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In Aaron we trust: Orange County SC 0, Sacramento Republic FC 0

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Teenager GK caps off terrific week with home shutout.

Liza Rosales | Liza Rosales Photography (courtesy of Orange County SC)

Orange County SC played their second scoreless draw in their last three games on Saturday, after 90 minutes of stalemate play against Sacramento Republic FC at Orange County Great Park.

17-year-old goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes, seemingly the No. 1 for Orange County moving forward, notched another clean sheet and was very much the busier backstop on the night, making three saves.

Orange County nearly had a dream start with the ball going in the net in the first two minutes, but the goal was called back for a foul.

Darwin Jones had a penalty shout just after the hour mark when he went down in Sacramento’s box, but the referee waved play on, apparently deeming the contact a 50-50 shoulder charge.

Beyond that, it was primarily Sacramento, but they didn’t look especially sharp themselves. With former OC Blues goalkeeper Josh Cohen transferred to an Israeli club last week by Sacramento, Rafael Diaz was the goalkeeper on the night for the visitors but Orange County struggled to put shots on goal to test him, managing just one all night. Coming off a good, but tiresome midweek game on a blazing day on Wednesday with much of the same players in the lineup, tired legs may have caught up to Orange County as they were forced to settle for a draw.

The bad news is the draw, coupled with results elsewhere in the USL Championship Western Conference, dropped OC below the playoff line after jumping above it on Wednesday. The good news is they are level on points with the team in 10th...Sacramento. And now they’ll get a rest, with a bye next week, before jumping back into the action on Aug. 9 at the Tacoma Defiance. We’ll see if the rest will leave them refreshed when they’re back in action.

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