Orange County SC scored two goals deep in stoppage time to complete a dramatic comeback on Saturday, ultimately defeating OKC Energy FC 3-2 at Orange County Great Park and moving up to first place in the USL Western Conference.
Heading into injury time, it looked like OCSC would go three games in a row without a win, and their prospects of moving up in the table looked like they were fading as a slump was hitting at a difficult stretch in the season. But goals from Noah Powder and Aodhan Quinn rescued the home side and gave them a signature result in what’s been a special season for the club.
One OKC Energy player who’s found success against Orange County in the past, Alex Dixon, once again gave the home team fits for much of the match. First, he drew the penalty that opened the scoring for OKC in the 20th minute, converted by Philip Rasmussen, after Jos Hooiveld kicked Dixon on a clearance attempt as the striker streaked into the box.
But OC equalized in fairly speedy fashion, as Aodhan Quinn’s corner kick was headed in by Michael Seaton to make it 1-1 in the 24th minute.
Truth be told, OKC had the better of the run of play in the first half, but OC came roaring back into the game in the second half. In spite of that, Dixon scored against the run of play in the 64th minute to put Energy FC ahead 2-1.
Orange County continued to battle, but had to wait until stoppage time for the magic to happen. in the 94th minute, Powder scored on a free kick just outside the box after drawing the foul moments earlier, his first goal with Orange County SC.
From there, after the restart Orange County kicked the ball around, looking for a last-minute miracle, and they got it, as Giovanni Ramos Godoy played a simple ball back to Quinn, and he stroked it in from a similar spot as Powder’s goal, with the team celebrating wildly in response.
By not only picking up a win but also one in dramatic fashion and one that puts them atop the Western Conference, it was a tremendous result and performance for Orange County SC. There’s a feeling this is a special season, and the next chance to keep the run going comes next Sunday, as Orange County will take on Fresno FC in Fresno. Only five games left in the regular season, and things are looking good for OCSC.
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