ARVADA, Colo. - A furious comeback came up short for Sporting AZ FC, as Milwaukee Bavarian SC claimed the UPSL National title on a 3-2 score.
Benefiting from three hours more rest in a difficult three-day tournament, Bavarian came out strong early, and went ahead in the 15th minute on a fortuitous header off a corner kick. The Milwaukee side would double their advantage just before halftime.
Sporting looked the brighter side after the break, but disaster struck in the 53rd, when Bavarian’s Scott Lorenz turned and scored to the upper corner, making the deficit three.
The match began to turn in the 67th, when Jose Ramos was tripped up on his run into the Bavarian box, and Alejandro Aguilar stepped up to bury the penalty kick. A moment later, Tony Cascio made a slicing individual run down the left, and sent a perfect cross into the path of Danny Arrubla, who one-timed a rocket shot into the back of the net.
Arrubla was the tournament’s top scorer, with three goals in three games.
Sporting peppered the Bavarian area consistently after that, but each chance would fall frustratingly wide of the mark.
The entire Sporting AZ FC organization would like to thank its fans, family, and friends for the incredible support over a long season including a deep U.S. Open Cup run, and a second consecutive conference championship in UPSL play.
Sporting AZ FC: Andrew Weber, David Paul (45’ - David Alton), (c) Jon Guse, Dom Papa, Mo Salama, Eijin Kishimoto (45’ - Danny Arrubla), Tony Cascio, Noel Castillo (82’ - Julien Dragomir), Paul LaMarca (87’ - Danny Arellano), Alejandro Aguilar, Jose Ramos
DNP: Chris Green, Ismael Santana