Orange County Soccer Club vs. Sacramento Republic FC
2017 USL Regular Season (Week Twenty-Nine)
Orange County Great Park Championship Soccer Stadium, Irvine, CA
Wednesday, October 4 – 7:30pm PST
Irvine, Calif. (October 4, 2017) Orange County Soccer Club found themselves in a must win scenario Wednesday night at the Orange County Great Park against Sacramento Republic FC. In order to remain in playoff contention Orange County SC had to get all three points against the Republic FC who were also looking to secure their place in the 2017 USL Postseason. In a game rife with chances Orange County SC managed to pull away from the visitors and secure the victory with two late goals.
Orange County SC got off to a fast start pushing early offensively and dominating the initial run of play. Midfielder Zach Kobayashi looked bright in the opening minutes and his efforts were rewarded following a good bit of skill. Kobayashi dribbled down the left flank leaving three defenders in his wake as he danced into the box. His shot bounced straight down off the crossbar but didn’t cross over the line; however, Rodrigo Pacheco was quickest to react and buried the rebound from close range. Pacheco scoring his first goal on the season. Orange County SC continued to push the envelope offensively but could not break through the rest of the half. In the closing minutes of the half, Orange County SC relaxed too soon prior to the break and off a welcome worked set-piece in the 43rd minute the Republic FC levelled the scoring. Sammy Ochoa’s first-time finish beat the outstretched arm of Charlie Lyon to the far post.
In the second half Sacramento Republic seemed content to keep possession and try to slow down the tempo of the match. A tie would have been good enough to see the Republic through to the postseason. Coach Logan Pause turned to the bench in order to find a spark and change the course of the match. The two substitutes, Dusan Stevanovic and Irvin Parra, both made huge impacts when they entered the pitch. Stevanovic’s inch perfect left footed volley in the 80th minute proved to be the game winner and Parra provided the assist on Jerry Van Ewijk’s goal to seal the three points in stoppage time. Van Ewijk tallied his team leading eighth goal of the season.
Orange County SC keep their chances to making the playoff alive through to the weekend. The next match is Saturday, October 7th at 7PM against Reno 1868 FC. The final home match of the regular season will be Fan Appreciation Night presented by Hoag. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive an Orange County SC rally towel courtesy of Hoag and Hoag Orthopedic Institute.
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY SOCCER CLUB:
The Orange County Soccer Club is Orange County’s Professional Soccer Team. The club was one of 12 founding members of the new United Soccer League (USL) in its inaugural 2011 season. The predecessor club Orange County Blues were the 2015 Western Conference Regular Season Champions and have reached the Western Conference Semi-finals of the USL Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The club’s brand-new owner, James Keston, is the Chief Investment Officer of LARO Properties, and will actively oversee all operations of the USL club in Orange County. Keston is dedicated to transforming the club into a world-class professional soccer organization that focuses on the fans, players, and youth clubs of Orange County.
For more information about Orange County Soccer Club or to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.orangecountysoccer.com.
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