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Three Takeaways From Orange County SC’s 4-3 Win Over Seattle Sounders 2

Orange County SC goalscorer Carlos Alvarez celebrating with teammate Victor Pineda | Photo by Lisa Norro-Broome for LA Soccer Nation | June 24, 2017
Three Takeaways From Orange County SC’s 4-3 Win Over Seattle Sounders 2

Orange County SC managed to have several positives in their 4-3 home win over Seattle Sounders 2 on Saturday, but undoubtedly could use improvement in some areas.

Orange County SC huddling before their match | Photo by Lisa Norro-Broome for LA Soccer Nation | June 24, 2017

Long Ball Passing 

Make no mistake, Orange County SC has displayed an effective long ball passing approach against a number of opponents that they have come across this season, and continued to do more of that versus the visiting Seattle Sounders 2 on Saturday. To be truthful, Seattle showed a lack of discipline in defense when it came to dealing with the passes that were sent over from the Orange County back line.

Orange County SC v Seattle Sounders 2 | Photo by Lisa Norro-Broome for LA Soccer Nation | June 24, 2017

They were taken advantage of by players such as Roy Meeus, Oscar Sorto, Salomon Wbias, and Joe Franco who would find Jerry Van Ewijk, Dusan Stevanovic, and Wuilito Fernandes making great runs on breakaways. It’s no secret that this game plan has been a positive for OCSC throughout the season, and will remain a strong attribute to the many things that the players on the Orange County defense are capable of doing so well of.

Finishing Chances

Since the absence of Duke Lacroix back in May due to injury, OCSC have struggled more than they would have thought in terms of finishing chances considering the team has not scored a goal in their last three fixtures in USL competition leading up to this game. More importantly, the concern is not whether they can create chances, because they can, but scoring has been an issue.

Orange County SC forward Jerry Van Ewijk crossing the ball | Photo by Lisa Norro-Broome for LA Soccer Nation | June 24, 2017

However, Orange County found themselves firing on all cylinders when in-form Roy Meeus stepped up to finish a penalty, a Seattle own goal by Christian Koontz off a Orange County set piece, and Carlos Alvarez who laid out a great finish beating Tyler Miller to make it 3-0 Orange County at the half. It was not until Gustavo Villalobos, the substitute, who scored the fourth goal of the game to secure all three points for Orange County. Nonetheless, Orange County did a great job of scoring four goals, and can surely use that confidence moving forward.

Maintaining a Comfortable Lead

Orange County SC defenders Oscar Sorto and Joe Franco hustling back on defense | Photo by Lisa Norro-Broome for LA Soccer Nation | June 24, 2017

Early on OCSC were up 3-0 at the half, but slowly let Seattle climb back into the game having responded with three goals in the second half. Although the match ended 4-3 in favor of Orange County, these particular kind of leads are one to keep an eye on to see how well the team maintains a strong lead. Overall, it was not the best response from Orange County, but is definitely a learning experience for Charlie Lyon, and his back-line to stay organized throughout the full 90 minutes.

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