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GAMEDAY ROUNDUP: Los Dos Turn Tables on Orange County

By Staff, 09/05/20, 7:04PM EDT


Athletic rally to continue playoff push; Hounds sweep past Red Bulls II

The LA Galaxy II rebounded to take victory against Orange County SC, while Hartford Athletic rallied from an early deficit to take another three points toward its postseason goal, and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC also maintained its moment with victory against the New York Red Bulls II during Saturday’s action in the USL Championship.


IRVINE, Calif. – The Galaxy II turned the tables on Orange County from their meeting on Wednesday night and moved back into second place in Group B after taking victory a Championship Soccer Stadium on Saturday night.

Los Dos threatened early as Jorge Hernandez fired a free kick just over the crossbar from the right side in the fourth minute, but it didn’t take long for the visitors to take the lead. In the eighth minute, Jonathan Perez broke forward through the midfield and played in Augustine Williams, who show low past Orange County goalkeeper Frederick Due to put Los Dos ahead.

Orange County almost leveled 10 minutes later as Michael Orozco rode to head goalward off a corner kick by Brian Iloski but Galaxy II goalkeeper Abraham Romero produced a great diving save to turn it around the post. Aodhan Quinn also fired wide from a free kick in the 20th minute sending a shot just wide of the top-left corner, and five minutes later Perez forced a low save from Due as Los Dos threatened at the other end.

In the 27th minute, however, Orange County doubled it lead from a set piece as Mauricio Cuevas notched his fourth goal of the season with a low free kick to the right corner of the net. Los Dos carried that lead into the second half, but early in the second half Orange County almost pulled a goal back as a shot by Iloski deflected off Darwin Jones in front of the net, which sent the ball looping over the crossbar.

The hosts struck just before the hour-mark, however, as Quinn fired a shot that caromed off the left post but was retrieved in the right side of the penalty area by Ugo Okoli. The forward quickly delivered a cross to the near post that was flicked in by Cammy Palmer, halving the deficit.

Orozco then almost found an equalizer in the 69th minute with a strong header from a corner kick by Seth Casiple from the left that was blocked on the line by Los Dos’ Jonathan Perez, but as the half wore on the chances began to diminish for the hosts. While Orange County pressured late, Los Dos was able to withstand the pressure and come away with a crucial three point for its playoff hopes. Man of the Match

Mauricio Cuevas, LA Galaxy II – Cuevas scored once and put in a solid shift defensively, recording seven recoveries, winning 3 of 3 tackles and making one interception.


RENO, Nev. – Tucker Bone scored twice in the opening 11 minutes as Reno moved three points clear at the top of Group A with victory against T2 at Greater Nevada Field.

Bone put the hosts ahead in just the second minute as he controlled an attempted clearance in the right side of the penalty area and fired home a low finish into the right corner of the net. Bone struck again nine minutes later as he drove into the right side of the penalty area and fired a shot that deflected in at the near post to continue 1868 FC’s fast start.

The hosts continued to roll as they were awarded a penalty kick in the 20th minute that Corey Hertzog fired into the left corner of the net, sending T2 goalkeeper Hunter Sulte the wrong way, and with 10 minutes to go before halftime Jared Trimmer played a ball in for Foster Langsdorf to the right side of the penalty area that Langsdorf flicked into the left corner of the net.

1868 FC added to its lead four minutes into the second half after being awarded an indirect free kick in the left side of the penalty area. Hertzog took a quick tap to Christian Francois, who fired a shot into the top-right corner of the net. Brent Richards then added maybe the goal of the night with a strike from 20 yards into the top-left corner of the net in the 65th minute.

Portland pulled a goal back with 16 minutes to go as Dyson Clapier picked up possession off a throw-in from the left, drove into the penalty area and fired a low shot that tucked just inside the left post. Reno completed the scoring three minutes later, though, as Ben Kikanovic headed home a cross by Sam Gleadle from the left to wrap up the victory for the hosts. Man of the Match

Tucker Bone, Reno 1868 FC – Bone scored twice and put all four of his shot on target while completing 26 of 32 passes overall and recording two passes in the lopsided victory.


HARTFORD, Conn. – The Athletic rallied from an early deficit to earn victory against Loudoun as Gabriel Torres scored the winner with 14 minutes to go at Dillon Stadium.

The visitors quickly took the lead as a long pass upfield by Allexon Saravia sent Christian Sorto in behind the Athletic defense, and Sorto squared a pass to Josh Fawole, who tucked home into the left corner for his first professional goal. Hartford’s Tyreke Johnson almost hit back soon after, but his shot from a narrow angle in the left side of the penalty area was turned away by United goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre.

