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One goal, three points: Orange County SC 1, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 0

OC ride an early penalty to jump back on top of the West.

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Orange County SC bounced back from their midweek loss on Saturday night, defeating Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0 at Championship Soccer Stadium.

The win takes OC back atop the Western Conference, pending the outcome of other matches on Saturday. At any rate, the side grinded a little bit after taking an early lead, but against a team that has proven tricky to them in the past, the hosts stymied them and grabbed three points.

Just five minutes in, Mark Segbers drew a penalty from former OC player Josh Suggs. Aodhan Quinn stepped up and put Orange County ahead in the sixth minute from the spot.

The run of play was pretty much even between the teams over the course of the game, both across the major statistical categories and to the naked eye. Truthfully, the game was not always scintillating, and Orange County looked to be patient in the build-up overall, but they had that luxury with the narrow lead. And with another strong showing on the defensive end, and another clean sheet, they showed they could handle the one-goal advantage for the duration.

In the 89th minute, Suggs’ corner kick for Switchbacks FC nearly went in the net, with OC goalkeeper Andre Rawls being brought down and a last-second clearance from an OC defender keeping the ball out of goal.

Orange County are back in action on the road on Friday, when they’ll head to Utah to take on Real Monarchs. It’s going to be a big test for OC, as Real Monarchs are the defending Shield holders and have started the season well once again. It will be a good litmus test for Braeden Cloutier’s side after jumping back on top of the Western Conference standings.

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