Orange County SC kept rolling in USL regular season play, as they defeated Las Vegas Lights FC 3-1 on Wednesday in the teams’ first ever meeting, at Orange County Great Park.
Las Vegas drew first blood, as Matt Thomas put the visitors ahead 1-0 in the 16th minute. Truthfully, Vegas were largely controlling the run of play in the opening minutes and were fair value for their lead to that point.
But Orange County buckled down from there and played their way into the game. Thomas Enevoldsen tied up the game in the 26th minute, with his 14th goal of the season, and then the Dane set up his partner up top, Michael Seaton, three minutes later to give OCSC a 2-1 lead.
Orange County’s task became tougher in the 56th minute, as goalkeeper Andre Rawls was sent off for handling outside his box. Truthfully, he was at best right on the line and most likely over the line, and with an opposing player bearing down it sounds like he was judged for a handball to deny an obvious goalscoring opportunity. So he came off and Casey Beyers was drafted in, in place of the sacrificed Mark Segbers.
Seaton scored his second goal of the game in the 65th minute, on a classic shorthanded play, giving OCSC a bigger cushion down a man with a nicely-taken strike.
The win shows a team confident, in form, and not afraid to take on a challenge like going down a man, and a key man at that. Orange County are definitely looking like a team to fear in the Western Conference, and we’ll see how long they can keep this going. Their next test? A road game up in Portland against Portland Timbers 2 next Wednesday. The teams played recently, a 2-2 draw in Irvine, after Orange County let their opponents post a two-goal lead before coming back to rally for a point. Can they better that up in Oregon? We’ll find out next week.
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