On Wednesday night, Orange County SC continued its U.S. Open Cup campaign with a 1-0 win against UPSL side LA Wolves at Azusa Pacific University.
Early on in the match, it was Orange County who displayed well-organized ball movement in the midfield from players like Richard Chaplow and Victor Pineda that kept the team steady in terms of creating and finding space moving forward.
However, there were shaky moments from the Orange County defense that would eventually lead to goalkeeper Charlie Lyon to make some key saves in order to keep the team from trailing after such a fast pace start from both teams. It was not until the 41st minute when Roy Meeus struck a well taken free kick just outside the box beating Wolves goalkeeper Lucas Nascimento towards the bottom left of goal.
In the second half, head coach Logan Pause had his team approach the match with a more defensive minded counter attack mentality as LA Wolves dominated possession in search of an equalizer, but would not prevail.
Overall, a 1-0 loss for the LA Wolves showed that they were clearly capable of competing with a talented team like Orange County, and more importantly raised the coaching stock for Eric Wynalda who undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.
“Our group proved that we’re extremely competitive but it happens. Sometimes you outshoot your opponents, 75-t0-4, and still lose. I think there’s certain parts of tonight’s performance that showed who we are and where we are. We lacked a little bit of quality at times but the character of the group is really impressive. I think the guys will wake up tomorrow and people will tell them they played great and they’ll say, ‘Nah. Not really.’ I think they know.”
As for Orange County, they will meet the LA Galaxy in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on a date this is still yet to be determined.
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