The second I-405 derby of the season was one for the books for OCSC as they defeated local rivals LA Galaxy II on Saturday 4-0 in their home opener at Orange County Great Park.
In the opening minutes, Orange County SC and LA Galaxy II immediately battled for possession of the midfield, as well as both teams quickly displaying their capabilities to quickly transition onto a counter attack from skillful and speedy players like Carlos Alvarez, Duke Lacroix who struck one off the post from a Jerry Van Ewijk pass, and Ariel Lassiter who missed a good opportunity to put one in the back of the net from a smooth cross that was delivered by Ethan Zubak.
However, the game took an unfortunate incident in the 14th minute when Duke Lacroix picked up an injury, and was unable to continue on for the rest of the game after colliding with LA Galaxy II defender Hugo Arellano. Coach Logan Pause would substitute in Wuilito Fernandes for Lacroix.
It was not until the 28th minute when the referee rewarded Orange County SC a penalty that took a deflection off the hand of Los Dos midfielder Ryo Fuji, and was steadily scored by Jerry Van Ewijk to make it 1-0 OCSC.
Shortly after, it was 2-0 OCSC in the 31st minute when LA Galaxy II goal-keeper Eric Lopez made the attempt to clear a dangerous ball over the top that was delivered from the OCSC midfield, but landed right in front of the feet of Van Ewijk who nicely lobbed the ball into the open net.
Three minutes later, a mistake took place that started in the Los Dos defense when Robert Castellanos lost possession of the ball to OCSC’s Wuilito Fernandes off of some good pressure, and would eventually lead to an own goal by Alex Juarez when OCSC rapidly sent a ball inside the box.
In the second half, Orange County SC would tally one more goal in the 59th minute when Van Ewijk found Fernandes making a great run in between the LA Galaxy II defenders, and would find himself beating Eric Lopez to make it 4-0.
LAFC‘s newest addition Monday Etim would make an appearance for Orange County SC coming on for Gustavo Villalobos in the midfield, and approached the game with simple passing, and an assist minded mentality. Monday would go on to pick up a yellow card in the 70th minute.
Overall, Orange County SC were calm, cool, and collective in all aspects of the game. Goal-keeper Charlie Lyon made a pair of great saves, and earned a well deserved clean sheet. The OCSC defense really took matters into their own hands, and did a great job of not only containing, but limiting real dangerous opportunities from the Los Dos attack, which included five LA Galaxy first team players like Ariel Lassiter, Raul Mendiola, Jose Villarreal, Bradford Jamieson IV, and defender Hugo Arellano.
As for LA Galaxy II, many unfortunate mistakes took place, and at this level against tough opponents, those mistakes will be capitalized on. They were beaten mentally throughout the match, and part of that may be because they are youth oriented. However, in simple, it just was not their day.
Orange County SC now have 10 points in the Western Conference, and will play Tulsa Roughnecks FC next on Saturday, May 13.
LA Galaxy II remain with four points in the Western Conference, and will take on Real Monarchs next on Wednesday, May 10.
LA – Ryo Fuji 45′ (caution)
OC – Monday Etim 70′ (caution)
LA – Ian Lonergan 79′ (caution)
Orange County SC (4-5-1): Charles Lyon; Oscar Sorto, Alberto Navarro, Salomon Wbias, Joe Franco; Victor Pineda, Ami Pineda, Carlos Alvarez, Gustavo Villalobos, Jerry Van Ewijk; Duke Lacroix
Subs Used: Wuilito Fernandes, Monday Etim, Kevin Jeon
LA Galaxy II (4-4-2): Eric Lopez; Hugo Arellano, Robert Castellanos, Ian Lonergan, Alex Juarez; Jose Villarreal, Raul Mendiola, Ryo Fuji, Bradford Jamieson IV; Ariel Lassiter, Ethan Zubak
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