Orange County SC won their first U.S. Open Cup game since 2013 on Wednesday, as they beat PDL team FC Golden State Force 5-2 at Citrus College in the second-round match-up.
Orange County took the lead six minutes in, courtesy of Victor Pineda. Monday Etim then scored his first professional goal in the 15th minute, and Orange County were off to the races.
Next, the teams exchanged penalties, with Golden State Force notching one first to make it 2-1, before Jerry van Ewijk scored his third penalty of the season in the 25th minute to make it 3-1.
Juan Pablo @JuanOcegueda Jerry Van Ewijk @Jerry_no7 Gustavo Villalobos, Wuilito Fernandes @WuilitoSteven Ami Pineda @amirgypineda— Orange County SC (@orangecountysc) May 18, 2017
Victor Pineda @victorpineda93 Casey Beyers @casey_beyers01 Monday Bassey Etim @MondayBasseyEt1 Joe Franco @JO3FRANCO Salmon Wbias @mon96— Orange County SC (@orangecountysc) May 18, 2017
Following the break, Orange County continued their exploits, as Wuilito Fernandes scored on the half-volley, with Mark Verso scoring immediately after for Golden State Force to bring the score to 4-2. Fernandes scored his second goal of the game in the 55th minute to extend the visitors’ lead, and even though Orange County’s Salomon Wbias was sent off in the second half, the USL side held on for a 5-2 victory.
The result means Orange County SC will advance to the third round in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. They’ll play LA Wolves FC on May 31 at Azusa Pacific University Soccer Field in Azusa. The Wolves are an amateur side, playing in the UPSL, but they are coached by Eric Wynalda and are obviously putting a lot of eggs into a deep cup run basket. Orange County finally broke their Open Cup duck, but even playing a lower division opponent will not provide an easy test in the next round.
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