The Orange County Blues earned their first win of the 2016 season, a 1-0 contest at Anteater Stadium over previously unbeaten San Antonio FC. The end-to-end action throughout provided for a very entertaining match, with chances aplenty for each side.
The first half action got started very early as Trevin Caesar had a fantastic chance on goal after getting past San Antonio FC goalkeeper Josh Ford, but defender Sam McBride cleared the line to stifle the effort. SAFC’s Rafa Castillo had both a free kick and a shot in the run of play clang off both side posts, nearly putting the visitors ahead.
Orange County kept pressing offensively, and their efforts were rewarded in the 37th minute, as Andrae Campbell, making his Blues debut at left back, charged up the flank only to be brought down in the penalty area by Milton Palacios. Campbell was injured on the play, and had to come off, but Didier Crettenand finished the penalty to score his second goal in as many games to put the home side up 1-0.
That lead would hold through the rest of the match, but neither side was satisfied with that, as the offensive attacks continued in the second half. Crettenand fired a free kick that nearly doubled the lead, but hit the top left corner of the frame, mere inches from going in. Caesar had several opportunities to open his Blues account. Ford stuffed the Blues forward on a breakaway after he was played in by Akwafei Ajeakwa, just after Caesar missed a header off a cross that found him completely unmarked.
San Antonio pressed the rest of the half, but the Blues’ defense held firm for 1-0 win. OC gets their first win, moving to 1-2-1 on the season. Let’s hope this momentum carries the team forward, as they have a short turnaround to the next match, this coming Wednesday night at home hosting Portland Timbers 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30PM.
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