In a winless streak that has now been extended to eight games, Orange County SC drop another three points in a 3-1 loss vs. Reno 1868 FC.
Orange County started off aggressively in the opening stages of the first half. Their ball movement was good and made runs in behind Reno’s defense.
They had a good chance to score before the 10th minute as OC debutant Irvin Parra held the ball up well, but was unable to find an open Carlos Alvarez alone in the 18-yard box.
Despite positive play from the home side, it was Reno who broke the dead lock in the 13th minute as Jimmy Ockford took advantage of a loose ball in the box.
Orange County then began to throw numbers forward in search of an equalizer, but Reno struck again in the 15th minute as Chris Wehan finished a chance from an incisive counter attack.
After that, Orange County lacked any answers to comeback.
Being 2-0 down, they gave up too many easy chances on the counter and they never looked like scoring.
They had a chance to pull one back in the 25th minute as Parra hit a shot off the bar.
The start of the second half did not help Orange County either.
In the 56th minute, defender Sola Abolaji, the hero from their 1-1 draw vs. Phoenix Rising, was sent off after he took down a Reno attacker (Abolaji was the last man).
They would concede a third goal in the 67th minute as Chris Wehan got himself a deserved brace.
Orange County pulled one back in second half stoppage time as Monday Etim slid one home past Reno keeper Bersano which was the 1000th goal scored in the USL this season.
Etim commented on the team’s performance:
“Our approach to the game wasn’t good enough. We know we the qualities we have on our team and we know we are good team, but I wasn’t satisfied on how we played tonight.”
With the loss, Orange County has a massive hill to climb if they seek to make the playoffs come October.
In their nine remaining games, they will have to play against 7 of the top 8 teams in the Western Conference.
Carlos Alvarez went as far to guarantee that Orange County will make the playoffs this year:
“We got to pick our heads up and keep working because at the end of the day, this team is going to make the playoffs, I guarantee you that. This team will make the playoffs because the team has a fighting spirit we never gave up. We got a goal late, but unfortunately we weren’t able to finish our chances. We got to keep our heads up and it will happen.”
Orange County’s next match is this away from home Wednesday, September 6th vs. Phoenix Rising.
*All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.
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