FCC (2-4-3) had dominated the game to that point in terms of play in the offensive third, but managed just one more shot than OCB and lost the overall possession battle in large part because of the speed of its play in the attack and transition game.
Five yellow cards issued to Cincinnati also made it tough to stay in a rhythm. Orlando was charged with three yellows and 15 fouls.
“We give up the goal and then it shifts a little bit,” defender Harrison Delbridge said. “… I hate losing, so it was frustrating.”
Luck just wasn't on FCC's side Saturday. One of its best chances was stripped away by a whistle in the 33rd minute that Jimmy McLaughlin argued shouldn't have been called. Orlando's Seb Hines laid out Dacres at midfield as he sent a perfect ball through to McLaughlin, giving him a clear path to goal, but the head ref stopped play before McLaughlin could take his shot on what should have been considered an advantage play.
McLaughlin also had a goal negated by an offsides call when that same official blocked a clearance attempt by Orlando and the ball landed at McLaughlin’s feet for a shot off the rebound.
“We wanted to play and put our best foot forward and try to set ourselves up for success,” Koch said. “I haven’t seen the replays yet, so I’m curious to see if Jimmy’s goal that was scored in the first five or 10 minutes, if that was offside. I don’t know. There were a lot of moments in terms of professional fouls that were made that weren’t dealt with or weren’t dealt with appropriately or evenly. Those were frustrating moments.”