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Orange County SC Drops 2-1 Decision to Phoenix Rising FC in the Desert

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June 9, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Orange County SC News Release

Orange County SC fell 2-1 in heartbreaking fashion after conceding an 87th minute winner while being a man up on Saturday, June 8 at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex in Phoenix, AZ. The County Boys saw the second goal of the season from forward Ethan Zubak in the defeat.

The home team struck first in the sixth minute as midfielder Moahmed Traore found forward Gabi Torres on the left side of the box. Torres then found forward Dariusz Formella in the center of the box, who fired a right-footed-shot into the center of the net, putting Phoenix ahead early 1-0.

OCSC’s 17-year-old goalkeeper Duran Ferree recorded his first save of the night in the 20th minute as midfielder Erickson Gallardo found Formella on the right side of the box. Formella sent one on targett, but Ferree made a leaping save to keep Phoenix from adding to their lead.

Ferree was tested again in the 29th minute as Traore again pushed forward, finding Formella again in the center of the box. Formella fired one towards the center of the goal and Ferree made a terrific save to keep Phoenix at bay.

The teams went into the break with Phoenix ahead 1-0 with the lone goal from Formella being the difference.

The County Boys started the second half on the attacking front in the 54th minute, as midfielder Kyle Scott pushed forward on the left side of the pitch, crossing the ball into the box. Scott played the ball just out of reach of Zubak, however, forward Bryce Jamison caught up to it on the right side of the box. Jamison fired one from a difficult angle, as it missed just wide right of the frame.

The Black and Orange turned the momentum in the 57th minute. After winning a corner, captain Brian Iloski sent a cross into defender Ashton Miles. Miles backheeled the ball into traffic and Zubak met it first, crushing the ball into the back of the net to level the score at 1-1.

OCSC attempted to put another one on the board in the 64th minute as Scott again pressed forward. Scott found Dunbar in the center of the box, who fired a left-footed-shot that missed just wide to the left.

Phoenix found another opportunity in the 73rd minute as Torres sent a cross into the center of the box that found the head of Gallardo. His header hit the crossbar and over the bar out of play.

The game got chippy late with both teams searching for the winning goal. Phoenix substitute defender Edgardo Rito fell down in the box after a tough…

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