After going down 1-0 as a result of an unlucky own goal, Galaxy II fought back to secure a 1-1 draw in the I-405 derby against Orange County Soccer Club. The result ended their three-game losing streak.
The first half was open for both teams. Los Dos were able to break through OCSC’s defense in as early as the second minute as Ethan Zubak was able to get in behind but was unable to find a teammate in the penalty area.
OCSC was able to do the same as Duke LaCroix and Jerry Van Ewijk were looking to put the pressure on Los Dos’ defense.
While LA Galaxy II was the home team, OCSC was able to sustain pressure in their attacking third as Carlos Alvarez, Ami Pineda, and Victor Pineda were able to retain the ball and facilitate their attack.
OCSC broke the deadlock in the second half as they were able to find space on the right of the pitch. Los Dos defender Jean-Jospin Engola knocked the ball into his own net as he tried to defend a cross in the 49th minute.
— Orange County SC (@orangecountysc) April 23, 2017
OCSC controlled the game for a period after the goal, but a tactical masterstroke by Los Dos boss Mike Munoz changed the complexion of the match as he brought on forward Ari Lassiter in the 60th minute.
Lassiter was able to exert his influence on the game as he was able to help Zubak in leading the line for Los Dos.
In the 67th minute, Lassiter hit a venomous freekick that OCSC keeper Charles Lyon was unable to handle and midfielder Adrian Vera was able to hit home the rebound to make it 1-1.
— LA Galaxy II (@LAGalaxyII) April 23, 2017
In second half stoppage time, Los Dos had two opportunities to win the match as Zubak and Engola were unable to capitalize on grade A scoring chances.
The match ended 1-1.
Man of the Match: Ari Lassiter
When he was subbed on in the 60th minute, Lassiter was a thorn in the side of OCSC. He was able to provide another outlet for the LA Galaxy II up top. He was directly involved in tying the game up as his freekick was fumbled in the box and Vera was able to hit it home. His movement provided headaches for the Orange County side.
Los Dos’ next game is against OCSC in the return fixture at Orange County Great Park in Irvine.
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