has been strong, we’ve been keeping our shape and the players have all bought in our program.”
Uruguay Kendall got on the board in the 21st minute when Jona Andrade sank a penalty kick just out of the reach of keeper Victor Hugo.
After a hard-contested match between the two teams that faced off in the 2015 APSL Championship, Boca Raton was able to earn a penalty of their own after Bruno Militz was pushed down in the box by the Uruguay Kendall defense.
McInerney was able to convert the penalty kick and give Boca Raton life as the club continued to press in the last 10 minutes of the game to get the game-winner but the stingy Uruguay Kendall defense was able to keep the game leveled.
“It was difficult,” added Stefano Bontempo. “We knew the quality of Uruguay Kendall, we’ve played them numerous times before and we knew they were a good team and that tonight would be a battle, just like all the other times.”
Boca Raton will now face Red Force FC at 5pm on Sunday, June 19 at Tropical Park.