Second Half Surge Still Not Enough to Get First Home Win
Another tight one at Campo Guerrero went in favor of the guests. Orange County Football Club came to town in the first game of the second half of the season, and was able to come out on top by a score of 3-2 after the Guerreros were able to battle back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime.
The Guerreros were hosting their 2nd home match of the NPSL season with 142 Fans in attendance. Once again the Oxnard Guerreros Youth Academy came out in strong support, singing and chanting for OGFC the entire match. While the home side didn’t get any points, it was a great Cinco de Mayo for Oxnard and all fans involved.
“We’ve got to work on our defensive shape… and offensively we just have to be better as a team, and with the ball” Head Coach Juan Florez said.
The first half was a struggle for the Guerreros and it showed on the scoreboard as Orange County were able to get two quick ones in the first 25 minutes.
The 7th minute would bring goal number one as Cody Shelton would notch the first of the evening after a long ball from the goalkeeper found the feet of Alessandro Canale. Canale would bring it down and round the defender creating just enough space to sneak it past Oxnard keeper Angel Cervantes, and onto the foot of Shelton, who was able to calmly put it away.
The defensive woes would continue as the half went on and Orange County would again punish the Guerreros. Dakota Collins this time was the name on the scoresheet in the 25th minute. Multiple efforts were either blocked or came off the post, but Collins was finally able to gather the ball and place it in the bottom left hand corner to make the score 2-0, and give Orange County a comfortable lead going into the half.
The second half would begin and the Guerreros looked like a completely different team.
“After being down 2-0 we got together as a group and we knew the goals were not a result of them outplaying us… the halftime speech motivated us and made us even hungrier” Moises Orozco said.
Whatever was said at halftime seemed to do the trick as Pablo Alaniz would grab his first goal of the season in the first five minutes of the second half.
Tomas Araujo would show off a bit of skill on the touchline to get around his defender and this forced the defender to commit a foul on the edge of the box. Moises Orozco would step up to the ball and whip it in near post where Alaniz was waiting to nod it home. The goal got the Guerreros back within striking distance of leveling the score.
That is just what they would do in the 69th minute. Star man Moises Orozco would keep his scoring streak going after Watson Berreman would collect a cleared ball on the right side of the pitch and play a pinpoint ball into the box to find Orozco, who was left wide open, and did just what the team expects him to do. This was Orozco’s third goal of the season, and it meant the game was back to how it started.
Both teams would have chances to take the lead, but it was Orange County who would convert. In the 80th minute Daniel Yo would collect a ball just outside the box, and look for a cross. Yo’s cross would find the back of the net after an attacker ran across Cervantes and this caused him to lose sight of the ball allowing it to pass just by his outstretched arms. This goal would be the game winner and give Orange County a season sweep against the Guerreros of Oxnard.
“We played down here last year and we had a battle much like we did tonight… we had two really good training sessions this week, and went over what we were expected to do… we came in and got the result that we wanted” Orange County’s Alessandro Canale said.
This loss takes the Guerreros losing streak to four games, and they will look to stop it there as they travel to Riverside to take on the Coras May 12 at Riverside Stadium.
“I need to scout them, and watch their videos and style. I also need to see how we progress and put the two things together” Florez said of Riverside.
Riverside, who is also going through a bit of a rough spell will look to get back to winning ways when the Guerreros come to town.
By: Gabriel Naudin – Oxnard Guerreros Media
Man of the Match:
Moises Orozco (1 goal, 1 assist)
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