Nate Weiss scored his first goal with Jelgava who still fell short to visiting Jurmala in Latvian Virsliga action on a snowy Thursday evening at Ozolnieku Stadions in Jelgava.
Weiss started at left back and went the distance in the defeat. It was also the American's first start with his new club, a position he will unlikely have to give up after tallying for the home team in the 60th minute.
Each team entered the match winless on the young season and were on the hunt for an early goal.
Jurmala struck first in the 23rd minute when a lapse in the Jelgava defense allowed Gatis Kalniņš to scoop up the ball deep in the area and fire home for the goal.
Jelgava team captain Valērijs Redjko tried answering for the hosts but his effort from close range was blocked by the Jūrmala defense.
Three minutes after the halftime break, defender Konstantin Macion doubled the margin for the visitors when he found space near the six yard line and thundered a header into the back of the net.
The Ukranian's goal woke up the home team and in the 60th minute they would halve the lead courtesy of Weiss.
A cross into the penalty area saw the Coral Springs, Florida native outleap the Jurmala defense and send a header of his own past goalkeeper Artūrs Biezais.
The netminder was furious appealing that a foul had been committed on the play but the referee's call stood and Biezais was left receiving a yellow card for his protests.
Vladislavs Kozlovs, Oļegs Malašenoks and Jevgēņijs Kazura all had chances for Jelgava to equalize in the waning moments but were unable to shoot past Biezais sending Jelgava home with its third straight defeat to open the season.
Weiss and company will look to do better next Sunday May 2nd when they host RFS/Olimps.