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Monterey Bay Tops New Mexico United 1-0 in Seaside, Secures Second-Consecutive Shutout

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June 3, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Monterey Bay FC News Release

SEASIDE, California – Monterey Bay F.C. (5-5-4, 19 points) defeated the current Western Conference leaders New Mexico United (7-3-1, 22 points) by a score of 1-0 on Paws at the Pitch Night at Cardinale Stadium, presented by Taylor Farms. Chuy Enríquez opened his goalscoring account for the Crisp-and-Kelp with the game-winning score in the second half, while Antony Siaha saved a penalty and influenced another PK miss enroute to a season-high seven save night.

Monterey Bay employed a high press from the first whistle in this one, a decision that led to some dangerous chances early, however none came closer than Walmer Martínez in the 9th minute. After breaking past the New Mexico back line, Martínez’ initial attempt was thwarted by the onrushing goalkeeper, only for the ball to spill back into his path. With an empty net in his sights, Martínez attempted to chest the ball down for an attempt at the opening goal, but his first touch was slightly too heavy and the ball rolled out for a goal kick. In the 22nd minute, a blunder by the New Mexico goalkeeper left the net empty after Adrian Rebollar beat him to a long ball. Rebollar worked his way around several defenders at the top-left corner of the box, but his attempt to get a shot off towards the open net was blocked. MBFC earned three consecutive corners in the 27th minute, with the third resulting in a header by Kai Greene, but it was cleared off the line despite appeals from the home side that it fully crossed the line. New Mexico United came back with three rapid fire chances of their own just past the half-hour mark, but Siaharesponded with three incredible saves to keep the visitors off the board. Michael Gonzalez fired off a shot from the top of the box that was deflected high up into the air by a New Mexico defender and looked to sneak inside the crossbar on its way down, but the goalkeeper managed to tip it up and over the bar to keep the match scoreless at the halftime break.

The home side found the opening score nearly 20 minutes into the second half. Following a leaping save in the box, Siaha perfectly distributed the ball ahead to Morey Doner down the right sideline. As he neared the top of the box, Doner whipped the ball across to Enríquez. With three defenders lurking, Enríquez saw his first attempt blocked, before quickly firing in a second attempt that beat the goalkeeper to give the…

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