For the first time in their history, Orange County SC will compete for the USL Championship title after defeating San Antonio FC in penalty kicks in the 2021 USL Championship Playoffs, presented by TwinSpires: Western Conference Final on Saturday, November 20 at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine. OCSC advanced 5-3 on penalties after drawing with San Antonio, 1-1.
OCSC forward Ugo Okoli sent his team to the USL Championship Final after netting the deciding spot kick in the fifth round. San Antonio missed their fourth penalty to give OCSC the advantage.
OCSC leading scorer and forward Ronaldo Damus scored the opening goal in the 39’ off a long throw-in from defender Brent Richards. It was Damus’s second goal in the playoffs. San Antonio equalized with a header from a cross in the 67’ from Marcus Epps.
The two teams played 60 more minutes of soccer before moving onto the spot kicks. Like last week in the semifinals, OCSC converted all of their penalty kicks.
OCSC will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Eastern Conference Champions Tampa Bay Rowdies in the 2021 USL Championship Final at Al Lang Stadium on Sunday, November 28 at 5:30 PM PST on ESPN.
Orange County SC vs San Antonio FC
2021 USL Championship Playoffs, presented by TwinSpires | Western Conference Final
Date: November 20, 2021
Kickoff: 7:00 PM PDT
Venue: Championship Soccer Stadium (Irvine, CA)
OCSC: 39’ Ronaldo Damus
SAFC: 67’ Marcus Epps
Orange County SC – Seth Casiple, scored; Dillon Powers, scored; Ben Mines, scored; Thomas Enevoldsen, scored; Sean Okoli, scored
San Antonio FC – Connor Maloney, scored; Santiago Patino, scored; Jasser Khmiri, scored; Justin Dhillon, missed
ORANGE COUNTY SC
6’ Ronaldo Damus
60’ Kevin Alston
SAN ANTONIO FC
105+3’ Mitch Taintor
ORANGE COUNTY SC LINEUP:
Patrick Rakovsky (GK), Kevin Alston (117’ Nate Smith), Dillon Powers, Robbie Kiernan, Michael Orozco (C ), Brian Iloski (90’ Ugo Okoli), Ronaldo Damus, Thomas McCabe (74’ Seth Casiple), Eric Calvillo (81’ Ben Mines), Brent Richards, Mikko Kuningas (74’ Thomas Enevoldsen)
Unused subs: Abraham Romero (GK), Darwin Jones, Kobi Henry
Head Coach: Richard Chaplow
Possession: 57.1% | Shots: 19 | Shots On Goal: 5 | Corners: 7 | Fouls: 13 | Offsides: 0 |
SAN ANTONIO FC LINEUP:
Jordan Farr (GK), Mitch Taintor, PC ( C ) (104’ Sam Gleadle), Nathan (76’ Justin Dhillon), Marcus Epps (118’ Cameron Lindley), Santiago Patino, Jose Gallegos, Mohammed Abu, Connor Maloney, Kortne Ford, Jasser Khmiri
Unused subs: Jose Carlos Mercado (GK), Joaquín Varela, Chris Lema, Ollie Wright
Head Coach: Alen Marcina
Possession: 42.9% | Shots: 15 | Shots On Goal: 3 | Corners: 5 | Fouls: 18 | Offsides: 2 |