Orange County SC rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 2-1 win over Portland Timbers 2 at Providence Park on Saturday.
Orange County’s Gustavo Villalobos drew a penalty in the eighth minute, and Jerry van Ewijk stepped up to the spot and scored his first career USL goal.
Timbers 2 tied up the game in the 19th minute, as Augustine Williams headed a cross past Charlie Lyon.
Van Ewijk had a point-blank chance, although he was off balance, in the 24th minute, but Kendall McIntosh came up with a big save to blank him. McIntosh had another huge save, off a corner kick, a few minutes later to keep the score level. OCSC kept knocking on the door, including one chip attempt that was headed off the line by T2’s Andre Lewis.
Orange County retook the lead in the 58th minute, as Victor Pineda opened his OCSC account with an absolute golazo to the top corner that McIntosh could not possibly stop. Lewis had a very close call on the other end in the final 20 minutes, but his effort went wide of the mark to preserve OC’s lead.
The win takes Orange County to 2-1-0 on the season, a very good start considering they’re on a four-game road swing in total to open the campaign. The performance was canny and showed an ability to balance skill with doing what it took to get the win.
Orange County now get a bye next week, and will return to action Apr. 22 in Cason against LA Galaxy II in the 405 Derby. There are pros and cons to a bye early in a season, but given the newness of this group, having an extra week to prepare for the local rivalry game should be good for Logan Pause’s squad.
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