Thomas Enevoldsen scored a hat trick for Orange County SC, assisted on another, and added it to his winner from midweek as the Southern California side beat Tulsa Roughnecks FC 5-0 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa on Saturday afternoon.
The Danish veteran, in his first season in USL, notched his first goal of the game in the 15th minute on a header down the middle. After Richard Chaplow scored four minutes later, Michael Binns was sent off in the 26th minute for Tulsa. Three minutes later, an Orange County free kick was deflected and trickled through to Enevoldsen, who notched his second of the game.
A first half brace from Enevoldsen has @orangecountysc with a 3-0 lead #TULvOC #USL pic.twitter.com/SugmKh9psY— USL (@USL) March 31, 2018
OC cruised for the next 50 minutes or so, and with Tulsa, who had yet to pick up a point through their first two games, went down another man in the 72nd minute, when Riggs Lennon was sent off for an apparent off-the-ball foul.
Enevoldsen scored his third goal in the 77th minute, and Michael Seaton came off the bench and scored his first goal for OC in the 81st minute to complete the win.
So this was a good win on a number of levels. It means Orange County picked up six points this week on their Oklahoma road swing, a trip they usually struggle on. A forward scored a hat trick, never a bad thing, and another forward got a goal, also a plus. The defense picked up a second straight shutout, also fantastic, and their goal difference is very impressive indeed. That latter point could prove important at the end of the season, as we’ve seen OC qualify for the playoffs based on goal difference, or it could play a role in seeding if they do clinch.
Orange County are back home for their next game, on Saturday against local rivals LA Galaxy II. Can they get their first win at home this season then? If they keep playing as well as they did this week, it seems like a very good possibility.
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