MATCH RECAP: Chicago House AC Records Historic First Win At Home Versus San Diego 1904 FC

The House Gets Their First Three Points At SeatGeek Stadium As Goal Scoring Streak Continues
Published Oct 10, 2021

CHICAGO, IL (October 9th, 2021) - Chicago House AC (3-2-5, 11pts) finally got their first win at SeatGeek Stadium with a 1-0 victory over San Diego 1904 FC (2-1-7, 7pts). Ian Cerro scored his first goal for the House early in the 2nd minute of play. After a tough start to their debut in the 2021 NISA fall season, the House has picked up 7 points in their last three matches while extending 1904 FC's losing streak to seven out of their previous eight matches.

In the 2nd minute, Derek Huffman crossed the ball to Ian Cerro and blasted his shot past 1904 FC goalkeeper Alfredo Cortez to score his first goal for the House to take the lead 1-0. 1904 FC tried to respond quickly in the 5th minute when 1904 FC midfielder Sam Gomez launched his shot towards House goalkeeper Michael Novotny, but he got a hand to the ball to make the save. Matteo Kidd had a chance to extend the House's lead in the 10th minute, but his shot sailed over the crossbar. In the 19th minute, 1904 FC defender Jonathan Caparelli moved inside the 18 and took a shot, but Novotny got a hand on it, but 1904 FC captain Ozzie Ramos was there for the rebound and tried a bicycle kick, but the ball hit the side of the net. That turned out to be the best chance for 1904 FC to get the equalizer in the first half. The House had plenty of opportunities to extend their lead in the first half. In the 24th minute, Drew Conner launched his shot outside the 18, but the shot ended up landing right into 1904 FC goalkeeper Cortez's hands. The House had a free kick opportunity in the 44th minute from midfielder Michael Kozielek with a left-footed shot, but it went wide past Cortez. The House led 1-0 at halftime in a physical first half with five fouls for 1904 FC and seven fouls for the House.

In the second half, 1904 FC tried to get back into the match with a chip shot attempt from defender Dallin Cutler but Novotny claimed the ball for the save. The House kept pushing for another goal and almost got it in the 59th minute when Matteo Kidd ripped a shot, but it hit the post. In the 69th minute, 1904 FC defender Sam Strong got a second yellow card for a handball, and the referee sent him off with a red card, and 1904 FC were down to 10 men. In the 74th minute, Musa Morris had a chance to extend the House's lead with his shot going towards an empty goal, but 1904 FC defender Cutler was able to clear the line and keep the ball out. Nazeem Bartman also had a chance to extend the lead for the House in the 79th minute, but his shot went wide. In stoppage time, the House was able to get a penalty kick after 1904 FC defender Shandon Wright fouled Morris in the box. Morris took the penalty kick, but 1904 FC goalkeeper Cortez saved his shot, and that's how the match would end with another House shutout 1-0 over 1904 FC.

Here are the final stats from last night’s match:

Totals: San Diego 1904 FC Chicago House AC
Fouls 13 14
Corner Kicks 0 3
Shots 6 18
Shots On Goal 2 7
Offsides 1 0
Saves 6 2

Following the match, Head Coach and Technical Director, C.J. Brown talked about getting that goal early in the first half.

"Great start to a game," said Coach Brown. "I don't think these are easy games just for the fact that you played this team last week and were the bottom teams in the league. I think the team started the game out beautifully; we were composed, looked sharp, and got the first goal. We talked about that a lot if we were getting a lot of chances with not many goals, which would put pressure on us for the rest of the game. Getting that goal early took some of the pressure off."

Coach Brown also shared how he has been able to integrate midfielder Ian Cerro into the starting eleven.

"He's a true number ten, he likes to sit in those pockets, and I want tens, and I want wingers that play inside the pocket, and he did that very well," said Coach Brown. "When we changed formations to fit the wingers in, that was perfect for him. Now we have many players that we can put on the wing-like Musa or Nazeem, or Acosta. I feel playing in these pockets in this league makes it dangerous for teams, and Ian fits in perfectly on how we want to play".

Chicago House AC midfielder Ian Cerro shared how it felt to score his first goal for the House and the team's performance.

"I'm just happy that we got our first home win and glad I was able to contribute to that goal," said Cerro. "I'm excited, but the club deserves this, and the fans deserve this home win. Honestly, I'm just happy we got the win at home."

Chicago House AC midfielder Matteo Kidd also shared some insight into the atmosphere in the locker room and how the club feels confident after results going their way in recent matches. 

"We are pumped," said Kidd. "That's three games with 7 points. We talked about it a month ago, having good training all month, and now we're rolling. Every single day we come in, we say we want to get 1 percent better, and the locker room was very excited. We wanted it, the city wanted it, and I'm so happy the fans came out, and we hope to keep this streak going."

The House continues to move up in the NISA fall standings as the club moves to 8th place while 1904 FC remains at the bottom in 10th place. 

On Saturday, October 16, the House will travel to the east coast to take on Maryland Bobcats FC at 6:30 PM CST at the Maryland Soccerplex. Fans can tune in live by visiting www.chicagohouseac.com/watch-live. For team updates and information, please follow the team's social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, @ChicagoHouse_AC for live updates and fan reactions.

 

ABOUT Chicago House AC

Founded in 2020, Chicago House Athletic Club is a community-based professional soccer team that plays its home matches at the 20,000 capacity SeatGeek Stadium at 71st and Harlem in Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA,) a U.S. Soccer sanctioned third division league. Led by Managing Partner, President & CEO Peter Wilt, Chicago House AC is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) committed to using its platform for social justice, diversity, equality, inclusion, and community improvement. The club's name is a tribute to House Music, which was created in Chicago in the early 1980's. Fans can help #BuildTheHouse by purchasing tickets at www.chicagohouseac.com/tickets or by calling our Ticket Sales Team at (312) 444-0976. For more information on Chicago House AC, please visit www.chicagohouseac.com and follow the club on social media @ChicagoHouse_AC. Our City, Our House.

ABOUT NISA

The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer pro-am Independent Cup tournament, the year-long amateur league NISA Nation, and NISA Media.

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