Another Tie for OCFC [Video]

by Art Eftekhari

neither Team scores in tough scoreless draw between ocfc and fc golden state

Whittier, CA – When the 2018 NPSL season started, Orange County FC was viewed as the team-to-beat by all the soccer experts.

But after three games, OCFC only has one win and two ties while FC Golden State remains at the top of the NPSL Southwest Conference with seven points.

There were not many quality chances for OCFC and goalkeeper Brandon Gomez was called into action early when he made an excellent diving save to deny midfielder Marcelo Manfredini.

Brazilian midfielder and FC Golden State leading scorer Pedro Fonseca didn’t find the back of the net, but he created trouble throughout the night.

Late in the first half OCFC had appeals for a penalty kick due to a hand ball, but it appeared as though the hand ball took place just outside the FC Golden State penalty area.

OCFC started the game with a new lineup that contained newcomers such as Colombian left back Kley Bejarano and winger Kevin Jeon.

Erik Mueller made his return to OCFC after a lengthy absence and started at center back next to Cody Shelton.

Daniel Yo remained at right back while the defensive midfield had Michael Bryant and Armando Flores.

Jeon started on the right wing while Alex Ferreira was the wing on the opposite side. Daniel ten Bosch played as the center attacking midfielder behind striker Dakota Collins.

It was a tough game that also contained questionable officiating and late in the second half there was an altercation between Golden State center back Erlys Garcia and OCFC striker Roonie Moreno.

Garcia was shown a straight red card that left the FC Golden State players irate. The home side had to play the remainder of their home opener with ten men.

OCFC at times looked like the better side in the second half but was unable to get past the tough and disciplined FC Golden State backline.

Next up for OCFC is a home fixture against Albion Soccer Club on Wednesday April 18 at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine.