Tritons Grab a 4-1 Win Against Orange County FC in a Home Game Opener
With a late start to the game due to some organizational issues, UCSD would go on to take Orange County FC, not a common foe familiar to this region. As part of San Diego’s constant sunshine, the intense rays brought immense heat and energy to the mix that would make it more challenging for both sides to compete at 100%. Despite a slow start, the Tritons would take the initiative on the offensive side and score the opening goal thanks to Zachary Boender who, after a couple of rebounds inside the opposition's box, was able to get the ball to find the back of the net.
Tactically the game would become level with both sides having chances to score but it wasn’t until later in the half that the Tritons’ ex-goalkeeper Trevor Fried would soar through the air and give the home team a gallant 2-0 lead after an amazing diving header.
The second half brought an unfortunate goal with OCFC scoring against the Tritons after a mistake while trying to play out of the back. Despite this error, the Tritons rose up and were able to continue dominating the game which eventually led to a goal by Michael Korelov who made a header after a beautiful cross off a corner kick. With time running on and fatigue setting in, the Tritons were able to score one last goal by medical student Voja Maric, who found himself one-on-one against the keeper after a controlled build-up by the home team. UCSD was glad to continue their winning streak this time with a 4-1 win and are looking forward to the next games for the spring league.
Thankfully, there were no major injuries during this game despite the high intensity and determination by both teams. Our stand-out player that deserves recognition for their excellence was Jorge Gomez who faced the challenge of playing a new position as a defender, yet despite making some mistakes, overall had an amazing game and was vital to the victorious run by UCSD.