STANFORD — Fouls led to scoring after a slow start in the San Francisco Deltas’ second Open Cup win.
The first half of the game against the Burlingame Dragons was quiet as no shots were attempted until the 12th minute.
It was Burlingame’s Jamael Cox who started the scoring, putting Burlingame in the lead in the 29th minute.
The Deltas responded with a shot off a foul kick by Kyle Bekker, tapped in by Reiner Ferreira to keep the Deltas in the game before half.
Burlingame dominated possession in the first.
Both sides cleaned up play in the second half after an opening period defined by mistakes. Passing was cleaner and there was more communication.
Yellow cards were doled out as the game intensified.
“I think the second half was all us,” said Deltas head coach Marc Dos Santos. “The only thing I said was, ‘guys, we got our warning’ and it took the best of us to win this game.”
Deltas player Tommy Heinemann scored off an assist from Jackson in the second half to take the lead. They sustained the lead for a 2-1 win.
Both goals scored by the Deltas followed fouls. Burlingame head coach Joe Cannon said those calls changed the game.
“You don’t want to dwell on it but the refs were a bit soft,” said Cannon. “You have to make sure that they understand it is a big deal and it changes games.”
Deltas Open Cup play continues May 31st against Phoenix Rising FC.
The San Francisco Deltas next regular season home game is at Kezar Stadium on Friday night.