Late Goal Beats OCFC [Video]

by Art Eftekhari

Ocfc rue miscues in costly defeat to fc golden state

Whittier, CA – At times it has been a season full of excitement with reasons to cheer and jump for joy. But there has also been plenty of frustration in a 2019 roller coaster season for Orange County FC.

Entering the match with FC Golden State on June 29, OCFC needed a victory as any other result would do no good in the quest to qualify to the NPSL Southwest playoffs.

But division winners FC Golden State were in no mood to help their rivals and jumped out to an early lead when a through ball was finished off by Eduardo Faria in the 9th minute of play. 

Thirteen minutes later Gustavo Villalobos doubled the lead for the home side when he pounced on a long ball and placed his shot into the far corner past Pepe Miranda.

FC Golden State continued to attack but the OCFC defenders held firm to stop the bleeding.

Finally, OCFC got its break in the final minutes of the half when a handball led to a penalty kick. Michael Bryant scored from the spot to cut the lead to 2-1 going into the interval.

There was plenty of time remaining for OCFC to get the result it needed, but just after the hour mark, defender Aaron Lombardi was whistled for an aggressive slide tackle.

Lombard’s reaction said it all as he had his head down after the whistle. He was playing with a yellow card and a second yellow card would equal a red card.

OCFC would have to play the rest of the match with ten men.

Despite being a man down, OCFC fought back and equalized three minutes later when the British duo came through.

Forward Joshua Bynoe beat the Golden State offside trap and connecting on a long ball from center back Ryan Holland.

Bynoe easily slotted the ball home to level the score at 2-2 to set up an exciting finish.

Neither team was able to find the winning goal with both sides trading opportunities as the minutes ticked away.

In the 88th minute, FC Golden State delivered the dagger when center back Alex Culwell headed the ball past Miranda off a corner kick to give the home side a 3-2 win.

There would be no late heroics in the final minutes as the OCFC players realized summer vacation would come early this year.

One more match remains on the schedule against AS Los Angeles. But it is a match that will be played for pride. 

But despite missing out on the playoffs for the first time, the OCFC players have every reason to keep their heads up.

They fought hard to the last minute and never gave up in a season that will not be forgotten.