It was another tale of the season for WFC2 against Orange Country SC at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday. The ‘Caps had numerous chances to put away the visitors, failed to take them, and came away once again on the wrong side of a one goal game.
WFC2 fired in 21 shots, Orange County had 15. Both teams had five of those shot on target, but the visitors saw two of them end up in the back of the net.
It was an end to end, entertaining game that really could have gone either way both before and after Marco Bustos cancelled out Zachary Kobayahsi’s first half opener. Both teams were exciting going forward and looked evenly matched, but it took a great finish from the dangerous Jerry van Ewijk to seal the three points for Orange County with seven minutes remaining.
Another narrow defeat for WFC2, who must surely want this season to just end now.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game. Here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.[Also check out Tom’s website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work and follow him on Twitter @residualimage].
Despite the miserable weather, a crowd of 1,244 headed to Thunderbird Stadium for this one
It was a fast paced, evenly matched first half from both teams with WFC2 coming the closest with Chris Serban’s 36th minute effort that crashed off the inside of the right post
And the ‘Caps were punished four minutes later when the dangerous Zachary Kobayashi pounced on a fortunate ball forward and bore down on goal
Cutting inside before firing a lovely low curler past Spencer Richey and into the bottom right corner
Joe Franco could at least have offered a more friendly looking handshake!
Debutant Danny Barbir’s jersey was clearly in demand
I don’t know what’s going on here with Terran Campbell, but I like it!
The ‘Caps got back on level terms 10 minutes into the second half when Marco Bustos got the ball at the edge of the box
And struck a sweet one past Casey Beyers for his 8th goal of the season
Get in there!
The wet Thunderbird turf looked to have claimed Joe Franco’s knee in the build up but he was amazingly able to shake it off and play out the game
Rich Fagan tried to spur his team on to get a second and a much needed, confidence boosting win
Top Residency prospect Theo Bair was on the becnh but sadly didn’t get on
But even sadder was Orange County taking the lead with just seven minutes remaining when Irvin Parra set up Jerry van Ewijk
Who blasted home over Spencer Richey and high into the WFC2 net
For what proved to be the winning goal and what could be a huge victory for Orange County’s playoff hopes
Myer Bevan’s disappointment and frustration summed up everyone’s afternoon of a blue and white persuasion
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: