IRVINE, Calif. – Behind two goals from substitute Mark Segbers and one to remember from Nansel Selbol, Orange County SC now sits atop the Western Conference standings after recording a 3-0 victory against the LA Galaxy II at Champions Soccer Stadium at OC Great Park on Saturday. Segbers, who is on loan from the New England Revolution, scored the opener just before halftime, netting on a breakaway after Michael Seaton played him through towards goal. Segbers tallied his second of the match in the 58th minute, hitting a left-footed curler from the top of the box around Los Dos goalkeeper Eric López. He wasn’t the only substitute to shine for Orange County, though, as Nansel Selbol scored the final goal of the game in the 88th minute, bending in a beautiful right-footed effort up and over Lopez. With the win, Orange County improves to 3-1-1, while Galaxy II falls to 0-2-2.
45’ – OC – Mark Segbers (Michael Seaton)
58’ – OC – Mark Segbers (Koji Hashimoto)
88’ – OC – Nansel Selbol (Koji Hashimoto)
Three Things That Matter:
1. It was a good day for Mark Segbers. The Wisconsin standout, who also shined in the Premier Development League before turning pro, led the way with two goals for Orange County after subbing on in the 23rd minute for Richard Chaplow. His second strike of the evening was superb, as he gathered the ball at the top of the box before hitting an unstoppable curler with his left foot into the side netting. He now has two goals and two assists in 308 total minutes played this season and will look to add to his resume in the weeks ahead.
2. It was a good then worrisome day for Nansel Selbol. The Nigerian standout, who excelled with the Swope Park Rangers the past two USL campaigns, came on as a substitute for Noah Powder in the 71st minute to make his debut for Orange County. Seventeen minutes later, he scored an incredible goal to cap off an impressive evening for the home side. Unfortunately, Selbol suffered a head injury in stoppage time and was forced off the field on a stretcher. All of Orange County will be hoping his injury is not serious and that he will be able to return to the field in a timely manner.
3. It wasn’t a good day for the visitors. Los Dos finished the match with nine men after Jean Engola and Alex Mendez were shown red cards, and the team is still looking for its first win of the 2018 USL regular season after Saturday’s loss. The road ahead doesn’t get any easier as a home match against Phoenix Rising FC, an away matchup with Saint Louis FC and a meeting with 2016 USL Cup champions New York Red Bulls II are on the docket. On a good note, however, Los Dos was still a threat moving forward, attempting 16 shots (five on target) during the match. If the team can remain composed, its offense should provide Los Dos fans with a win soon enough.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Mark Segbers, Orange County SC – The forward scored a brace on Saturday and completed 82.4 percent of his passes to ensure a home win for Orange County.
Orange County SC at San Antonio FC – April 14, 8:30 p.m. ET, Toyota Field
LA Galaxy II vs. Phoenix Rising FC – April 11, 10:30 p.m. ET, StubHub Center