By: Herceny Del Cid
IRVINE, Ca (April 12, 2014)- OC Blues FC register their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC in front of 638 fans at Anteater Stadium.
It was the Republic who was off and running after just eight minutes. Former Blues’ star Rodrigo Lopez whipped in a vicious free kick. Center back Mickey Daly outwitted the Blues outside trap and side footed a volley past Blues’ keeper Patrick McLain.
Orange County responded positively. Gibson Bardsley bulldozed his way into the box and was chopped down by Sacramento defender. Captain Allan Russell stepped up to the spot and sent Sacramento keeper Jake Gleeson the wrong way to level the score in the 19th minute.
The sides were evenly matched until the 69th minute when the game was turned on its head.
Bardsley was again the catalyst as he split the Republic center backs and was dragged down just outside the box by Harrison Delbridge. Referee Tyler Ploeger showed the Australian a straight red card.
Stephen Okai stepped up and curled a world class free kick over the wall and just under Gleeson’s cross bar.
The Blues were able to hold on as a resolute defense repelled everything sent into their box, hanging on for their first 3 points of 2014.
“We played with more heart,” explained Russell after the game. “For a lot of players it’s their first time being professional and are getting used to what it takes to play at a professional level. The very first thing is applying pressure and work rate which was far more superior than previous games.”
The Blues have a week to recover before heading back up the 405 for a rematch against the LA Galaxy II at 7:30 p.m. P.T., next Saturday, April 19th, at the StubHub Center Track Field.
The Blues next home game will be April 24th against the Harrisburg City Islanders. For the best pricing value to your OC Blues FC 2014 seats call (714) 738-8011, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ocbluesfc.com.
If you can’t make it to the game, you may watch the live stream online, thanks to a new partnership between USL PRO and YouTube. OC Blues FC v LA Galaxy II will streamed live, for free, via the OC Blues FC official YouTube channel through Liquid Event TV.(https://www.youtube.com/user/OCBluesFC).