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Orange County, Reno Fight to Draw

By CHRIS HOCKMAN -, 06/16/18, 11:00PM EDT


USL Western Conference rivals can’t be split in entertaining draw

Photo courtesy Orange County SC

IRVINE, Calif. — Orange County SC and Reno 1868 FC put on an entertaining show at Champions Soccer Stadium at OC Great Park but couldn’t be separated as the teams fought out a 2-2 draw. The hosts started the match well, and Giovanni Ramos Godoy went agonizingly close in the ninth minute getting on the end of a perfect cross from Thomas Enevoldsen but he could only send it across the face of goal. After those opening moments, Reno came into the match with Duke Lacroix looking especially dangerous, but OC goalkeeper Andre Rawls was strong, making three saves in the first half-hour. In the 54th minute, Reno broke through after a strong run from Antoine Hoppenot committed Jos Hooivelt and resulted in a foul in the penalty area, allowing Brian Brown to step up and convert from the spot for his fourth goal of the season. The hosts almost responded when Enevoldsen played a perfect through ball for Michael Seaton but Reno goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski was quick off his line to keep his side in front. The equalizer came in the 62nd minute, however, as slick passing from Aodhan Quinn played through Seaton, who squared for Enevoldsen at point-blank range and he made no mistake. That spurred Orange County on and seven minutes later a corner kick put the hosts ahead as Ramos Godoy flicked the ball on from the left for Thomas Juel-Nielsen, who ran onto the ball and poked it home at the far post for his first USL goal. Just when it looked like the hosts would hold on for the win, Reno got back on level terms with seven minutes to go when Danny Musovski used his strength to hold off the defense and place the ball perfectly out of the reach of Rawls. Both teams would push late, creating an entertaining, and dramatic, finish but neither side could find the goal that was needed, forcing the teams to split the points.

54’ – RNO – Brian Brown (Penalty Kick)
62’ – OC – Thomas Enevoldsen (Michael Seaton)
69’ – OC – Thomas Juel-Nielsen (Giovanni Ramos Godoy)
83’ – RNO – Danny Musovski (Antoine Hoppenot)

Three Things That Matter:

  • 1. Reno has been strong on the road this year, and is now undefeated through eight matches on the road, with the last seven of those matches all forming part of what is now an 11-game undefeated streak in league action for the side.

  • 2. Orange County has only lost once at home, a 1-0 loss to Sacramento Republic FC in the second home match of the season. Against a strong road team like Reno that record was bound to be tested in this encounter but the hosts kept their home run intact with another point.

  • 3. Coming into this match with a crossing accuracy of 22.6 percent, Orange County SC measured its chances better in this match, blowing that number out of the water, making just nine crosses but doing so at a 44.4 percent accuracy rate. Man of the Match:

Thomas Enevoldsen, Orange County SC — A constant thorn in the side of the 1868 FC defense, Enevoldsen scored the opener as part of a match where he created five chances.

Upcoming Games:
Orange County SC
vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC — June 23, 10p.m. ET, Champions Soccer Stadium at OC Great Park
Reno 1868 FC vs. San Antonio FC — June 23, 8:30p.m. ET, Toyota Field

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