Las Vegas Lights FC close the show strong in a 3-1 win over Orange County SC

Last week, Las Vegas Lights FC lost their third consecutive match when they couldn’t hold a lead vs. Real Monarchs SLC. Back at home, they got back into the win column last night vs. Orange County SC. Cal Jennings scored a brace while Eric Iloski added the third in the 3-1 victory.

Key Stat

2-0 advantage in second-half goals. A major issue this season for the Lights has been conceding goals in the second half. Less than a week after second-half goals cost them vs. Monarchs SLC, Las Vegas broke a halftime tie with two goals down the stretch to get the win.

Three Brightest Lights

BGN’s Man of the Match Cal Jennings: The club’s leading scorer tallied the first two goals last night and finished with six shots (three on target).

Alvaro Quezada: He completed 34 passes, made five tackles, and won three fouls while committing none. He also had two clearances and three interceptions.

Eric Iloski: A second-half substitute, he was able to pick the goalkeeper’s pocket and scored a late goal. In addition to scoring his first professional goal, Iloski completed all ten of his passes.

Quick Kicks

  • Outside of the goal, a blast from Brian Iloski, it was a solid defensive performance from Las Vegas. Alex Rando stepped up in goal when he needed to and the club finished with 22 clearances.
  • Danny Musovski earned an early penalty, but his attempt from the spot left much to be desired and was saved by Abraham Romero. He wasn’t able to score or assist in the match, but he did make his presence known up top.
  • Bruce El-Mesmari, an exciting youth Mexican international, made his debut off the bench in the second half. He already showcased some flashes of the skill on the ball that he brings to the roster.
  • Both Iloski brothers, Eric and Brian, scoring goals in the same match is a pretty cool feat. Last match for Lights FC, the other brother, Milan, scored the match-winning penalty for Real Monarchs SLC.
  • For now, the Lights move back into a playoff position in the Pacific Division. Steve Cherundolo’s side improved to 5-9-1 on the season.

What’s Next?

Las Vegas Lights FC will be off until August 7th when they return to action to host Phoenix Rising FC. At the moment, Phoenix is the best statistical team in the league, leading in goals, points, and are second in clean sheets and fewest goals conceded.

Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.