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Greens Drop Heartbreaker Against OC

By Tyler Vaughn, 09/08/18, 11:45PM CDT


Energy FC fell in dramatic fashion to Orange County SC, 3-2, on Saturday night in Irvine, Calif. Goals from Philip Rasmussen and Alex Dixon weren’t enough, as Michael Seaton, Noah Powder and Aodhan Quinn all struck to give the hosts the three points.

In the 19th minute, Dixon helped create the opening goal by winning a penalty. After blowing past defender Jos Hooiveld, Dixon was brought down in the box to give the Greens the chance at the go-ahead goal.

Rasmussen stepped up, sent goalkeeper Andre Rawls the wrong way and smashed the shot into the lower left-hand corner in the 20th minute.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Orange County leveled off of a corner kick just four minutes later. Quinn, OC’s assist leader, delivered an in-swinger, and Seaton rose highest to nod the header into the back of the net.

OC almost took the lead just before halftime through Quinn, but his sliding shot in the 41st minute was saved miraculously by Bryan Byars in what will surely be a USL Save of the Week nominee.

Shortly after the break, Seaton had a great chance to put the hosts ahead after going one on one with Byars. Byars did well to come off his line, cut down the angle and Seaton’s attempt smacked off the post and away to safety.

Energy FC took the lead in the 64th minute through a goal of supreme quality. Marco Bustos split the defense with a superb ball that put Dixon in alone on goal, and the striker calmly tucked the ball away.

It looked like the Greens would see out the remainder of the match before things drastically changed in second-half stoppage time.

In the fourth minute of added time, OC won a free kick on the edge of the box and Noah Powder was able to drive the dead ball around the wall and past Byars to level the score.

Then, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Quinn tried his luck from 25 yards out. The shot swerved through a sea of players and snuck past Byars who couldn’t see the ball until it was too late.

Next up is another fixture on the west coast, as the Greens take on LA Galaxy II Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. CST.