Real Monarchs SLC Falls 1-0 in Las Vegas

Real Monarchs SLC Drops 1-0 Result to Las Vegas Lights FC
Physical Affair Sees Monarchs Drop First Match of 2019 Season
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Saturday, March 30, 2019) - Real Monarchs SLC (1-1-2, 5 points) fell to its I-15 rival Las Vegas Lights FC 1-0, in a heated affair at Cashman Field.
A bench clearing scuffle rounded out the first half, Lights FC fired into the second half picking up the goal that made the difference with a header through Alex Harlley. The Monarchs nearly found the equalizer through MFs Jack Blake and Maikel Chang, but ultimately the Utah side wasn’t able to find the back of the net.
The early quarter of the match saw each team testing one another as they looked to fall into the rhythm of the match. Lights FC found the opportunities early but were denied by GK David Ochoa, who kept things level through the first half. Blake nearly found the opening goal as he fired a shot through traffic just outside the penalty area, but Lights FC goalkeeper Thomas Olsen dove to put a stop to it.
Las Vegas Lights FC came out aggressively in the early goings of the second half, putting heavy pressure on in the Monarchs defensive third. The attack resulted in the corner that Irvin Parra served to Harlley, who flicked the header into the far post to put Vegas on the board.
Real Monarchs fought for the full 90 minutes searching for the equalizer that wasn’t meant to be, as Blake rifled a shot that went over the crossbar and Chang fought in the box but was cut short in the box.
UP NEXT: Real Monarchs returns home to host one of its Wasatch Winter Cup rivals, Reno 1886 FC, at Zions Bank Stadium. The match is scheduled for an afternoon kickoff of 1:00 p.m. MT on Saturday, April 6.
LV: Alex Harlley (Irvin Parra), 50th minute – Irvin Parra served the ball into the center of the box from a corner kick, which Harlley perfectly flicked into the far post for the opening goal of the night.
LV: Thomas Olsen, 15th minute: Jack Blake found an opportunity early on at the top of the penalty area, where he fired a shot through traffic that looked certain for the opening goal. His shot was denied by a diving Thomas Olsen to save the dipping ball.
SLC: David Ochoa, 30th minute: After Christian Torres stripped the ball away in the Monarchs defensive third, he quickly took his shot towards goal, which Ochoa got with his finger tips to send over the crossbar.
SLC: David Ochoa, 46th minute: Irvin Parra made a fast run down the right side, slipping behind the Monarchs defense and sending a shot low towards the near post. Ochoa read the play to make a stop, keeping the game level going into the halftime break.
- The loss in Las Vegas marks the end of a three-game undefeated streak as Real Monarchs drop the full three points for the first time in 2019.
- The match turned heated as a total of nine yellow cards were handed out throughout the night.
Match: Real Monarchs SLC at Las Vegas Lights FC
Date: March 30, 2019
Venue: Cashman Field; Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance: 9,102
Weather: 70 degrees, clear skies
Scoring Summary                           1       2       F
Real Monarchs SLC                         0       0       0
Las Vegas Lights FC                         0       1       1
LV – Alex Harlley (Irvin Parra), 50’
Real Monarchs SLC (4-2-3-1): David Ochoa; James Moberg, Andrew Brody, Noah Powder, Stanley Okumu (Kalen Ryden, 23’); Justin Portillo, Maikel Chang, Josh Heard, Jack Blake, Masta Kacher (Lionel Abate Etoundi, 73’); Douglas Martinez (Damian German, 80’)
Subs not used: Sam Brown, Konrad Plewa, Evan Finney, Steve Jasso
Las Vegas Lights FC (4-4-2): Thomas Olsen; Kevin Garcia-Lopez, Gabe Robinson, Javan Torre, Christian Torres; Lucas Scaglia, Mobi Fehr, Bryan Arguez (Pablo Cruz, 65’), Christian Hernandez (Preston Tabortetaka, 80’); Irvin Parra (Ferrety Sousa, 90’), Alex Harlley;
Subs not used: Angel Alvarez, Matt Thomas, Eric Gonzalez, Edwin Rivas
Stats Summary: SLC/LV
Shots:  10 / 13
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 9 / 5
Fouls: 15 / 15
Offside: 0 / 2
SLC – Jack Blake (Caution) 37’
LV – Irvin Parra (Caution) 46’
LV – Lucas Scaglia (Caution) 46’
SLC – Douglas Martinez (Caution) 56’
SLC – Noah Powder (Caution) 58’
SLC – James Moberg (Caution) 74’
SLC – Lionel Abate Etoundi (Caution) 91’
LV – Javan Torre (Caution) 91’
Referee: Ismir Pekmic
Assistant Referees: Ian McKay, Brandon Stevis
4th Official: William Randy Hoffman