For the last match of the season your Riverside Coras FC are up against Orange County FC. Riverside are currently in 5th place, but officially out of the playoff race; while Orange County sit comfortably in third and are continuing to fight for an automatic spot into the playoffs. In the last match-up between these two NPSL Southwestern conference foes, OCFC grabbed a late winner in front of their OC faithful. This time the Coras welcome their opponents to the heat of Riverside for an entertaining season finale.
In their last match, a seven goal thriller, the Coras lost to OCFC in the final moments of play, when Alessandro Canale laid off a nice finish from the Dakota Collins assist. However, this match would turn out to be the catalyst for change within the club. Head Coach Robert Vidrio was appointed ahead of the Riverside County Derby, Riverside’s scoring drought was ended and it set the tone going into the remainder of the season.
This match will weigh heavily on both sides. Riverside will be looking to end the season on a high-note, going into a potential rebranding season, while OCFC are seeking an automatic playoff spot after having played an extended season, due to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
A good result for the Coras should not be solely focused on the result, but rather fixing the things that hindered our results throughout this season, getting booked and finishing out matches. Yellow cards have been a consistent thorn in the play of the Coras, which I believe has also played a part in why we let in goals during the late moments of each half. Riverside’s defense is aggressive while trying to close down the attacker; any card given could result in our players giving extra space to the OCFC attackers, in fear of another penalized tackle. And that space is what Alessandro Canale and Dakota Collins will be looking to exploit again. Lastly, play hard. Not just for moments, but for the full 90 minutes. Grind for a win or force OCFC to earn a result.
Last match, at J.W. North had a fantastic crowd! Let’s continue to come out and support your Riverside club. Exciting things are in the future for Riverside and it’s soccer culture, so let’s celebrate it!