Patrick Rakovsky Earns His First Clean Sheet Of The Season
By Tristan Bonetto – LA Soccer Press
Orange County SC was held to a scoreless draw when they visited Atlanta United 2 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia, on Friday, May 27th. OCSC had chances to open the scoring in the first half but just couldn’t find the back of the net. This was the first meeting against Atlanta United 2 in OCSC club history.
Patrick Rakovsky was called into action early for OCSC with an incredible save to keep the match at 0-0. In the 16th minute, Atlanta United 2 player Aiden McFadden headed the ball towards the top right corner as Rakovsky sprung up and saved it.
OCSC had their first viable chance of the match in the 42nd minute. A center into the box from Daniel A. Pedersen was headed into the six-yard box from Michael Orozco. The ball rolled past an open goal as Erick “Cubo” Torres couldn’t get a touch on the ball.
In the 44th minute, Tony Rocha passed the ball to Milan Iloski in the box, who took a shot towards the bottom left corner, but Atlanta United 2 goalkeeper Vicente Reyes saved his shot. The first half ended with both teams having viable chances to score but not being able to convert them.
The match continued to be a heavily defensive match for OCSC, not allowing one shot on goal for Atlanta United 2 in the second half. A controversial no-penalty call for OCSC came in the 78th minute when it looked like Robbie Mertz made contact with Iloski’s leg in the box as he was trying to dribble past him.
In the 82nd minute, an OCSC setpiece from the right side of the field set up Oluwakorede Osundina in the opposition’s box as his volley attempt was blocked. In the 87th minute, Torres threaded the ball between two defenders to Pedersen, who took a couple of touches into the box and shot the ball as it went straight over the crossbar.
Substitute Darwin Matheus appeared to have put Atlanta ahead by one in the 92nd minute, but the goal was disallowed due to Matheus being in an offside position. The match ended in a stalemate with no goals for either side.
Notes: With the result, OCSC stayed undefeated in May with a record of 1-0-3 heading into their June fixtures. OCSC is on the road again after the Memorial Day weekend to take on Oakland Roots SC on Wednesday, June 1st, at Laney Football Stadium in Oakland, California.
Bonetto is a student at CSU Long Beach. He covers Orange County Soccer Club for LA Soccer Press. Follow him at @tristanbonetto on Twitter.