Loyal forward Tumi Moshobane (center), shown advancing the ball during the 2021 season opener, scored twice in four minutes. Photo courtesy of San Diego Loyal

A pair of second-half goals by Tumi Moshobane sparked a 4-2 come-from-behind win Saturday by San Diego Loyal against host Las Vegas Lights in USL Championship league play.

Moshobane was brought into the match at 38 minutes into the game following a shot to the face suffered by Douglas Martinez Jr.

Las Vegas had taken a 1-0 lead against the Loyal (12-10-4, 40 points) with a goal by Danny Trejo in the 27th minute.

In the 39th minute, Alejandro Guido tapped in a ball near the right post. Guido, who had crashed a shot off the right post earlier in the match, kept pursuit and sent it in as he slid. It was Guido’s fourth goal of the season and his third against Las Vegas this season.

Loyal manager Landon Donovan expressed disappointment in the early part of the match, but said, “Thankfully, we got the goal going before halftime. The beauty with Guido is that he has filled in at different positions. I am happy with his week. He had a very good week and his goal was huge, too.”  
Moshobane’s first goal of the Week 23 match came in the 65th minute when he put back his own shot that was blocked by Las Vegas goalkeeper Alex Rando. It was Moshobane’s ninth goal of the season.  

The South African native found the net again four minutes after his first goal. He scored in a similar fashion as he fired in a short pass from Ben Spencer from inside the area, sending it off a defender and into the Las Vegas net for the 3-1 lead.

Later in the match, assisted with a feed to Augustine. The ball made it all the way across to near the right post where Williams tapped in the ball just inside the right post to seal the scoring for the night in the 77th minute.  

“Thankfully, Tumi did what Tumi does,” Donovan said about his leading scorer. “We weren’t as good as we are but thankfully, we showed we could do better and that we had a guy that could change things for us.”

Caleb Jennings scored the second goal for the Lights in the 73rd minute.

There were two near scores with a shot by Charlie Adams over the crossbar, a score by Williams that was disallowed for offsides and a volley by Corey Hertzog that nearly crossed the goal line in the 53rd minute.

The win gives SD Loyal three more points in the Pacific Division standings as it finishes a week that included two-road matches and three games in a span of six days. It was the first time SD Loyal earned a win after initially trailing on the road.  

Donovan’s team earned points against Las Vegas in each of its four meetings this season, scoring 13 goals against the team from the desert. SD Loyal remains in second place in the division as it seeks a spot in the postseason with six regular season matches remaining.     

SD Loyal will return home to begin preparing for another road match, this time a Week 24 affair at LA Galaxy II on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. 

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