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OCSC Loses 2-0 to Oakland Roots SC

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June 30, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Orange County SC News Release

Orange County SC dropped a 2-0 decision to the visiting Oakland Roots SC at Championship Stadium in Irvine, CA on Saturday, June 29. It is the sixth loss in their last eight league matches for the Black and Orange.

OCSC had the first shot of the evening in the ninth minute when acting captain Kyle Scott had the ball played to him at the top of the 18-yard-box by defender Owen Lambe. Scott struck the ball with his right foot, but the ball sailed on him up and over the bar.

The Roots then found the match’s opening goal in the 15th minute from a corner, when defender Guillermo Diaz whipped a cross in that found the head of forward Miche-Naider Chéry. Chéry headed the ball back across goal, defender Camden Riley tapped home into an empty net and Oakland led 1-0.

The County Boys had their first shot on target in the 25th minute when Scott won a 50/50 ball in midfield that found the path of forward Cameron Dunbar. Dunbar took one touch and fired a right-footed shot on target that was saved by Oakland goalkeeper Paul Blanchette.

Goalkeeper Colin Shutler made two key saves to keep the Black and Orange in the game before halftime, denying Roots forward Johnny Rodriguez down to his right in the 33rd and keeping out a thunderous effort in the 34th minute.

OCSC won a free kick near 25 yards out from goal in first half stoppage time. Both forward Christian Sorto and defender Ryan Flood stood over the ball and Sorto ended up striking the ball on target, but it was a comfortable save for Blanchette. It ended up being the last shot on target Orange County had on the night.

Shutler again kept Oakland off the board in the 52nd minute after Chéry found Diaz at the top of the box. Diaz struck cleanly with his right foot, but Shutler was up to the challenge.

Oakland put the match away late in the 79th minute through their leading goal scorer forward Johnny Rodriguez. Rodriguez collected a pass from midfielder Lindo Mfeka in the middle of the box and beat Shutler from just outside the six-yard-box.


Next Wave forward Nico Ruiz made his 2024 USL Championship season debut.

Tonight was the first official match for Paul Hardyman has interim head coach.


OAK 1 1 2

OCSC 0 0 0


15′ Camden Riley (OAK)

79′ Johnny Rodriguez (OAK)



32′ Ashish Chattha

34′ Colin Shutler

74′ Kyle Scott

87′ Thomas…

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