The Athletic continued to press to pull level and in the 17th minute were rewarded with an outstanding long-range finish by Arthur Rogers that flew into the left corner from 30 yards. Both sides had chances in the remainder of the first half, including one for Fawole where he got in behind the defense but instead of shooting tried to pass to Alioune Ndour, but the game remained even at the halftime break.

Hartford’s Ever Guzman had a big chance to put his side ahead early in the second half as a ball over the top caused panic in the Loudoun defense and saw Lefebvre collide with one of his own defenders as they both tried to clear. Guzman was first to the loose ball, but United defender Adam Lundegard made a tremendous block to keep Guzman from finding the net.

The Athletic grabbed the lead with 14 minutes to go, however, as a looping cross from the right by Alejandro Lara found Torres at the back post, and Torres volleyed home from eight yards into the left corner of the net. Hartford almost added to its lead four minutes later when Markus Naglestad fired a free kick from 30 yards that just fizzed wide of the left post, and another free kick from the left flank by the Norwegian almost resulted in an insurance goal, only for a foul to be called on the goalkeeper before the ball entered the net.

Loudoun was reduced to 10 men with three minutes to go as Timmy Mehl was sent off for his second yellow card, but the visitors had one late chance to equalizer as Hartford goalkeeper Parfait Mandanda had to deny Ndour on a low shot from the right side of the penalty area in stoppage time. The Athletic held on, though, and took another big step toward a place in the postseason. Man of the Match

Gabriel Torres, Hartford Athletic – Torres recorded a late game-winning goal as well as an assist and was creative in the attacking third most of the night, recording three key passes and completing 30 of 37 passes overall.


HARRISON, N.J. – The Hounds recorded their third consecutive victory as Ropapa Mensah and Robbie Mertz were among the scorers against the Red Bulls II on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena.

Both sides created chances early in the game, but neither side seriously threatened until the 37th minute when the Hounds’ Thomas Vancaeyezeele found the back of the net off a free kick by Mertz but was ruled offside. Pittsburgh grabbed the lead just before halftime, however, as long ball forward by Ray Lee into the left channel allowed Mensah to muscle a Red Bulls II defender in a 50-50 for the ball and then deliver a finish into the right corner past advancing New York goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley.

The Hounds struck again six minutes into the second half in fortuitous fashion as Red Bulls II defender Preston Kilwien mishit an attempted clearance of a through-ball at the top of the penalty area which sent the ball looping high in the air and just under the crossbar as it fell into the net with Lapsley unable to cover.

Steevan Dos Santos almost a third off a corner kick minutes later when his near-post header from Mertz’s delivery on the left caromed off the post before Mensah was ruled offside as he tapped home the rebound from close range. The Hounds wouldn’t be denied in the 58th minute, however, as Dos Santos’ cross from the right was deflected into the path of Mertz, who coolly finished to make it a three-goal lead.

New York almost pulled a goal back immediately as Dantouma Toure got onto a through-ball by Barry Sharifi but could only hit the right post with his finish. The Hounds then hit the woodwork again with 12 minutes to go as Albert Dikwa’s header struck the right upright off a cross by Jordan Dover, but the Hounds were able to see out the remaining minutes to earn their undefeated streak to five games. Man of the Match

Robbie Mertz, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – Mertz had one goal, had three key passes and completed 29 of 36 passes overall to help lead the Hounds to a solid road victory.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Switchbacks and Energy FC ended scoreless at Weidner Field as the hosts outshot their visitors 9-3 but were unable to find a decisive finish.

Colorado Springs created the first look on goal in the 12th minute as Aidan Daniels delivered a corner from the left to George Lebese at the top of the penalty area, but the South African’s shot was just deflected wide of the right post. Daniels then went close himself seven minutes later as he took a long-range shot that was comfortably handled by OKC goalkeeper CJ Cochran.

Energy FC’s first good look arrived on the half-hour mark, also off a corner kick, as Christian Ibeahga’s header off Tucker Stephenson’s delivery from the right went just over the crossbar. Chances in general proved few and far between overall, though, with Switchbacks goalkeeper Sean Melvin making a good intervention in the 67th minute to punch clear a free kick by OKC’s Jose Hernandez from the right directed toward a pair of targets at the far post.

The Switchbacks went close again late as a long-range strike by Rony Argueta was well saved by Cochran as it darted toward the left corner. Energy FC was then reduced to 10 men deep in stoppage time as Zach Ellis-Hayden was sent off, but it came too late for the hosts to take advantage as both side's winless streaks continued. Man of the Match

CJ Cochran, OKC Energy FC – Cochran recorded a three-save shutout that included a pair of good saves on long-range shots to earn the visitors a point on the road.

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