The Orange County Blues got back in the win column on Saturday, beating Real Monarchs SLC 1-0 at Anteater Stadium.
In the end, the game turned out to be a story of two penalties. OC earned the first one, on a handball call midway through the first half, and defender Roy Meeus finished the shot to give the hosts the 1-0 lead.
The game, in which the Blues had the edge overall in the run of play but was still fairly close, seemed to get even better for them in the 60th minute, as Real Monarchs defender Chris Schuler was given a red card for a poor tackle on Blues forward Gevorg Karapetyan. Up a man, in solid control, it looked like only a matter of time before OC would score an insurance goal and ice the result.
But Real Monarchs got a penalty of their own in the final 10 minutes, and with Ricardo Velazco standing over the ball, it appeared the game was about to be tied. But Velazco’s PK attempt rolled wide left of the goal, and the Blues rode out the result to grab a crucial three points.
The Blues will now look to their next game, coming on a rare Thursday fixture, on the road against San Antonio FC. They have the win, and now they’ll look to start another positive run this season.
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