That’s all she wrote folks! After a warm summer’s eve, the Coras close the 2018 NPSL season. Of course there will be other games, like Club Tijuana and the Riverside County Cup, but the Coras will have to watch the playoffs from home. The match finished at 3-3, an impressive outing from the Coras who dictated majority of the tempo, especially in the second half. This was a fitting end to Riverside’s season, they battled hard and didn’t give up till the end. Goalkeeper Robert came up huge on multiple occasions, even after receiving a strong knock in the first half
I think anything short of winning a national title is always going to be disheartening. Not making the playoffs sucks, but we have set a bar really high for ourselves and there is always room to grow.
The first half would end 2-2. OCFC succeeded possession early on to Riverside. While Riverside would apply pressure, the longer the attack was on, the wider the gap between the midfield four and the back line would grow. OCFCs attack was led by their target striker, who consistently played with back to goal and supplied others for opportunities to attack. Riverside Coras would fight back twice in the half: once from a dangerous corner sent in by Eric Gonzalez and a second goal from Alex Zaragoza who dribbled his way up the midfield and made sure he finished his chance.
The second half was all about the tactical adjustment. Identifying the space Orange County was exploiting, head coach Robert Vidrio tasked Eric Gonzalez to be the #6 (center defensive midfielder) and mark off the space in front of the centerbacks. This would force Orange County to attack from the wings, which led to their third goal. Riverside Coras were able to answer back for the last time; the whistle would blow and end the match at 3-3.
For details on the match, check out our post-match recap where Sal and I go over how this was a fitting end for the Coras and how we continue to move forward.