Earning their fourth victory in a row, Boca Raton FC beat Estudiantes del Guayas at home in the Shipyard in front of 246 people on Saturday night. Despite falling behind early after a 6th-minute goal from Estudiantes’ Andres Mendes, Boca Raton rallied with the equalizing goal in the 39th minute. Boca’s Coby Burdette won the ball in the box and beat the keeper to score the home team’s first goal of the night.
The game was physical with both teams exchanging blows as well as fouls resulting in several free kicks, but the score line remained equal heading into halftime.
Boca seemed to struggle in the beginning of the second half, allowing Estudiantes to control the majority of the possession before finding their second goal thanks to some impressive play in the 58th minute. Bruno Militz crossed the ball to Gabe Taboda who sent the ball to the goal, however Estudiantes’ goal keeper spilled the ball and Burdette sent the ball to the back of the net giving Boca the lead and Burdette his second goal on the night.
“It was special to score two goals in the finals home game of the season,” said Burdette after the game. “The home crowd is always fantastic and I’m glad I was able to help in assuring we ended our home games in a positive note.”
Boca came close to scoring a third goal several times but was unable to time their runs correctly and were caught offside a few times in the final few minutes. Boca was without head coach Marcelo Castillo on the sidelines due to Castillo being thrown out before the match started, but the home team was organized and their chemistry on the field was apparent.
The victory not only represented the team’s fourth in a row, it was also the last game played at home during the regular season. “We have a great home record,” said C.J. Phelps. “We had our only loss at home, but these fans stuck with us and have taken us an as their hometown club, to me, that’s the biggest win of the season.”
Boca Raton now travels to Miami to face Miami Nacional next weekend as they embark on a 3-game road trip to close out the 2015 APSL regular season.
About Boca Raton FC:
Boca Raton Football Club is a fourth division club from Boca Raton playing in the American Premier Soccer League. In just a few months the clubs has broken APSL attendance records in both their home games and have been the most talk-about club in the league. Boca Raton FC’s goal is to be a pathway for players to compete at a high level and be part of a professional soccer atmosphere as well as bringing high-level competition to the City of Boca Raton where residents can watch a game in a safe, fun, and exciting environment.
Team 1 2 Final
Boca Raton FC 1 1 2
Estudiantes del Guayas 1 0 1
Estudiantes del Guayas: Andres Mendes 6
Boca: Colby Burdette 39’
Boca: Colby Burdette 58’
Time of match: 6:00pm
June 13, 2015
Estudiantes del Guayas: 1
Boca Raton: 1