Barons hand Ottawa first loss of season, advance to Elite Eight with 2-1 extra time win

Tyler Bellamy scores game-winner in 98th minute, Barons to face Chicago Fire (PDL) next weekend in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Ocean City Barons 2:1(aet) Ottawa Fury
Algonquin College Soccer Complex - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Scoring Summary

7th - Liam Maloney
60th - JT Noone (William Swetra)
98th - Tyler Bellamy

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The Ocean City Barons advanced to the PDL Elite Eight with a 2-1 extra time win over the previous unbeaten Ottawa Fury in the PDL Northeast Division Final.

Tyler Bellamy’s ’karate kick’ goal in the 98th minute propelled the Barons to the Quarterfinals where they will face PDL’s Chicago Fire on Friday night in Des Moines, Iowa. The winner will play against the winner of the host Des Moines Menace and the Cary Clarets.

 

Barons Lineup School / Hometown
GK - Tunde Ogunbiyi Boston College / Gwynedd, PA
DEF - Jamal Neptune Hofstra / East Windsor, NJ
DEF - John Fletcher Eckherd College (’09) / Uxbridge, ENG
DEF - Tyler Bellamy St. Bonaventure / Hammonton, NJ
MID - William Swetra James Madison / Egg Harbor, NJ
MID - Ryan Richter LaSalle / Southampton, PA
MID - Leon Brown Wheeling Jesuit (’04) / Siparia, Trinidad
MID - Rory McCrea Hofstra / Leeds, England
MID - Neal Melchionni Lehigh / Marmora, NJ
FWD - JT Noone Temple / Harrisburg, PA
FWD - Byron Carmichael Marshall (’03) / Lumberton, NJ
Substitutes  
Dwayne Dove Vermont / Turnersville, NJ
Steve Miller Colgate / Ivyland, PA
Junior Chapman LaSalle / Winslow, NJ
Sal Pistone Stockton College / Blackwood, NJ
Scoring Summary
7th (OTTAWA) Liam Maloney (Unassisted)
60th (OCEAN CITY) JT Noone (William Swetra)
98th (OCEAN CITY) Tyler Bellamy (Unassisted)

 Game Stats

OCEAN CITY

OTTAWA

Shots

6

16

Saves

6

1

Fouls

29

18

Offsides

3

4

Corners

3

11

The Ocean City Barons advanced to the PDL Elite Eight with a 2-1 extra time win over the previous unbeaten Ottawa Fury in the PDL Northeast Division Final.
 

Ocean City Barons 2:1(aet) Ottawa Fury
Algonquin College Soccer Complex -
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Scoring Summary

7th - Liam Maloney
60th - JT Noone (William Swetra)
98th - Tyler Bellamy

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Tyler Bellamy’s ’karate kick’ goal in the 98th minute propelled the Barons to the Quarterfinals where they will face PDL’s Chicago Fire on Friday night in Des Moines, Iowa. The winner will play against the winner of the host Des Moines Menace and the Cary Clarets.

The Fury entered the game as the PDL’s top defensive team (8 goals allowed in 16 games) and the second best offensive team (48 goals scored in 16 games). At home, they were 7-0-1, and only allowed one goal during those eight games, including a 2-0 win over Ocean City back on June 5.

It was Ottawa who jumped out to the early lead, with a goal from Liam Maloney in the 7th minute. The Fury drove a corner kick deep to the far post, the ball was headed back across goal and after a poor clearance by the Barons defense, the scramble for the ball resulted in Maloney, the clubs second leading scorer, putting the ball into the back of the net.

After Barons goalkeeper Tunde Ogunbiyi made a couple big saves in the opening half to keep Ocean City in the game, it was J.T. Noone who nearly tied the game up before halftime.

Noone and Ryan Richter used some clever combination play that resulted in Richter sending his teammate on a through ball in behind the defense. Noone put the ball past the Ottawa goalkeeper but the linesman called him offside.

Noone would break through again in the 60th minute, this time it would count. On an inswinging free kick from William Swetra from the left wing, Noone leaped up into the air to meet it and tied the game up at 1-1.

The two tough defenses keep the opposing team from scoring with the game ending 1-1, forcing extra time.

Eight minutes into overtime, the Barons would find what would prove to be the game-winner.

Ocean City utilized a long throw from Junior Chapman to launch the ball into the box. John Fletcher flicked the ball back into the mix where it fell to Swetra who took a shot. Swetra’s shot was blocked, but Tyler Bellamy was in the right place at the right time and "karate kicked" (as head coach Neil Holloway described) the ball into the goal to put the Barons up 2-1.

Saturday’s hero Bellamy scored a school-record 68 goals at St. Joseph’s High School, but later converted to defense when he attended St. Bonaventure. 2009 marked his second season with the Barons, after playing in only six games last year. This year, his role has grown and has appeared in 12 games, while starting five of them. Saturday’s goal was his first for Ocean City.

"We have the belief that we can go on to win the championship," said Barons head coach Neil Holloway. "If you can go to Ottawa and win, you can go anywhere and win."

Next up for the Barons is a date with the Chicago Fire of the PDL next Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Fire have been the pride of the PDL since the Barons joined the league in 2003. During that time, the Fire have the best record (86-12-18) by a wide margin (Barons are 4th on that list) and the best home record (46-5-7) (Barons are 2nd on that list). In their nine seasons, they have won their division title seven times.

However, much like the Barons, all of their regular season success has not translated into a PDL championship. Both teams will try to take the next step toward their first title when they meet on Friday night in Iowa.

 

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