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Bad Tuesday: Orange County SC 0, Colorado Springs Switchbacks 4

Hosts second best all game.

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Orange County SC hosted their first Tuesday home game of the season, and it went about as bad as it could have, as they lost 4-0 against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

OC struggled to keep up all game, and two outstanding goals from the visitors set the tone for the match. First, Luke Vercollone hit a shot from the top of the box on the half volley to open the scoring in the 19th minute. then Shane Malcolm hit a looping golazo from outside the box in the 22nd minute to make it 2-0.

Colorado Springs were up another goal by halftime, as Masta Kacher finished a cross from Malcolm in the 39th minute. And the hits kept on coming, as one of the most reliable Orange County players, Victor Pineda, was forced out of the game at the half hour mark due to an apparent injury.

The damage was already done, but Switchbacks added a second-half goal, from Kevaughn Frater, to make it 4-0.

So, what can we take from this? First, every team is bound to have a bad game every now and then, it happens. But this one was rough. OC controlled possession but little else. They lacked the killer instinct in front of goal, but they were generally lethargic, including on defense, and that cost them. And look, the first couple goals were outstanding, but Orange County just weren’t up for the opponent.

Is this tough run of games catching up to OC? Tonight’s loss sure made it seem that way, and with most of this busy month ahead of them, that’s not a good sign. The next chance to get a result? Saturday, on the road against Swope Park Rangers. It’s another tough game, but Orange County will need to bounce back quickly if they want to reach the playoffs this season.

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