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Reno Rises Over OCSC

By AARON CRANFORD - aaron.cranford@uslsoccer.com, 09/03/17, 12:15AM EDT

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Orange County's Etim nets USL's 1,000th goal this season

IRVINE, Calif. – Reno 1868 FC continued its sensational inaugural USL campaign with an eye-catching 3-1 road victory against Orange County SC from the Champions Soccer Stadium at OC Great Park on Saturday evening. Jimmy Ockford opened the scoring in the 13th minute of play, and soon after, 1868 FC widened the lead via an Oscar Sorto own goal. Chris Wehan, who looked strong all evening and played a part in the buildup to the own goal, netted the third goal for Reno. While his goal served as a consolation in the match, Monday Etim’s finish for Orange County in the 91st minute was a milestone, as it was the 1,000th goal of the USL regular season. With the win, Reno maintains its pace among the Western Conference’s best by improving to 13-5-6 overall. Orange County, meanwhile, falls to 7-8-8 on the year.

Scoring:
13’ – RNO – Jimmy Ockford
15’ – RNO – Own Goal (Oscar Sorto)
67’ – RNO – Chris Wehan (Brian Brown)
90+1’ – OC – Monday Etim

Three Things That Matter:

  • 1. Reno proved once again why it’s a serious candidate to take the USL Cup this season. The club is quickly approaching the single-season team record for most goals scored, which was set last season by the New York Red Bulls II with 61. With the three tallies tonight, including Jimmy Ockford's close-range finish, Reno now sits at 57 on the year and will likely surpass the Red Bulls II’s mark easily with eight matches remaining in their first USL season.
  • 2. What makes Reno’s performance against Orange County that much more special is the fact that the club did it without team-leading scorer Dane Kelly, who earned his first call-up to the Jamaican National Team for its international exhibition against Canada. Chris Wehan was among the many who stood out in the attack, as he played a part in two goals on the night.
  • 3. After Saturday’s result, Orange County is still looking for its first win at its new Champions Soccer Stadium at OC Great Park. A recent slide in form has seen Orange County fall out of the top eight in the Western Conference, but the club does have nine games remaining in its regular season to try and fight its way back into a playoff position.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:

Chris Wehan, Reno 1868 FC – The midfielder scored 1868 FC’s third goal and completed 83.3 percent of his passes on the evening.

Upcoming Games:
Orange County SC
at Phoenix Rising FC – Sept. 6, 10:30 p.m. ET, Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
Reno 1868 FC at LA Galaxy II – Sept. 6, 10:30 p.m. ET, Stubhub Center – Track Stadium

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