In a calm and collective manner Orange County SC placed themselves in the next round after defeating Capristrano FC, 5-0, in the Second Round of the 2023 US Open Cup.
The beginning of the match showcased the intensity of the play that would unfold in the first half. Right off the bat Capo FC demonstrated their eagerness to be the first on the board with a smooth play in front of OCSC goalie in the sixth minute but with Capo FC’s Hevany Ramos’ shot ending in the keepers hand.
“I think that 92 (Ramos) was basically started the show in the last game for them. So we knew all about the guy,” head coach Richard Chaplow said. “We knew it was a danger man. I’m glad that Capo but they didn’t get the goal because it showed our guys what I was talking about in the builder that they’re a dangerous team.”
Just a few minutes later in the 13th, another close opportunity from Capo FC’s Hevany Ramos would end up in the keeper’s hands yet again; fueling the Capo FC to find a way to finish their plays.
However, that determination would leave Capo FC to collect three yellow cards with more than 20 minutes of play left.
“We knew that we knew there will be physical. I would say I thought Capo, you know, tried to try to do what they needed to do to win the game and I respect that,” said Chaplow.
OCSC continued to play with calmness though each of their shots were deflected multiple times, but still pushed offensively and in the 33rd minute they raised the score.
In a one and one run from the left corner into the goalie box, Orange County’s Emil Nielsen found a shot to the bottom corner of the net to give them the lead.
The following minutes after their first goal, OCSC would have conceded two more goals but in each event, there would be an offside call that would keep them at a 1-0 scoreline.
Orange County’s Bryce Jamison would put Capo FC in a deficit right at the end of the first half in the first minute of stoppage time after heading a free kick from Daniel Penderson to give them a 2-0 lead.
Returning in the second half, Capo FC didn’t lighten up their physical intensity on the field. In the 58th minute, this would disrupt Orange County’s calm demeanor of play as they would receive their first yellow card of the match in order to compete with Capo’s attack.
By the 62nd minute, the intensity level on the field had reached its all-time high. A foul would be committed where it seemed an elbow was thrown between two players, but ultimately, Capo FC’s Sergio Montes would receive his second yellow card of the evening and would exit the field. Capo FC continued on with only 10 players.
In the 69th minute, OCSC would lengthen the lead with a goal by Milan Iloski who was assisted by Alexander Villaneuva. However, that would not end their scoring ride, in the 87th minute, Thomas Amang would bring Orange County up to 4 -0.
With the game dwindling down, three minutes were added to the end of the half, but a penalty kick by Iloski would seal Orange County’s spot in the next round.
“I think we had a lot of momentum we were very clinical finishing wise and finish our chances,” said Ruiz.