Perfect Start to 2018 Season for OCFC [Video]

by Art Eftekhari

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Irvine, CA – One year ago Orange County FC had its home opener for the 2017 NPSL Season at Portola High School and dominated in a 6-1 victory over Temecula FC.

Yesterday was the start of the 2018 NPSL Season for OCFC at its new home: Championship Soccer Stadium at Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

The result was another five-goal victory, but this time OCFC did not concede a goal.

Newcomer Dakota Collins opened up the scoring in the third minute to give OCFC a 1-0 lead after receiving a pass from right back Daniel Yo.

OCFC brought the pressure the entire match and never let off the gas.

In the 27th minute, a corner kick from Jose Montes de Oca resulted in two headers.

First, a header from captain Michael Bryant and then a second header from center back Kevin Belmonte found its way into the far corner as Oxnard keeper Angel Cervantes came out into no-man’s land.

OCFC was in control with a 2-0 lead, but the damage was not done in the first half.

In stoppage time, Dakota Collins was brought down from behind in the penalty area and the talented winger converted the penalty kick as Cervantes dove the wrong way.

Two minutes after the restart, Nathan Yepez was fouled from behind in the penalty area and another penalty was awarded.

Collins stepped up again and put his shot into the roof of the net to give OCFC a 4-0 lead.

The crowd was enjoying a first-class soccer experience and had plenty to cheer about at Championship Soccer Stadium.

Dakota Collins completed his hat-trick and was subbed out immediately for newly acquired midfielder Daniel ten Bosch.

The rout continued as later in the first half, a long pass from second half substitute Jonny Romero found Jose Montes de Oca.

Montes used his excellent dribbling skills to evade the Oxnard center backs and fired his shot into the net to give OCFC a 5-0 lead.

At the other end of the field, OCFC keeper Brandon Gomez was rarely called into action and there was some speculation as to whether or not he would be available for the home opener against Oxnard.

Brandon Gomez had a lot on his mind considering he became a father 24-hours earlier.

But the number one keeper made it to Championship Soccer Stadium in time and received the captain’s armband when Michael Bryant was subbed out in the second half.

It was a class act from Bryant and it was the perfect start to the season for Orange County FC.