By – Tristan Bonetto – LA Soccer Press
Patrick Rakovsky – B+: Rakovsky had two crucial saves in the first half. His first was a point-blank save with his leg after a close-range shot from Thomas Amang in the 12th minute. His second save was a spectacular reflexive save that deflected off the crossbar after an Amang headed challenge in the 31st minute. He received a yellow card in the 53rd minute for a foul on Loyal SC defender Kyle Adams when he shoved Adams to the ground in an argument following Loyal SC’s second goal.
Michael Orozco – B+: Orozco excelled in his natural center-back position, providing ample support in the passing game and neutralizing Loyal SC’s attacking runs. The captain had a clearance and an interception defensively while also finishing the match with a passing accuracy of 82.4 percent and a shot on target.
Brent Richards – A: Richards had an unparalleled performance at center back; he usually plays in his natural right-back position. Richards turned heads with his stout defense making two decisive tackles and clearing the ball from danger three times. He completed the match with a passing accuracy of 88.9 percent and a chance created.
Alex Villaneuva – B-: Villanueva played well in his natural left-back position, pushing forward to provide passing support in link-up play and tracking back to stop Loyal SC counterattacks. Villaneuva finished with a passing accuracy of 82.9 percent, a successful cross, a chance created, a clearance, and an interception.
Seth Casiple – A-: The natural left midfielder played at the right back position and played excellent covering the right flank and also pushing forward to help create chances. Casiple completed the match with a passing accuracy of 80.3 percent, three interceptions, two tackles, two chances created, and a successful cross. He started the play that culminated in Brian Iloski finding the late equalizer.
Dillon Powers – C+: Powers played in his natural central defensive midfield position alongside Kevin Partida. Powers completed the match with a passing accuracy of 75 percent, two tackles, an interception, and a shot on target. Powers was shown a yellow card in the 43rd minute for a hard foul on Thomas Amang. Powers made contact with Amang’s leg, causing him to spin in the air and fall down awkwardly.
Kevin Partida – B+: Partida played exceptionally well in the central defensive midfield position, recuperating balls and funneling them forward with needle precise accuracy. Partida completed the match with a passing accuracy of 87.9 percent, two clearances, a tackle, and a successful cross.
Tony Rocha – A: Rocha was excellent in the left midfield position. Rocha provided the assist on Milan Iloski’s goal that made it 1-1 for OCSC in the 44th minute. Rocha finished with a very impressive passing accuracy of 94.4 percent, a chance created, and a blocked shot. He came off the pitch for Korede Osundina in the 65th minute.
Brian Iloski – A+: Iloski showcased his quality in the right midfield position. Iloski scored the equalizer at the death to salvage a point for OCSC. His assertive shot lodged into the top netting as Loyal SC goalkeeper Koke Vegas couldn’t get his hands on it. Iloski completed the match with a passing accuracy of 82.1 percent, two tackles, and a blocked shot.
Sean “Ugo” Okoli – B-: Okoli played in his natural position as a striker but didn’t produce the way he usually does. Ugo finished with a passing accuracy of 75 percent, a successful cross, and a chance created. He came off the pitch for Erick “Cubo” Torres in the 65th minute.
Milan Iloski – A-: Iloski played amazingly in the striker position, scoring the first goal in the 44th minute to make it 1-1 for OCSC. Iloski completed the match with a passing accuracy of 68.4 percent, two tackles, and a chance created. Iloski received a yellow card in the 57th minute for a foul on forward Thomas Amang as he tripped him to neutralize a possible counterattack from Loyal SC.
Erick “Cubo” Torres – C+: Torres played in the striker position but didn’t quite get settled in. He almost scored the match-winner late in the game, but Loyal SC goalkeeper Koke Vegas brilliantly saved his headed attempt. Cubo came on the pitch for Sean “Ugo” Okoli in the 65th minute and completed the match with a passing accuracy of 66.7 percent.
Korede Osundina – B-: Osundina came on the pitch and provided valuable passing support in the left midfield position. He assisted Brian Iloski’s goal for the equalizer in the match’s dying minutes to make it 2-2 for OCSC. Osundina came on the pitch for Tony Rocha in the 65th minute and completed the match with a passing accuracy of 60 percent.
Bryce Jamison – N/A: Jamison came on the pitch for Milan Iloski in the 77th minute and did not play enough minutes to receive a grade.
Mikko Kuningas – N/A: Kuningas came on the pitch for Alex Villanueva in the 81st minute and did not play enough minutes to receive a grade.
Bonetto is a student at CSU Long Beach. He covers Orange County Soccer Club for LA Soccer Press. Follow him at @tristanbonetto on Twitter.