USL2: SC Breakers split during weekend road trip to Southern California


The Santa Cruz Breakers FC came back home in good shape after splitting a pair of Southwest Division games during a weekend trip to Southern California.

The Breakers rebounded with a 3-2 win on Sunday against San Diego Zest FC after a tough 2-1 loss against the Southern California Seahorses on Friday night.

Walmer Martinez scored the first goal of the game — third of the season — in the 13th minute that gave the Breakers a 1-0 lead.

But the Zest responded back after Hanif Wright scored in the 32nd minute to tie the game at 1-all. The goal was assisted by Sung Yong Jung, his

San Diego took its first lead of the game shortly after Kazuma Suzuki made his first goal of the season in the 44th minute to give the Zest a 2-1 lead going into halftime.

Ettore Ballestracci tied the game after knocking in a goal in the 49th minute to make it 2-2. He now has a team-high five goals.

Joseph Bastian gave the Breakers back the lead when he made his first goal of the season during the 84th minute.

Theo Delaleu finished with seven saves for the Breakers, who are currently tied for second place with 13 points (4-5-1) in the Western Conference Southwest Division.

Ventura County Fusion is also in second place with 13 points and FC Golden State Force has a division-leading 22 points.  

Next up, the Breakers play against the Southern California Seahorses on Friday at Santa Cruz High at 7 p.m., which is followed by a road game against San Francisco City FC at Kezar Stadium on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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