A brace from LA Galaxy II forward Frank Lopez sunk Orange County SC’s hopes at a win in the 405 Derby on Saturday at Orange County Great Park, as the visitors walked away with a 2-1 win.
Once again, Lopez came to haunt Orange County, as the man who tied up the last game between the teams with a late goal opened the scoring in this one, with a well-taken finish just after the halftime break to give LA the 1-0 lead.
But Vinicius tied up the game for Orange County in the 54th minute, as the Brazilian swept in a pinball in the Galaxy II box to make it 1-1.
In the 86th minute, Lopez scored his second of the night, on a counterattack, a familiar late collapse for Orange County, who had been down at the other end trying to get the go-ahead strike.
The result was a heartbreaker for Orange County, whose struggles this season continue. They currently sit in 14th place in the Western Conference, as the top 10 make the playoffs.
After the game Danny Crisostomo said, “We played well in moments, we just have to put a full ninety together, and we haven’t done that all season.” He added, “We have to be dangerous, we have to be a focused, disciplined, hard working team, and the rest will come.”
“The good thing is we get a quick turnaround,” said head coach Braeden Cloutier. “The way things are going right now leaves a sour taste in everybody’s mouth. We want to get back out on the field as quick as possible and redeem ourselves.”
Orange County are back in action on Thursday, on the road against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. The Switchbacks have been struggling more than OCSC, so they’ll hope to play the road spoilers in the next game on the holiday.
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