IRVINE, California (Saturday, June 18, 2016) – Real Monarchs took a 1-0 loss at ANTEATER STADIUM against ORANGE COUNTY BLUES FC on Saturday night.
DF Roy Meeus scored the lone goal for Orange County off of a penalty kick in the 22nd minute and the 10-man Monarchs couldn’t find the equalizer.
In the 60th minute, Monarchs DF Chris Schuler was shown a red card, forcing the Monarchs to play down to just ten men for the final half-hour as Real fell to 4-7-4 on the season.
The battle got underway right from the start with both teams fighting for consistent possession. The Monarchs developed a rhythm first, connecting passes and moving the ball well across the field. As the match developed, both teams evenly possessed the game.
The game changer came in just the 22nd minute of play. After a handball was called on MF Tyler Arnone in the box, Meeus of Orange County converted the penalty shot into the game-winning goal.
As the sense of urgency built to net a goal for the Monarchs, both sides grew into a heated frenzy. Players on both sides began collecting cards, with six yellow cards joining Schuler’s second-half red card.
The Monarchs had several solid chances for an equalizer, including a penalty kick in the 82nd minute taken by MF Ricardo Velazco. But the PK missed wide, leaving the Monarchs with a 1-0 loss on the road.
Real Monarchs will hit the road next week to face Colorado Springs on June 26 at Switchbacks Stadium, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
GAME NOTES – RMvsOCBFC
- This match was the ninth consecutive match out of eleven that has been played away from Rio Tinto Stadium.
REAL MONARCHS 0-1 ORANGE COUNTY BLUES FC
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Monarchs 0 0 0
Orange County Blues FC 1 0 1
OC: Roy Meeus 22’
OC: Gevorg Karapeytan (Caution; Foul) 27’
RM: Alec Sundly (Caution; Foul) 34’
RM: Kevaughn Frater (Caution; Foul) 39’
OC: Trevin Casear (Caution; Foul) 49’
OC: Oriol Cortes (Caution; Foul) 55’
RM: Chris Schuler (Ejection; Serious Foul Play) 59’
OC: Ivan Mirkovic (Caution; Foul) 70’
Real Monarchs (4-2-3-1): Lalo Fernandez; Boyd Okwuonu (Eti Tavares 73’), Phanuel Kavita, Chris Schuler, Tyler Arnone; Danilo Acosta, Alec Sundly; Ricardo Velazco, Andrew Brody (Maikon Orellana 43’), Elder Torres; Kevaughn Frater (Colin Rolfe 45’).
Substitutes not used: Connor Sparrow, Emilio Orozco, Amass Amonkona, Max Lachowecki
Orange County Blues FC (4-4-2): Josh Cohen; Grady Howe, Maurice Pluntke, Brenton Griffiths, Roy Meeus (Andrae Campbell 92’), Ivan Mirkovic, Oriol Cortes (Nikola Illich 59’), Didier Crettenand, Dusan Stevanovic (Mats Bjurman 91’), Trevin Caesar (Christopher Santana 72’), Gevorg Karapeytan (Joe Baccielo 85’)
Substitutes not used: Miller, Felix
Referee: Daniel Radford
Assistant Referees: Alexander Luttmann, Cameron Blanchard
Fourth Official: Melissa Gonzalez
Weather: Sunny and 83