Orange County SC returned to action on Saturday in the 405 Derby, drawing LA Galaxy II 1-1 at StubHub Center.
The team, coming off a bye, alternated between sleepy play, dominance on the ball, and back-and-forth forays with LA, and truth be told, benefitted from a mistake by their opponent on the opening goal. On the other hand, it was not undeserved.
Orange County took the lead in the 49th minute, as Galaxy II defender Jean Engola scored an own goal off Roy Meeus’ cross. The lead was nearly doubled moments later, but the attempt bounced off the goal.
The hosts tied up the game in the 66th minute, as OCSC’s Charlie Lyon blocked Ariel Lassiter’s free kick, but Adrian Vera followed up on the rebound to tap the ball in. Shortly thereafter, Lassiter nearly took the lead, only for his shot to bounce off the crossbar.
Obviously, a point on the road is a good result generally, and picking one up in a rivalry game is also good. One issue Orange County has dealt with in all of their games is a drop in intensity within the match. They may dominate for 10 or 20 minutes at a time, but they’re still letting opponents back in, and that’s what happened when Lassiter entered and helped put Galaxy II on the board to tie up the game. Obviously, OCSC have picked up points in three of four games so far this season, so this is an issue that is still not catastrophic from a results perspective.
Orange County’s next game comes against this same LA Galaxy II team, but that’s in two weeks. First, they’ve got another bye week, before the May 6 home opener finally, finally arrives. Round 2 of the 405 Derby is on the horizon.
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