Orange County SC returned to USL play after a bye week with a victory, as they defeated Fresno FC 3-0 on Saturday at Orange County Great Park in the first-ever meeting between the teams.
Orange County took the lead in the 10th minute, as a botched Fresno clearance off an Aodhan Quinn early cross bounced right into the path of Thomas Enevoldsen, who made no mistake in the box.
The game remained tight until the 66th minute, when Orange County doubled their lead through substitute Michael Seaton, who scored off a corner kick to make it 2-0 for the home side.
Giovanni Ramos-Godoy, another substitute, added to the margin of victory in second-half stoppage time, in similar fashion to his first of the year, as he made a run on a breakaway, took a feed from Enevoldsen, and smashed the shot past Fresno GK Kyle Reynish.
In addition to keeping a clean sheet and winning at home, Orange County were able to get three of their forwards in among the goals again, something that had been in short supply in recent weeks as their free-scoring ways tapered off.
The win was vital for OC to keep pace in the Western Conference, as they remain in 5th place, just three points out of second place. At about the one-third mark of the season, that’s not bad at all. Next up? A meeting on the road against Sacramento Republic FC in a week’s time, a game sure to be a marquee clash and a chance for Orange County to get the best of their California rival in a hostile environment.
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