The Orange Coast College men’s soccer team lost 4-1 against Cypress at home on Tuesday. The match put OCC last in the Orange Empire Conference standings, but they still have three more matches to improve their record.
Tuesday’s match was a high-scoring affair with five goals, all in the first half. The scoring began in the 19th minute of the game when the Chargers were awarded a free kick just outside of the Pirates’ 18-yard box. Cypress Nomar Ibarra stepped up and buried the kick in the bottom left corner past a wall of OCC defenders.
Up 1-0, Cypress did not back down from attacking and scored two goals in the 28th and 33rd minutes of the match. This put the Chargers up 3-0 with full control of the game.
However, not more than 30 seconds later, OCC kicked the ball off and broke away on goal. The Pirates stormed down the field as Armand Pigeon assisted Jesus Olague to cut the Cypress lead to just two. This would not be enough as the Chargers Julio Perez would get another goal just before half, increasing their lead back to three.
After an eventful first half, the second saw both teams slow down and play more methodically. Each team got chances on goal but nothing was of too much concern for either of the keepers. OCC was able to muster up a few attacks on goal, but the size and speed of the Cypress defenders was too much for the smaller Pirate attackers.
After a scoreless second half, the game finished 4-1 in favor of the Chargers.
OCC’s next match is Friday at Irvine Valley at 3 p.m.