Orange County FC defeat Temecula 3-1 [Video]

by Art Eftekhari

orange county fc win third consecutive league match in victory over temecula

Irvine, CA – Nearly two months ago, Orange County FC left Temecula with a frustrating 1-1 draw.

This time it was OCFC that made sure to get the victory and the important three points to keep pace with Albion in the NPSL Southwest standings.

OCFC was the better team throughout the afternoon on a sunny and windy Mother’s Day.

Temecula came into the match looking to park the bus with the hope to burn Orange County on the counterattacks.

The plan didn’t work very well as OCFC dominated possession and took the lead on a set piece in the 30th minute when Connor Gordon received a pass from Daniel Crisostomo on a free kick and put his shot past Temecula keeper Ben Chamberlin.

Early in the second half, leading scorer Dakota Collins was fouled from behind in the penalty area.

A penalty was awarded, and Collins converted the kick himself to give OCFC a 2-0 lead.

Temecula did make the game interesting for a few moments after midfielder Sergio Lopez cut the lead in half after he put in a rebound past keeper Brandon Gomez.

The visitors brought some pressure, but OCFC quickly put a stop to any possible heroics when Temecula-native Dakota Collins scored his second of the match to give the home side a 3-1 lead.

Many substitutions were made by OCFC head coach Paul Caligiuri to give his players a much-needed rest ahead of the huge U.S. Open Cup Second Round match against Fresno FC that will be played on Wednesday May 16.

A lot of soccer has been played by Orange County FC in recent weeks, but it is further proof that OCFC is one of the teams to beat in the NPSL.

But Paul Caligiuri and OCFC are hoping to be one of the teams to beat in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.