Substitutes for each team came off the bench to score and in the end nothing separated LA Galaxy II and Orange County SC, as they tied 2-2 in the 405 Derby on Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.
OCSC had a late lead, but the home side scored in second-half stoppage time to split the points, in a game that was relatively well-behaved for being a rivalry clash and where both teams had their spells of controlling play.
Brian Iloski opened the scoring for LA just two minutes in, with an angled shot from close range unstoppable by Patrick McLain and Orange County’s defense.
In the 14th minute, Augustine Williams had a jailbreak opportunity for Galaxy II with only McLain to beat, but the GK rushed out and smothered the shot to keep it away from the goal.
OCSC tied up the game in the 50th minute off a free kick, as Aodhan Quinn’s service avoided all other contact and bounced into the net through traffic. It was a bit fortunate but sometimes you get that nice bounce.
On the other end, McLain made a huge save on a deflected Galaxy II shot shortly before the hour mark to keep the game tied.
Then Orange County took the lead in the 76th minute, as Vinicius headed in Harry Forrester’s early cross. The Brazilian had entered the match just a few minutes earlier before scoring his second of the season.
But Galaxy II scored a stoppage-time equalizer through another substitute Frank Lopez, headed in off Juninho’s corner kick, to make it 2-2 late.
Orange County will rue giving up the late goal to drop two points, but the balance of play means a draw is probably fair. Considering OCSC have only won in Carson once means taking a point there is still a pretty decent result.
Braeden Cloutier’s side will have a week until their next match, next Saturday back at home against Rio Grande Valley FC, one of the few teams that gave them total fits in 2018. But, it’s a new season and we’ll see what next week’s game brings to OCSC.
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