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The Fight Back: Orange County SC 2, Portland Timbers 2 2

Enevoldsen with the crucial play to rescue a draw from a loss at home.

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It was a game of two halves on Wednesday afternoon, as Orange County SC struggled in the first half against Portland Timbers 2 at Orange County Great Park, but came alive in the second 45 to draw 2-2.

Orange County held firm control over most of the major categories, but Portland rolled through them twice in the first half. First, Marvin Loria hit a bloop chip off a counterattack to beat Luis Lopez in OC’s goal, putting T2 ahead in the 13th minute.

The visitors’ second goal came courtesy of Jack Barmby in the 31st minute, as Portland flipped a ball on a redirect in the box to him, and he made a move to beat the defender and slammed it in the net.

Orange County’s best chance of the first half came through Michael Seaton, whose shot trickled just wide.

Following the halftime break, Orange County were far more aggressive in the attack and while it took time to really get going, they found their footing as the half wore on. In the 55th minute, Orange County had three good looks at goal, but T2 goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh made three blocks to keep the ball out of the net.

But they got back into the game in the 62nd minute, as Aodhan Quinn made a surge forward with the ball off Seaton’s slip pass, and blasted it past McIntosh to make it 2-1.

Then Thomas Enevoldsen brought OCSC level in the 84th minute, as he beat McIntosh to the ball right in front of goal, then having the presence of mind to send it into the net on the tight angle, which he somehow did. It’s Enevoldsen’s 12th goal of the season and the kind of play a forward of his quality has to do for his team from time to time.

OC, who had 17 corner kicks to Portland’s zero, had a late chance off a corner, but defender Walker Hume’s shot in the box went right to McIntosh, who held on to keep his team in the game.

The result is probably pretty well deserved between the two sides, with McIntosh coming up huge to give Timbers 2 a point in the end. Orange County will rue being sluggish through the first 45 and failing to really come to life until the second half. Had they started as strongly as they finished, they likely would have won.

But OCSC won’t have much time to consider this game, as they have another one Saturday evening at home, against Swope Park Rangers. Can they get back in a rhythm on the weekend? We’ll find out.

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