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Orange County Rolls Past Tulsa

By CHRIS HOCKMAN - chris.hockman@uslsoccer.com, 03/31/18, 6:00PM EDT

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Enevoldsen hat trick too much for nine-man Roughnecks


Photo courtesy Rich Crimi / Tulsa Roughnecks FC

TULSA, Okla. – Orange County SC saw its offense come alive as it took a 5-0 win over a nine-man Tulsa Roughnecks FC at ONEOK Field on Saturday afternoon. Some slick passing saw Orange County SC open the scoring in the 15th minute. After four short touches between players, a nice turn from OCSC midfielder Mats Bjurman allowed him to cross in for forward Thomas Enevoldsen who headed home powerfully. Just four minutes later OC doubled its lead, helped by a deflection as midfielder Richard Chaplow turned and saw space, allowing him to hit a powerful shot that caromed off a defender, wrong-footing Roughnecks goalkeeper Fabian Cerda to hit the back of the net. Things got even worse for Tulsa in the 27th minute as midfielder Michael Binns went into a challenge too physically, earning a straight red card. From the resulting free kick, the visitors made it three as the Tulsa defense left Enevoldsen wide open, allowing him to blast it past Cerda making a bad afternoon even worse. In the 64th minute, Tulsa midfielder Riggs Lennon thought he’d pulled one back as he found the back of the net, but only after the referee had called a foul against him. Lennon’s frustration would get the better of him in the 72nd minute as he was shown a straight red card, effectively ending Tulsa’s chances. Enevoldsen sealed the win, and his hat trick in the 77th minute as he found the ball in space and hit a powerful strike out of reach of the keeper. Enevoldsen turned provider in the 81st minute as he was able to set up Michael Seaton for a 5-0 final score.

Scoring
15’ – OC – Thomas Enevoldsen (Mats Bjurman)
19’ – OC – Richard Chaplow
29’ – OC – Thomas Enevoldsen (Aodhan Quinn)
77’ – OC – Thomas Enevoldsen
81’ – OC – Michael Seaton (Thomas Enevoldsen)

Three Things That Matter:

  • 1. As would be expected when playing a team that was reduced to nine-men by the end of the game, Orange County dominated possession. It’s easy for teams in that situation to sit back and absorb the pressure but OC continued to fight, holding 67.5 percent possession, allowing the attackers to feast and score five.

  • 2. With extra space on the pitch due to Tulsa's first-half red card, Orange County passed Tulsa off the park, managing 611 passes in the match. Those 611 passes came at a passing accuracy rate of 87.2 percent.

  • 3. Orange County constantly threatened, taking 19 shots in the match, nine of them on target as Tulsa goalkeeper Fabian Cerda was kept busy all match, helpless to stop the Orange County onslaught.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:

Thomas Enevoldsen, Orange County SC – Enevoldsen was dangerous all match, as demonstrated by his hat trick. To add to his performance Enevoldsen added an assist for the fifth goal when he could have easily shot himself, proving himself unselfish as he helped his team to the win.

Upcoming Games:
Tulsa Roughnecks FC
vs. Portland Timbers 2 – April 4, 8 p.m. ET, ONEOK Field
Orange County SC vs. LA Galaxy II  – April 7, 10 p.m. ET, Champions Soccer Stadium

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