06/07/2018 12:44 PM
Photo Credit: Donnie Graham
The rivalry between East Bay FC Stompers and CD Aguiluchos USA is a heated one. The two clubs are separated by less than 20 miles and both claim stake to the East Bay in Alameda County. The Aguiluchos call Raimondi Park in West Oakland home and the Stompers reside in Hayward at CSUEB Pioneer Stadium.
Over the years the Aguiluchos have had a heavy handed dominance in the derby contest. The Aguiluchos have climbed their way to the top of the Golden Gate Conference last season as conference champions and have won the West region two of the last three years. The Stompers only having won once in all of the meetings. There has been a few draws in the derby contest over the years but most of the time the tight contest go in the favor of the Aguiluchos.
Earlier in the season CD Aguiluchos jumped out early to a 2-0 lead and the Stompers pulled a goal back and pushed to equalize but fell just short dropping 2-1 in Oakland. As the Aguiluchos are amongst the top of the Golden Gate Conference table and trying to return to the playoffs for the fourth straight season, the Stompers are fighting to stay alive in the playoff race.
In the early going both teams took turns possessing the ball and building up the attack. The best attack came when Aguiluchos striker Greivin Pacheco put through Jesus Maldonado on a breakaway. Maldonado went one on one with Stompers GK Luis Castro who rose to the challenge and denied the goal scoring opportunity. The Aguiluchos had a few more chances in the early part of the game but could not find the back of the net until the 36th minute; Camille Kamdem put a cross over the top of the Stompers backline finding the head of Pacheco who opened up the scoring as the Aguiluchos took a 1-0 lead.
Less than 10 minutes after Pacheco’s goal the Stompers winger Arnulfo Garcia Jr. drew a foul about 25 yards from the Aguiluchos goal. Ali Radmand stepped to the shot and placed the ball over and around the Aguiluchos wall and in to the upper right corner of the goal. Radmand’s goal equalized the game at 1-1 in the 42nd minute right before halftime.
Both sides went in to the locker rooms and came out with their halftime adjustments. The game continued with each team taking turns controlling possession and having steaks in the attack. It took Gustavo Tavera-Rico only four minutes to stamp his mark on the game subbing on in the 66th minute. In the 70th minute Tavera-Rico slotted a ball that split two Aguiluchos defenders to the Stompers halftime substitute Khalid Arramdani. Khalid did what he does best and pushed the ball by the defense with his speed and beat Aguiluchos GK Marco Villa to put the Stompers ahead 2-1. Arramdani’s first goal of the season would prove to be the game winner in the second leg of the derby.
Though the scoring was all done by the 70th minute the fireworks continued passed the final whistle. In the 80th minute Aguiluchos midfielder Ahmad Hatifie (of the Afghanistan National Team) was issued a straight red card for a punch to the face of Stompers defender Gerardo Moya during the play.
Despite being down a man the Aguiluchos were able to put together a few more attacks but nothing that could trouble the Stompers defensive core and GK Luis Castro.
The Stompers played poised looking to control possession with the man advantage. A slew of chances looked promising that the Stompers would open the lead wider but to no prevail. In the 85th minute Prince Bere broke behind the Aguiluchos back line and was taken down in the box from behind but ruled no foul by the center official and linesman. In stoppage time Gustavo Tavera-Rico took a free kick that was outside of the box and off to the righthand side of the field. Tavera-Rico's decided to shoot instead of keeping possession, the shot went over the goalkeeper and curled off of the far post. The rebound wound up back at Prince Bere's feet who blasted a shot far over the goal.
After more than five minutes of stoppage the final whistle blew and the Stompers equalized the Aguiluchos in the 2018 Alameda County Derby with both teams winning at home by a score of 2-1. This was the Stompers first victory over the Aguiluchos since 2014 when the club was located in San Francisco. Typical of a heated rivalry at the end of the match both benches were jawing back and forth with each other and a few players needing to be restrained but it was quickly broken up and no cards or ejections were issued.
The Aguiluchos still sit comfortably in second place in a playoff position and will await Academica SC next weekend at Raimondi Park in Oakland.
The Stompers will be on the road to Petaluma to take on longtime foe Sonoma County Sol in a must win match for both teams. Sonoma Sol and Stompers sit tied for 4th in the Golden Gate Conference with the advantage to the Sol on goal differential. Both teams are chasing FC Davis who holds a two point lead for the last remaining Golden Gate Conference playoff spot. The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 2-2 draw.