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All Knotted Up: Orange County SC 2, Reno 1868 FC 2

OC hang on to point vs. high-flying Nevadans.

Juel-Nielsen scored a goal to help earn a point for OC.
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Orange County SC went down, went ahead, and in the end settled for a 2-2 draw against Reno 1868 FC on Saturday night at Orange County Great Park.

The result extended Reno’s unbeaten streak to 11 games in league play, but it also kept OC one spot ahead of Reno in the Western Conference standings, as they remain in 6th place.

After a cagey first half where Reno were probably just the better side, the game really broke open in the second half. Jos Hooiveld was called for a penalty in the 54th minute, for a tackle in the box on Antoine Hoppenot. Brian Brown took the spot kick and scored, putting Reno ahead.

But Thomas Enevoldsen came through yet again, as he tied up the game in the 62nd minute for Orange County, and then Thomas Juel-Nielsen scored the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute off a corner kick, taken by Aodhan Quinn and flicked on at the near post by Giovanni Ramos-Godoy for the Dane to finish.

But Danny Musovski came off the bench and scored the equalizer in the 83rd minute for Reno. Almost immediately after, Noah Powder hit a beautiful curler for Orange County, but it went just wide of the target.

Andre Rawls saved a point with a save in the 88th minute, as he sacrificed his body as Musovski took a shot from close range and the goalkeeper took a kick in the chest to block an otherwise certain goal. Rawls, who had another outstanding game for OC, was able to finish the game.

The result is perhaps a bit disappointing, as Orange County had the lead into the final 10 minutes, but on balance of play it was a fair result. The Danish Thomases came up big, and Rawls did as well.

OC are back on the field in a week’s time, when they’ll host the Tulsa Roughnecks. Orange County blew away Tulsa earlier this season on the road, but will they find such an easy time of things in the return leg? Stay tuned to find out.

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