Charleston SC — Orange County Blues lost their hard fought battle against Charleston Battery with a 3-2 final score on Wednesday night at Blackbaud Stadium in front of 2,988.
Dane Kelly opened the scoring for Charleston in the 17th minute. The play began when midfielder Jarad van Schaik sent a cross into the box and midfielder Jose Cuevas used his head to flick the ball on to Kelly. Kelly then used his right foot to poke the ball past the Orange County goalkeeper, Aaron Perez, to make the game 1-0.
Kelly contributed to the second goal of the game when he took a shot from just outside of the box and forced a handball in the box by Orange County. Cuevas stepped up to take the penalty and calmly buried the kick in the left side of the net to make the game 2-0 in the 34th minute.
Orange County cut into the Charleston lead in the closing minutes of the second half. A ball played from the Orange County back line caught the Charleston back line off guard and Uruguayan, Alex Martinez chased the ball down. Charleston goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper charged out to defend the play but was easily beaten by Martinez, who calmly put the ball in goal to make the score 2-1 heading into halftime. This marked Martinez first goal with the Blues.
Kelly and Cuevas connected again in the second half to increase the Charleston lead in the 65th minute. Charleston was awarded a free-kick just outside of the box on the left side and Cuevas stepped up to take it. Cuevas played a ball that looked like it might go in, but Kelly was taking no chances and headed the ball in from 5 yards out to make the score 3-1.
The Blues would not go down easy and grabbed a second goal in the 75th minute. Substitutes Thomas “Eli” Garner and Seung Ju Kim were able to produce the goal when Garner possessed a ball in the midfield and found a cutting Kim behind the Charleston back line. Kim beat Cooper with ease to cut the Charleston lead to one.
The South Korean native, Seung Ju Kim earned his first goal as a professional soccer player.
Charleston was able to diffuse any threats after they allowed the second goal and held on for the 3-2 win.
Charleston now has 29 points with a record of 7-8-8. Orange County Blues FC stays at 27 points with a record of 9-15-0, but drop to 9th place in USL PRO Standings.
Despite the loss the Blues look forward to a win this Sunday against Sacramento Republic FC. A win will get them closer to a play-off spot.
The Blues return to Irvine to face Northern California foe Sacramento Republic on Sunday, with kickoff at 4:00PM PST. Now’s the time for fans to enjoy great soccer in Orange County, as the Blues make their final playoff push.
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