Irvine, Calif. (June 9, 2021) – Trey Muse spread his arms as he faced a point-blank shot Wednesday night. The SD Loyal goalkeeper’s wingspan was enough to block the quick shot on a key play that helped his team maintain the 1-1 draw against host Orange County SC.
Ronaldo Damus had taken a deflected ball right outside the six-yard box and rapidly poked it for a shot but Muse was at his line for the save. It was one of six key blocks by Muse in a match in which Damus had already found the net for the home side in the Week 8 match at Championship Soccer Stadium.
Damus tied the game and salvaged a point for Orange County when he brought down a volley from left to right from Brian Iloski. Damus didn’t waste his chance and fired it past Muse in the 50th minute. Damus had also previously threatened the SD Loyal goal in the 18th minute. He sprinted into the area but Muse came off his line to confront him and make another of his standout saves of the night. Damus had another chance after a corner kick but Jack Metcalf cleared it away at the line.
SD Loyal had chances of its own early in a game that brought out a bus load of fans north on the I-5 to support manager Landon Donovan’s team in the Pacific Division match.
SD Loyal had chances of its own early, one of which got the chants going from bus load of supporters that traveled north on the I-5 to support manager Landon Donovan’s team in the Pacific Division match.
“It was terrific to have them here,” said Tumi Moshobane about the SD Loyal supporters. “They gave us energy and a good boost. I was glad to have scored near and in front of them.”
Moshobane sent those fans into cheers when he scored in the 14th minute via a header on a cross from Jack Blake. Moshobane sneaked behind a pair of defenders and waited for Blake’s ball right outside the six-yard box to send in his first score of the 2021 USL Championship season and his second with SD Loyal (1-4-2, 5 points).
Orange County (2-2-1, 7 points) was able to contain the midfield and strikers late in the game to secure the draw.
SD Loyal will now prepare to host LA Galaxy II in another Pacific Division match Saturday June 12 at Torero Stadium at USD for the second home match of the season.
SD Loyal -16. Trey Muse, 14. Josh Yaro, 18. Jack Maher, 4. Jack Metcalf, 7. Jack Blake (58’ -21. Corey Hertzog), 17. Collin Martin (69’ -6. Charlie Adams), 3. Elijah Martin, 11. Tumi Moshobane (86’- 2. Morgan Hackworth), 29. Thomas Vancaeyezeele, 24. Miguel Ibarra (59’ -12. Niki Jackson), 77. Miguel Berry. Coach: Landon Donovan.
Orange County SC: 1. Patrick Rahousky, 24. Nathan Smith, 20. Rhys Breen, 6. Michael Orozco, 4. Rob Kiernan, 13. Tommy McCabe, 25. Mikko Kuningans, 14. Chris Wehan, 10. Brian Iloski, 9. Eero Markkanen, 11. Ronaldo Damus. Coach: Braeden Cloutier.