ASC San Diego Defeat OCFC 2-0 [Video]

by Art Eftekhari

disaster first half dooms orange county fc in defeat

Irvine, CA – Everyone is familiar with that phrase “There is no place like home”. But in the case of Orange County FC, home matches have not been ideal in 2019.

Going into the showdown with ASC San Diego on June 15, the memo was clear that OCFC had to win to get closer to clinching a playoff spot.

Yet things didn’t go according to plan and right from the kickoff it was evident that Albion would be tough to beat as the San Diego-based club controlled the pace and created more scoring opportunities.

Forward Anthony Virgara created trouble early and almost appeared to have won a penalty after a tackle from Josh Davis, but the official did not point to the spot.

After an OCFC move was broken up, Khadim Seye got the ball quickly to Dallin Cutler. Virgara was on the run and his cross inside the penalty area was finished off by Michael Semenza from close range to give Albion a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute.

The shot from Semenza took a deflection and center back Ryan Holland was unable to keep the ball from crossing the goal line.

Albion built off the confidence and continued to dominate the first half as OCFC resorted to long ball tactics to counter the crowded Albion midfield.

Just after the half-hour mark, a pass from Blake Frischknecht bounced off teammate Bryan Arguez and let to a counterattack opportunity for the visitors.

Christian Enriquez was at the forefront of the attack with plenty of room and got the ball to Semenza.

With a quick touch, Semenza got the ball back to Enriquez and the Albion leading scorer fired his shot past OCFC keeper Pepe Miranda to double the lead to 2-0.

The frustration was visible through the body language of the OCFC players as the visitors had plenty of confidence going into the halftime locker room with a two-goal lead.

In the second half, OCFC controlled possession but was unable to create clear cut scoring opportunities as ASC San Diego played more compact and looked content to park the bus and protect the lead.

With time winding down, a free kick opportunity came for OCFC. But second half substitute Jordan Chrzan saw his kick rattle the cross bar.

Minutes later Dowan Kim had an opportunity at point blank range but was denied by the legs of Haitian keeper Jean Antoine.

There was plenty to be frustrated about at the final whistle as Orange County FC dropped points at home for the fourth time this season.

It has been said before that wins do not come easy in the NPSL Southwest and now OCFC realizes that clinching a playoff spot will not come any easier.