Thomas Enevoldsen scored a brace, including the game-winner, as Orange County SC battled a game Portland Timbers 2 side to a 3-2 win at Merlo Park in Portland, Ore. on Wednesday night.
The win helps OC reach the 50-point mark for the season, and they are now on an eight-game unbeaten streak.
Orange County started hot, with Thomas Enevoldsen opening the scoring in the 9th minute, as a low cross trickled through to his spot as the third man in the box, and he made no mistake.
The air quality in Portland was low due to wildfires in the region, and there were stoppages in play to allow the teams to catch their breath, to an extent.
Tomas Conechny tied up the game in the 44th minute, as Orange County fell asleep in possession and Portland made them pay for it.
OC thought they took the lead in the 50th minute off a tap-in from Michael Seaton, but the goal was waived off for offside on the Jamaican.
But Orange County did take the lead in the 65th minute, as Alex Crognale followed up on Aodhan Quinn’s free kick, the initial attempt by Mats Bjurman saved by Kendall McIntosh, but Crognale coming up clutch again with a goal for OC.
Luis Lopez had critical saves in each half for OCSC, stepping in for the suspended Andre Rawls on the night in goal.
But T2 wouldn’t say die, and Foster Langsdorf tied the game up at 2-2 in the 79th minute with a bloop header over Lopez.
Enevoldsen had another answer, however, as he scored a flicked-on spinning redirection to make it 3-2 in the 85th minute, scoring his 16th goal of the season.
Portland is a good team and plays well, and are a team that seems to be in each match. But Orange County are in absolutely flying form right now, and they seem to be fully capable of getting a result in every single game these days, and that includes on the road, where they are 7-4-1 for the season to date.
Orange County won’t get much rest, as they’ll travel back home and host Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday. They’re level on points with Real Monarchs atop the Western Conference, and are really gunning for first place. Given the form they’re in, you wouldn’t necessarily bet against them these days.
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