OCFC Score Late to Salvage a Draw [Video]

by Art Eftekhari

ocfc faces tough road to playoffs after 1-1 tie with riverside

Irvine, CA – In recent days all the talk has been about Orange County FC’s amazing run in the 2019 U.S. Open Cup.

Yet because of the success of OCFC, it comes as no surprise that the other members of the Southwest find themselves excited for the opportunity to gain a positive result against the hottest team in the NPSL.

Earlier in the season, OCFC dominated Riverside Coras with a 4-0 victory away from home.

On May 29, OCFC earned its second ever victory against a professional club when it eliminated Las Vegas Lights FC from the U.S. Open Cup.

Going into the match against Riverside Coras on June 1, everyone was expecting OCFC to earn an easy victory at Portola High School.

But things did not go to plan in what would turn out to be a frustrating night for Orange County FC.

Center back Ryan Holland was suspended due to yellow card accumulation and winger Dakota Collins was ruled out because of injury.

Throughout the night, it seemed as if the OCFC players were not in sync with players not connecting on passes or through balls while the Riverside players seemed content to close down space and play for a draw.

The match was scoreless at the half and it was evident that things were not going well for the OCFC players based on the communication that was taking place on the field.

Minutes continued to tick away in the second half and as more time passed, the more likely it seemed like it would be one of those games that would end in a dull draw.

OCFC created opportunities but Riverside keeper Andres Moreno came up with big saves to add to the frustration in the second half.

Disaster struck in the 84th minute when a shot from Brian Garcia beat OCFC keeper Pepe Miranda to give Riverside a 1-0 lead.

Garcia took advantage of a defensive breakdown when he received a pass from Randy De Los Santos and quickly put his shot into the far corner.

The OCFC players were in disbelief. Throughout the night it appeared that the match would end in a dull draw, but now defeat was staring OCFC in the face.

Four minutes later, Riverside nearly doubled the lead on a shot from Adrian Moreno. But Pepe Miranda came up with a huge kick save to keep his team in the match.

The home team increased the pressure and a cross from Aaron Lombardi was headed into the net by Cody Shelton in the 89th minute to level the score at 1-1.

OCFC looked for the winning goal in stoppage time. But it would not come as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

At times this season has been a rollercoaster ride and with the dropped points at home, it is clear that getting to the playoffs will be a grind for OCFC.