Austin, TX (May 18, 2019) Austin Bold FC drew Orange County SC 2-2 at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, CA to win their second road point of the 2019 USL Championship season. Jorge Troncoso scored his first goal of the season, and Andre Lima scored his 5th. OCSC came from behind twice through goals from Darwin Jones and Aodhan Quinn to share the night's points.
Austin Bold FC started strongly, scoring in the 36' through a Lima freekick. Referee Kevin Stott called the goal off due to an offside ruling on Valeri Saramutin. ABFC didn't wait long to put the ball in the back of the net again. A powerful freekick from Calum Mallace forced Orange County SC goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes into a diving save. Cervantes palmed the ball into the path of Troncoso, and the Chilean smashed home the rebound to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 38'.
Orange County SC leading goalscorer Jones leveled the match in the 43' for the home side. Midfielder Jerry van Ewijk created space on the edge of the box to deliver a cross to Jones, who flicked it past Austin Bold FC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo from a tight angle. ABFC responded 49 seconds later through Lima. The Austin forward got on the end of a long ball from Saramutin and poked it home to give ABFC the lead.
Early in the second half, OCSC equalized once again in the 52' through Quinn. Jones' floated ball across the box found van Ewijk on the back post who's knockdown header set up Quinn to volley the equalizer past a stretching Restrepo. Neither side could convert chances in the second half to take home all three points and settled for a point apiece.
After the match, Troncoso spoke of his excitement for scoring his first goal of 2019 and the match's difficulty.
"I'm very happy to get my first goal for the Bold and help the team get the point on the road. Tonight's game was a tough one. Coach (Marcelo Serrano) told us the game was going to very hard and we had to play on the counter-attack. We executed that well and have to work hard again for the next game."
Troncoso looks to take the momentum of Saturday's match into the next against Fresno FC.
"Our game against Fresno FC will be another hard one, like all away games. We need to work hard, rest, and be ready for Wednesday."
Austin Bold FC will play Fresno FC Wednesday night (May 22) at Chukchansi Park at 9:30 pm CT. Watch live on ESPN+.
ABFC: Jorge Troncoso (39’)
OCSC: Darwin Jones (43’)
ABFC: Andre Lima (43’)
OCSC: Aodhan Quinn (52’)
OCSC: Yellow Card (Leonardo 37’)
ABFC: Yellow Card (Andre Lima 38’)
OCSC: Yellow Card (Michael Seaton 90+4’)
Austin Bold Starting XI:
GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Sean McFarlane, Amobi Okugo, Jermaine Taylor, Demar Phillips; M: Xavi Baez, Calum Mallace, Valeri Saramutin, Kleber Giacomazzi, Jorge Troncoso (Clayton Adams 76’), Sonny Guadarrama (Kris Tyrpak 55’); F: Andre Lima (Promise Isaac 80’)
Substitutions Not Used: Juan David Ramirez, Thomas De Villardi, Fabian Garcia, London Woodberry
The Bold are back home at Bold Stadium May 25 against league leaders New Mexico United. Tickets are available for this match and all upcoming Austin Bold FC matches at www.AustinBoldFC.com/tickets or by calling (512) 872-8700.