Spiders fall to San Francisco, must recover in San Diego
photos courtesy of Alex Ho and Brendan Yee
The Spiders stumbled out of the gate against a San Francisco team clearly better prepared for a windy and gusty game at Laney College Stadium.
The Flamethrowers defense capitalized on a quick turn on the opening possession with an upwind break score.
The Spiders were quickly in a 3-0 hole and never got back on their feet.
The Spiders possession offense couldn't control the disc in the wind while San Francisco was converting on their big throws both upwind and downwind leading to a 27-19 defeat.
Chuck Cao was especially affected by the wind. Chuck has been one of the most consistent handlers on the Spiders o-line all season completing 304 passes and only throwing 5 turnovers. But he matched and then surpassed that turnover total in this game alone throwing 8 throw aways in the game. Steven Chang was the most consistent handler for the Spiders going 25 for 26 on passes and ended the game with 1 assist. Meanwhile, Matt Jaffe had the most complete game completing 24 of 25 passes, throwing 3 assists and scoring 2 goals. Matt lead the team in overall contribution with +5 in a game that 7 players had a negative overall contribution.
With 5 games left in the season the Spiders sit at 6-3 and are in 2nd place in the division. Meanwhile, LA, San Diego and Seattle are right behind them. The Spiders will match up against all three of these teams before the end of the season and are in control of their own fate. But any loss could drop them behind San Diego or LA and move them out of the playoffs. The margin between the 1st seed and the 4th seed has never been closer in the West.
The Spiders will have a chance to bounce back this week but they will have to do it against a red hot San Diego Growlers squad that is currently on a 4 game winning streak. In week 10 San Diego won back to back road games in the Northwest before defending their home turf in a huge come from behind win over the Seattle Cascades. If the Spiders hope to beat San Diego they are going to have to figure out how to get their offense firing without Justin Norden, Steven Chang, or Evan Boucher. The good news is that Shane Earley, a rookie who has been a huge asset for the Spiders o-line this year, will be returning to the Spiders line up. Checho Perdomo and Nick Murphy will be subbing in to the Spider's D-line along with Jake Tozer who is being called up for his first game of the season.
The Spiders last faced San Diego in week 3 when the Spiders held their ground at home and won 30-25.
The game was close till the the Spiders pulled away in the fourth.
At the time San Diego was coming off a loss to LA and the Spiders had just beaten San Francisco giving San Jose a big momentum shift.
If you haven't seen the game, check out the highlights below.
After this weekend the Spiders are back at home Saturday June 24th against the San Francisco Flamethrowers. Come to the game on Yellow Sunglasses night, the first 300 fans to come through the gate will get a free pair of yellow sunglasses. Get to the game early to get your sunglasses and grab a beer and some food while you get ready for what may be the biggest game of the season.
#5 Matthew Crawford
#6 Chuck Cao
#7 Andrew Moore
#8 Brandon Fein
#9 Tommy Adams
#10 Sonny Zaccaro
#13 Shane Earley
#14 Chris Cogswell
#16 James Yeager
#17 Sergio Perdomo
#18 Nicholas Alexander
#21 Jackson Stearns
#23 Ian Meyer
#31 Ethan Falat
#33 Nick Murphy
#39 Andrew Berry
#42 Matt Jaffe
#55 Drew Kim
#63 Jake Tozer
#85 Evan Brydon
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