Orange County SC won their fourth consecutive game, and remained perfect on the road this season, after defeating San Antonio FC 3-0 at Toyota Field in San Antonio on Saturday. They remain in first place in the USL Western Conference with the win.
Andre Rawls had a terrific performance, staying busy throughout the evening and on a couple of occasions making two or three stops in quick succession.
Koji Hashimoto opened his Orange County account in the 48th minute, as his free kick hit the upper 90 with San Antonio goalkeeper Diego Restrepo unable to stop it.
Mats Bjurman almost doubled the lead with a breakaway attempt at the hour mark, but Darnell King made a last-gasp block on the goal line to deny the Irvine native.
Orange County got their insurance tally in the 84th minute. With San Antonio trying to push forward for an equalizer, Mark Segbers got the ball in a favorable spot with Restrepo well off his line. With the goal still not quite open for him, he opted to pass to Thomas Enevoldsen, who was making a run in the box, and the Dane shot it, with SAFC defender Ryan Roushandel poking it into his own goal, although Enevoldsen gets the credit for his fifth goal of the season. A few minutes later, rookie Giovanni Ramos-Godoy scored his first professional goal on a full breakaway to seal the three points.
While Rawls had a strong performance, and the defense in front of him did what they could to limit good looks on goal, the goalpost came to Orange County’s rescue on two occasions. It was a matter of inches until the final minutes, but on this night, it worked out for the SoCal side.
All in all, this was the kind of game where the road team grinds out the performance, and needs a moment of magic to get the lead. That’s exactly what happened for Orange County, as they were even in most categories with San Antonio except shots, where the hosts had a huge lead, but when Hashimoto had a chance to score on a set piece, he took it. From there, OC showed the guile to hold onto the ball, to take up all the time they were allowed, and to defend stoutly enough for the win.
The hits keep on coming for Orange County, as their next game is also in Texas, with a match scheduled against Rio Grande Valley FC on Wednesday. The last two-game week was a success, can they keep the momentum going midweek? We will see soon enough.
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