Orange County SC found late redemption this week with a late penalty by Jerry van Ewijk to tie San Antonio FC 1-1 on Saturday in San Antonio.
Things got off to a tough start for OC, as Kris Tyrpak headed the ball in for San Antonio just two minutes in from the doorstep to put the hosts ahead 1-0.
Orange County had a great chance in the 55th minute, with newcomer Frank Olijve hitting a shot in the box, but it was saved by San Antonio’s Diego Restrepo to keep the visitors off the board.
Around the hour mark, Charlie Lyon was tested several times, but with the help of the post and some desperation defending, he made several key stops to keep OC within a goal.
In the 93rd minute, Orange County was handed a lifeline, as San Antonio defender Michael Reed was called for a foul on Gustavo Villalobos in the box. Van Ewijk took the penalty and converted it to tie up the game at the death.
The result brightens OC’s week considerably. After losing midweek to LA Galaxy II despite getting a late opportunity to tie the game up from the spot and that attempt being saved, getting another chance and actually finding paydirt is important. Orange County, especially given the players who were on the field tonight, were never going to dominate play, but they hung around and battled for a point. Given how good SAFC are, sitting in second place in the Conference, a road draw is absolutely a good result.
OC have just a few days to recover from this game, as they will host the Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Tuesday. This point of the season has gotten very tough for Orange County, and they’ll want to keep their momentum up in their busiest month of the season. It seems like they are in a war of attrition these days, but a draw is solid and they’ll aim to build on it moving forward.
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