Notebook: Orange County SC Fall 2-1 Away To El Paso Locomotive FC

by | Oct 8, 2022 | Orange County SC, USL

Bryce Jamison Scores His First Goal Of The USL Championship Season For OCSC

By Tristan Bonetto – LA Soccer Press 

Orange County SC lost 2-1 against El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday, October 8th, at Southwest University Park in El Paso, TX. OCSC forward Bryce Jamison’s goal in the 83rd minute wasn’t enough to salvage a point for OCSC. 

El Paso started the match by controlling the possession and creating promising chances. Their first chance came in the 2nd minute when El Paso forward Josué Aaron Gómez’s left-footed shot rattled the right post. The deflection off of the post rolled into the path of El Paso midfielder Diego Abarca who wasn’t clinical enough to convert his right-footed shot on goal.

In the 25th minute, a center from El Paso defender Matt Bahner found defender Andrew Fox in the box, but Fox’s header lacked power as it easily bounced into the hands of OCSC goalkeeper Patrick Rakovsky.

OCSC forward Sean “Ugo” Okoli almost scored from inside the box in the 31st minute, but El Paso goalkeeper Evan Newton saved Okoli’s shot. 

El Paso took the lead in the 37th minute to make it 1-0. Former OCSC player and El Paso midfielder Eric Calvillo assisted forward Luis Solignac, who scored from close range as his shot deflected off of Rakovsky’s leg before it went into the bottom right corner. 

The second half began, and El Paso almost increased their lead in the 47th minute, but Patrick Rakovsky parried away midfielder Christopher Garcia’s shot. In the 54th minute, El Paso midfielder Richie Ryan scored a header from a set-piece cross by defender Matt Bahner to make it 2-0.

OCSC forward Bryce Jamison brought the visitors within one goal in the 83rd minute. A cheeky pass from midfielder Brian Iloski found Bryce Jamison, whose left-footed shot deflected off El Paso goalkeeper Evan Newton’s gloves before rolling into the bottom right corner.

Three minutes later, Brian Iloski almost found the equalizer for OCSC, but his shot was saved by Evan Newton.  

OCSC has one match remaining in the 2022 USL Championship regular season. They will conclude their season when they face San Antonio FC on Saturday, October 15th, at Toyota Field in San Antonio, TX. 

Facts and Notes:

Bryce Jamison scored his first-ever career professional goal for OCSC against EL Paso Locomotive FC.

Brian Iloski recorded his first assist for OCSC this season. 

Milan Iloski has a two-goal lead in the Golden Boot Race with one match left for OCSC. Iloski would become the first player in OCSC history to achieve this feat with the team.

Bonetto is a student at CSU Long Beach. He covers Orange County Soccer Club for LA Soccer Press. Follow him at @tristanbonetto on Twitter.