IRVINE, CA (September 6th) – The Orange County Blues once again played a solid passing game, but finished the season just as they started it, with a loss to the Oklahoma City Energy FC.
Déjà vu continued as Kyle Greig once again scored the game winner with a stellar strike in the 62nd minute.
Both teams came out on fire as the Orange County Blues and the Oklahoma City Energy FC went for broke. End to end action saw Javier Castro rocket an effort off the crossbar in the 18th minute, while Christopher Santana weaved his way into the box, only to see his near-post strike deflected just wide minutes later.
Both sides created chances, but were unable to get their effort on frame.
Oklahoma City finally broke the deadlock just after the hour mark as Erlys Garcia poked the ball away from an Energy attacker. The bell fell kindly for Greig, who composed himself before curling the ball into the upper-left hand corner of Aaron Perez’s goal.
The Blues almost found the equalizer late on as Marco Franco lobbed an effort to the far post. Clark was caught off his line but the ball landed just over the crossbar and rolled off the back of the net.
Clark was under duress again as Seung-Ju Kim ploughed his way into the box. An Oklahoma City defender got a foot in but the ball bounced right towards the goal. Kim tried to get to it, but Peabo Doue and Cyprian Hedrick conspired to clear.
Orange County continued to push forward, but in truth, Oklahoma City possessed the ball well and other than a few nervous moments, were able to see out the game with minimum fuss.
The Blues fell to 9-18-1 while Oklahoma City improved 9-14-5 as both teams ended their seasons just as they started it on the campus of UC Irvine.
Orange County Blues FC would like to thank everyone for their support of the club all season long.