For the second time in a week, San Diego Loyal SC gained a point with a draw, this time Wednesday against Orange County SC.
Tumi Moshobane provided the Loyal’s lone score in the USL Championship league soccer match in Irvine.
Loyal goalkeeper Trey Muse blocked a point-blank shot on a key play that helped his team maintain the 1-1 draw.
It was one of six blocks by Muse in a match in which Orange County’s Ronaldo Damus had already found the net for the home side in the Week 8 match at Championship Soccer Stadium.
The Orange County forward tied the game and salvaged a point in league standings when he brought down a volley from left to right from Brian Iloski. Damus fired it past Muse in the 50th minute.
The Loyal had chances of its own early, one of which got the chants going from a busload of supporters who 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,” Moshobane said of 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 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.