Santa Ana Fights Back to Defeat OCFC 2

by Art Eftekhari

ocfc 2 eliminated from playoffs after 2-1 loss to santa ana winds

Lake Forest, CA – Everything was on the line on December 28 when OCFC 2 took the field against favorites Santa Ana Winds FC at Lake Forest Sports Park.

Both teams were feeling confident after victories in the SoCal North semifinals.

Santa Ana Winds easily got past Cal FC in a 3-0 win while OCFC 2 dominated in a 5-1 victory over Oxnard Guerreros FC.

But when the SoCal North Division I final kicked off in Lake Forest, it was clear that OCFC 2 would have its work cut in trying to slow down the dangerous Santa Ana attack.

Crisp passing and excellent ball movement created opportunities for Santa Ana Winds while OCFC 2 caused few problems playing the long ball.

The Santa Ana center backs Adrian Veliz and Jose Ambriz did their jobs in containing OCFC striker Jose Montes de Oca throughout the first half.

OCFC 2 keeper Jake Hansen was called into action on more than one occasion as his saves helped keep Santa Ana off the scoresheet.

The first half ended scoreless but Santa Ana came close to scoring when midfielder Erik Carbajal’s free kicks hit the cross bar on two occasions.

It was hard to imagine OCFC 2 being able to find a goal in the second half, especially because Santa Ana was winning the battle in midfield.

But ironically, it was OCFC 2 that took the lead two minutes after the restart.

A long free kick from Jose Montes de Oca sailed into the Santa Ana penalty area and Cristian Gordillo’s header evaded a diving Robert DeVone.

Playing with a 1-0 lead, surely the OCFC supporters were hoping to see their team hold on with the minutes ticking away.

But the lead only lasted twenty minutes and this time it was a free kick from a far distance that got Santa Ana Winds on the board.

The ball floated into the OCFC 2 penalty area and the ball went off the head of defender Josh Davis for an own goal.

Immediately after the goal, the OCFC 2 players appeared flustered.

Two minutes later, a turnover from OCFC 2 led to a throw in and Jordan Gorman found himself deep in the OCFC penalty area.

Unable to clear the ball to safety, second half substitute Kramer Runager fired a shot into the far corner to give Santa Ana Winds a 2-1 lead.

Paul Caligiuri continued to make substitutions to try and find the equalizer, but it was not to be OCFC 2’s night as the Fall UPSL season came to a close.

Santa Ana Winds FC moves on to the UPSL SoCal final while OCFC 2 will have to regroup and wait for the spring.

Despite the disappointing finish, it was a good run for OCFC 2 that included eleven wins, two losses, and one draw.

Jose Montes de Oca, commonly known as Chila, led the way with nine goals and showed his skills as a leader throughout the season and goalkeeper Jake Hansen surely made his case to become new starting keeper for OCFC.