Orange County SC got back in the win column on Saturday, but it came at a price, as they picked up two red cards to two key players in a 2-1 win over Rio Grande Valley FC at Orange County Great Park.
The visitors were featuring a pretty strong lineup, which included Houston Dynamo players Juan David Cabezas, Alejandro Fuenmayor and Ronaldo Peña. but after RGVFC swept Orange County in league play last season, Orange County found a measure of revenge in the teams’ first meeting this year.
RGVFC won a penalty in the opening minutes off a handball by Aodhan Quinn, but Patrick McLain blocked the spot kick by Peña to keep the game scoreless.
Orange County opened the scoring in the 10th minute, as Quinn sent in a corner kick that was finished by Michael Seaton with a towering header.
Darwin Jones extended Orange County’s lead in the 31st minute, with an effort slammed in from close-range after a beautiful first touch off Harry Forrester’s entry pass.
But RGVFC had an answer, as Robert Coronado scored a goal from range just before halftime to narrow OCSC’s lead to one.
Following the break, the score stayed the same and Orange County were in control of the flow of play. Then, in the 67th minute, Quinn picked up his second yellow card of the game for a lunging tackle, and was sent off.
In the 92nd minute, Jones was sent off for a second yellow card, on a clear card-worthy foul. OCSC finished the match with nine players, but they dug deep and held on for the win, one that was much-needed. It’s arguably their best win of the season to date.
Orange County are back in action in a week’s time, as they’ll head to Nevada to take on Las Vegas Lights FC next Saturday. Las Vegas, now coached by Eric Wynalda, are in the same general clump in the Western Conference standings as OCSC, so it’s sure to be a big game, and one without Quinn and Jones, which will be pretty interesting indeed.
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