Orange County FC have given their fans a lot to cheer about in their inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League. OCFC remain unbeaten but prior to their match against Oxnard they had tied three straight matches.
In simple English, the streak the of ties had to stop. Being unbeaten is fine and dandy but OCFC must earn three points every week from here on out if they want to give themselves the chance to host a playoff game.
OCFC met their objective with a convincing 5-1 victory over Oxnard Guerreros FC on Saturday.
“I felt the vibe the moment I walked into the locker room,” said midfielder Armando Flores. “We all had the winning spirt inside us and it showed right from the kickoff. We knew we had to win.”
Justice Duerksen put OCFC into the lead in the 14th minute and English striker Staforde Palmer doubled the lead twenty minutes later as OCFC took a 2-0 lead into the interval.
“This week the players came out very strong and ended the first half well,” said assistant coach Ernie Richau. “Oxnard made some good adjustments at the break and came out strong. In the end we were able to close the game on the right note.”
Raul Yepez got Oxnard on the board when he scored in the 68th minute but one minute later pressure from OCFC resulted in an own goal and Oxnard trailed by two goals once again.
Jose “Chila” Montes de Oca increased the lead to 4-1 twelve minutes later and Connor Gordon added the exclamation point in the 90th minute to give Orange County FC the 5-1 victory.
Goakeeper Brandon Gomez was back in action for OCFC after missing last week’s 2-2 draw against Temecula.
“I missed it,” said Gomez. “The week without soccer felt like an eternity.”
The entire OCFC squad were feeling upbeat and Gomez was quick to acknowledge the importance of the victory but he is already thinking ahead to the next match.
“It was huge, said Gomez. “We have tied too many games. It’s nice to go into next week with a win under our belts. We are fighting for that playoff spot. A win against Riverside Coras is crucial.”
Captain Michael Bryant echoed a similar statement about the win and ending the streak of draws.
“Best feeling in the world,” said Bryant. “Especially to do it in front of our home fans is special.
The crowd was electric and I’m very proud of how the guys played from start to finish. We needed this momentum to carry into Saturday.”
Orange County FC hosts Riverside on Saturday, June 3rd. The streak of draws is over but now it is time for OCFC to start a streak of victories.