Thomas Enevoldsen hit 10 goals on the season and Luis Lopez played his first game of the year, as Orange County SC defeated San Antonio FC 3-0 on Saturday night at Championship Soccer Stadium.
Enevoldsen made it to double digits in goals in the 33rd minute, as he scored off a feed from Aodhan Quinn. While San Antonio protested that Quinn had fouled a defender prior to his assist, those protests were waived off by the referee and the goal stood.
Shortly after the halftime break, Michael Seaton went on a breakaway and was clattered over by San Antonio goalkeeper Diego Restrepo. Shockingly, Restrepo escaped with just a yellow card, when frankly he could have justifiably gotten a red for DOGSO. Perhaps the fact that Seaton was not in full control of the ball when Restrepo ran him over saved his skin.
Mats Bjurman scored his second goal of the season in the 63rd minute, taking a feed from the endline by Quinn and hitting a shot into the upper 90 from point-blank range to extend OC’s lead to 2-0.
The home side found a capper late in stoppage time, as Seaton headed a shot off the line to preserve OC’s clean sheet, before Orange County embarked on the counterattack. Mark Segbers did most of the work, pushing down the field and battling a defender, before sending a pass to substitute Ami Pineda, who in turn sent a small square pass to Seaton, who completed the highlight reel play with the final goal of the night.
As mentioned at the top, Luis Lopez became the third goalkeeper for Orange County SC this season, playing his first club game in the United States following his loan move from Los Angeles Football Club this week. While he wasn’t tested a great deal, shaking some of the rust off and getting a win and a clean sheet to boot is a good opener for the Honduran international. Will he remain with the USL side moving forward? We’ll have to see on that front.
The performance was another professional outing for OC, and picking up three points is always the goal. Orange County move up a place to 5th in the West and stay four points out of 2nd. Their next test is going to be a big one, as they’ll travel way out to Kansas City to take on Swope Park Rangers on Wednesday night. OCSC have struggled at that venue over the years, but there’s no time like the present to turn over a new leaf, right?
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