OXNARD, Calif. — The San Jose Earthquakes continued their stay in Southern California on Wednesday with a two-hour training session at Oxnard Community College.
After warming up with a game of handball and technical drills, the team broke into three teams for a series of short-field matches. Due to gusting winds, coaches mandated that all passes stay on the ground during the scrimmages.
In the first game, Steven Lenhart tallied first with a vicious strike that just beat Andrew Weber. For his part, Weber deflected the shot, but pace won out as the ball ricocheted just inside the crossbar for a goal.
Joey Gjertsen leveled for his squad minutes later with a clinical finish to the far post. Gjertsen side-volleyed the game winner in the late stages after an Omar Jasseh shot from the left beat David Bingham, but deflected off the crossbar.
Ryan Johnson opened the scoring in the second match after taking a through ball from Jasseh. Johnson narrowly beat offside call then collected and tucked the ball away in a 1v1 with Jon Busch.
Blue equalized in the second half courtesy of one of the seven trialists in camp took a shot on goal that was deflected, but bounced in.
Ike Opara had the play of the game, knocking a shot off the line from a trialist from Yellow that was destined for goal.
Yellow would bounce back later in the first half with a pair of trialists linking up for a score. Wondo leveled soon after for Blue after a trialist laid a ball off 10 yards out that the 2010 Golden Boot winner placed into the lower left corner.
Lenhart didn’t waste time in regaining Yellow’s lead. The rangy striker took a small touch before punching a shot into the side netting on the left. A trialist doubled Yellow’s lead moments later after finding space on the right side and bending a shot to the far corner.
Wondo pulled one back for blue late in the second half, tapping home a cross at the far post from Ike Opara, but Yellow took the win in the end.