By: Marc Serber
IRVINE, Ca (April 24, 2014)- The Orange County Blues ran rampant with a 4-1 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders in front of 616 fans at Anteater Stadium.
Christopher “Chino” Santana and Chris Cortez recorded braces either side of half time.
The first goal came after just six minutes as Gabriel Gonzalez played the ball through for Santana to curl home his first professional goal.
Santana was at it again in the 25th minute as Allan Russell shot was tipped by Harrisburg goal-keeper Nick Noble right into his path for an easy tap in at the back post.
Harrisburg found a lifeline two minutes before halftime. Christian Hernandez was fouled just outside the box. The Philadelphia Union loanee picked himself up and struck a deceptive a free kick that outwitted Mohammad Mohamadi.
Both teams came flying out of the gates in the second half. Yann Ekra was very dangerous for the City Islanders as he looked to connect with Clesio Bauque. Harrisburg’s attacks were repelled time and time again as Rauwshan McKenzie, playing his first game on loan from the Portland Timbers, kept the backline compact and organized.
The second half, though, belonged to Cortez. The forward came in towards the tail end of the first half in place of defender Seth Moses who limped off with a hamstring injury.
Cortez came to life in the 74th minute as he climbed highest to head home a corner kick from substitute Mohammad Roknipur.
With the visitors pressing to get back into the game, Orange County ended the match as a contest three minutes from time. Cesar Rivera broke down the left flank on the counter attack and pulled the ball across goal. The ball took a deflection off a Harrisburg defender and deflected over a diving Noble. Cortez, was on hand at the back post to tap in the games final goal.
The Blues improved to 2-3-0 on the season and look to get to .500 on Sunday when the LA Galaxy II make the short trip across the Orange Curtain.
Kick-off is set for 4 P.M. P.T.. This is the first meeting between the rivals at Anteater Stadium. After two losses at StubHub Center against LA, the Blues will be extra motivated to claw back in the series in front of the home crowd.
Its time for Orange County to show their support and make noise for the Blues. Join your OC Blues this Sunday against their rival. For best pricing on seats call (714) 738-8011, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.ocbluesfc.com or hashtag #myocblues for more information.
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 stream live, for free, via the OC Blues FC official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/OCBluesFC).