Darwin Jones led the way, with a brace and an assist, as Orange County SC romped to a 4-1 win over Reno 1868 FC on Wednesday at Orange County Great Park in the club’s annual summer weekday matinee match.
The win, the biggest of the season for OCSC, helped them leap up from 14th place to 10th, as Orange County snapped Reno’s 5-game winning streak.
The game, played in a heat wave in Southern California, kicked off at 1 pm locally. In unseasonably hot weather, Orange County were up from the game for the beginning, with Jones fueling the 11th-minute opener, dribbling up the left flank and sending in a perfect cross headed in by an unmarked Michael Seaton.
Jones scored his first of the game himself in the 36th minute, taking the helper from Seaton this time, as his sharp shot bounced over JT Marcinkowski on its way into the net to make it 2-0.
After halftime, OCSC did what they’ve struggled to do at times and kept their foot on the pedal, with Jones scoring his second of the day in the 50th minute off a feed from Christian Duke, making his first start of the season after a long injury layoff.
Corey Hertzog spoiled Orange County’s bid at a shutout as he scored in the 58th minute for Reno, but it was a landmark day for rookie Danny Crisostomo, who scored his first goal as a professional with a well-taken angled shot in second-half stoppage time to seal the win.
It’s a great result for Orange County, their best of the season, but they won’t have much time to savor it, as they’re back in action at Championship Soccer Stadium on Saturday against Sacramento Republic FC, a team they’ve had some great games against over the years. Should be another big test, we’ll see if this is the turning point for Orange County SC.
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