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Deluge of Goals: Orange County SC 6, Tulsa Roughnecks 1

OC repeat same margin of victory against winless Tulsa.

Quinn was a key man in the rout.
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Orange County SC saw goals from six different players on Saturday, as they blew past Tulsa Roughnecks FC by a 6-1 scoreline at Orange County Great Park.

The result meant Tulsa are now 15 games without a win in USL play this season, and OC have beaten them by a 11-1 margin across two games. Unlike the first meeting between the teams, the Roughnecks remained at 11 players for the full match.

Among the many highlights for Orange County, Aodhan Quinn had two assists and a goal, Thomas Enevoldsen had a goal and an assist, and the Dane now leads the USL Golden Boot race with nine goals on the season.

The opening minutes were actually pretty hairy for OC, as Tulsa had two clear chances to score and managed to miss. A team in better form and with some confidence probably would have buried at least one of them.

Orange County opened the scoring in the 16th minute through Jos Hooiveld, who hit a near-post header off a corner kick to open his account in USL.

They doubled the lead in the 37th minute through Enevoldsen, as Quinn sent a nice little side-foot pass to the Dane, who put enough heat on it to beat Tulsa goalkeeper Fabian Cerda.

The Roughnecks fought hard for about the first hour, and got on the board in the 58th minute as Jon Bakero followed the ball off a long free kick, making the game 2-1 and potentially making it a very interesting game for the remaining 30 minutes. In fact, a couple minutes later Andre Rawls was forced into a save from Joaquin Rivas from close range to maintain Orange County’s lead.

Then, OC woke up from the scare and the goals came freely again, as Alex Crognale became the second center back to score on the night, as a shot off the crossbar from a corner kick bounced back to the on-loan Columbus Crew SC man, who headed it easily right into the net to make it 3-1.

Christian Duke then earned a penalty in the 64th minute, and Quinn stepped up and converted the spot kick the following minute to put the result in no doubt for Orange County.

Orange County poured it on late, as Duke sent a cross that Ami Pineda scored in acrobatic fashion in the 86th minute to score his first career goal in USL, and then Mats Bjurman tapped in a goal off Enevoldsen’s low cross on the stroke of 90 minutes.

OCSC jump up a place to 5th place in the Western Conference, just two points out of 3rd place at present. They’ve got a big game coming up, as they’ll take to the road to take on Phoenix Rising FC on Friday night. Phoenix are in 2nd place, so this could be a terrific opportunity to take points off the opponent and move higher up the standings, if OC can continue their strong run of late.

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