IRVINE, Calif. (June 10, 2018) – Seven was the lucky number for Orange County SC’s Andre Rawls and Thomas Enevoldsen, as the club took all three points at StubHub Center’s Track and Field Stadium on Sunday. Andre Rawls was undeniably the man of the match, recording his seventh shutout of the season with seven saves on the night. Thomas Enevoldsen sealed the win with a late goal in the 82nd minute, his seventh for the club.
“I thought it was an important game for us to get back on track, before this big stretch of games coming up,” said Orange County SC Head Coach Braeden Cloutier. “Beating the Galaxy from a fan perspective is huge, but we treat each opponent with the same respect as any other team and game.”
As the second installment of the 405 Derby got underway, it was clear it was going to be a tight match with both teams producing good chances and having their defensive skills tested. Early in the 6th minute, Nansel Selbol sent a strong ball toward the net, just missing to the right. Two minutes later, Andre Rawls made his first save of the night as Ethan Zubak fired off a shot from outside the box, with Rawls making the save at the bottom left corner of the net. Following a corner in the 32nd minute, Noah Powder sent a cross to Thomas Juel-Nielsen who headed the ball just up and over the net. Five minutes later, Rawls made another phenomenal save at the top right corner of the net when Geoffrey Acheampong launched a shot from outside the box. The first half came to a close with the teams even 0-0.
A compact Orange County SC continued to apply pressure in the second half, with Rawls denying Los Dos any chance to score. In the 57th minute, LA Galaxy II’s Miguel Aguilar fired a missle low and to the right corner but once again Rawls hunkered low to make the save. Four minutes later, Rawls saved a Ulysses Llanez Jr. attempt at the top center of the goal. In the 70th minute, Thomas Enevoldsen sent a solid pass to the right side of the penalty area for an awaiting Giovanni Ramos-Godoy who fired the shot just wide right of the post. The only goal of the night came in the 82nd minute when Mats Bjurman sent a clinical pass to Enevolsen, whose low finish sent the ball to the bottom left corner of the net. Orange County SC left Carson with a 1-0 victory over Los Dos.
“We’ve spent a lot of effort in the past several weeks on staying as compact and organized defensively as possible,” said Cloutier. “To use that as our foundation and build out from there, that takes a lot of discipline and focus. I feel now we have a very tough team to break down both tactically and mentally.”
Orange County SC is back at home at the Championship Soccer Stadium on Saturday, June 16th at 6:00 PM when they take on Reno 1868 FC for Family Movie Night presented by Enthusiast Media Group. Fans attending are encouraged to stay after the match and watch the movie from the pitch. Tickets for upcoming home matches are available online at orangecountysoccer.com or via phone at (949) 647-GOAL.
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