Orange County SC’s seven-game unbeaten streak was snapped on Wednesday, as they lost 1-0 to LA Galaxy II at StubHub Center in the final 405 Derby meeting of the 2017 season.
The teams end the season series on an identical 1-1-1 record. For those keeping score, OC take the edge as their win was larger, 4-0 back in May, than Wednesday’s game. But given the roll OC was on, losing to the second-worst team in the Western Conference is a blow, on top of it being a rivalry loss.
Chances were at a premium early, with neither team getting a good look. Jon Kempin made a big save on Wuilito Fernandes’ shot in the 33rd minute to keep the game scoreless.
Ryo Fujii opened the scoring in the 57th minute for LA, as his run onto the ball off a turnover beat Charlie Lyon in Orange County’s goal.
OC got a potential game-changing call in the 84th minute, as Joe Franco was tackled in the box as he dribbled in from the endline. Roy Meeus stepped up to take the PK, but his tame attempt was saved by Kempin.
And Orange County continued to push in the final minutes, launching balls into the box and taking speculative shots, hoping for one to bounce in, but the saved penalty seemed to seal their fate on the night.
So the game is a setback for OC, as they drop full points in one of their games in hand on the rest of the Western Conference, but they’ll be back in action on Saturday, with a debut meeting this season, on the road, against San Antonio FC, one of the top teams in the West. It’s going to be a tough challenge, but perhaps it will be a wake-up call for OC as they look to solidify their playoff credentials.
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