May 15, 2016
Orange County Blues settle for draw
IRVINE, Calif. -- The Orange County Blues might have won the crossbar challenge, but settled for a 1-1 tie with Arizona United SC at Anteater Stadium Saturday night. The Blues (3-3-2, 11 points) hit the woodwork five times before Joe Baccielo scored the tying goal late in the match.
Arizona United (2-3-3, 9 points), which had a three-match unbeaten streak, took the lead early in the second half on a Luke Rooney goal.
Pavle Popara hit the post with a 20-yarder in the eighth minute as Orange County took control early. Then, after Baccielo broke in on goal, Jack McCracken’s shot was saved by Carl Woszczynski.
Just before the end of the half, Didier Crettenand was played through by Dusan Stevanovic, his shot hitting the outside of the post.
The Blues dominated early in the second half, Crettenand hitting the crossbar from inside the penalty area.
Arizona took the lead against the run of play as Luke Rooney scored on a volley from the edge of the penalty area past Brandon Miller in the 59th minute.
A minute later, substitute Trevin Caesar finished with his first touch, the goal disallowed for a handball.
Baccielo then rounded the goalkeeper after being played in on the right, hitting the post from a tight angle. Then, Baccielo redirected Roy Meeus’s corner at the far post to tie the score, 1-1, in the 78th minute.
Baccielo came close to breaking the tie with an 18-yarder off the bar, the fifth OC shot to hit the supports.
Both teams had late chances to go ahead. Miller saved on Tyler Blackwood in a one-on-one situation in the 82nd minute. In stoppage time, Caesar’s one-on-one attempt was saved by Woszczynki.