Well tired legs seemed to catch up with the Orange County Blues on Sunday evening, as they played their fourth game in 11 days and could not continue their two-game winning streak, falling 2-0 to Arizona United SC in Scottsdale. Goals from Scott Morrison and Jose Cuevas made the difference on the night.
In reality, the game was pretty closely played, and the efforts of former Blues goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski, who had a monster game with 13 saves, kept the Blues off the board and preserved the win for United. It was the second time this season he singlehandedly kept OC off the scoresheet for an Arizona win, but it seems he just raises his game against his old side.
Still, the Blues were in the game all night, and nearly got into the half at 0-0, but Morrison's bending free kick a few minutes before the break fooled Blues GK Pepe Miranda, and it went right by him on the bounce. A fluke play, perhaps, but it seemed like Miranda could have done better on that play.
Coming out of halftime, Orange County looked very lively and turned up the pressure on Arizona's goal in the first 10 minutes or so. But playing most of the same guys who have been featuring the past couple weeks, it seemed like they lacked that final burst on the attacking end and simply couldn't keep up the recent momentum they've had, and that hurt them in the game.
Ultimately, substitute Cuevas ensured the victory by scoring an insurance tally deep into second-half stoppage time, so the scoreline doesn't really indicate how close the game was. Still, make no mistake, Arizona did what they needed to in getting a win, and the Blues just couldn't keep up for 90 minutes and get a shot or two past Woszczynski.
Orange County continue their road swing with a trip against Tulsa Roughnecks on Thursday evening. Can they find a reserve of energy to get back on track? We'll find out later this week.
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