The Southern California Sports Club had a huge display of effort on the field, but the team could not stop Orange County FC as the visitors left the Fairplex this Sunday (June 18) with a 2-0 win in their National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) matchup.

It was Orange County FC’s the first-ever victory in the duel as SoCal SC prevailed 2-1 during the preseason and the teams tied 3-3 on their first NPSL meeting, back in April.

SoCal SC had to overcome a large list of absences to play competitive soccer this Sunday. The team was missing several players, including defender Taeyoung Kim, who was absent to take part on the American Korean National Sports Festival.

With so many athletes sidelined, SoCal SC had only 17 players on its game day roster and Head Coach Daniel Musatti was forced to use several players on positions which were not their natural ones.

The home team kept the game competitive and fought hard, but a brace from forward Staforde Palmer, who scored once in each half of the game, gave the visitors the win.

With the setback, SoCal SC drops to the seventh place in the West Region’s Southwest Conference, with 14 points (four wins, two ties, seven losses). With three more matches to play, the team is eliminated from playoff contention in its second season in the league.

SoCal SC will see the field again next Saturday (June 24), when the team will face Oxnard Guerreros FC on a road game at the Del Sol Stadium, at 5:30 pm PT.

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