Tim Dobrowolski earns second straight shutout, but offense unable to score
Despite strong performances all around, the Nor'easters tied the Bohemians 0-0.
Alex Ridsdale beats his a Baltimore defender in a 3-1 win earlier this season
Photo Credit Baltimore Bohemians
The Ocean City Nor’easters posted their second consecutive 0-0 draw against the Baltimore Bohemians on Friday night.
With the statistical edge, the Nor’easter’s failure to find the back of the net was something of a surprise, but Baltimore’s goalkeeper William Heavner recorded several good saves on the night to keep the match close, and both he and Nor’easters goaltender Tim Dobrowlski both posted clean sheets to give each team a point in the PDL Mid-Atlantic Division.
The match was the second time this season that the Nor’easters and Bohemians squared off, with the Nor’easters taking the first match by a 3-1 margin. The Nor’easters received two goals from forward John Manga in the first match, blowing past the Bohemians late in the game.
The second meeting between the teams was more of a chess match as both teams just could not find the back of the net.
Both teams applied pressure early, with the Nor’easters backline holding steady against an early Bohemian barrage. Manga was able to sneak past the Bohemian backline in the ninth minute but was called for an extremely close off-sides.
The Nor’easters totaled six shots and six corners, including several in the first third of the game. Manga found separation from the Bohemians backline several times, but was unable to find the ball on each of the opportunities and the chances were lost.
The Nor’easters and Bohemians entered the half knotted at zero, with both teams looking to regroup and devise a strategy that would help find their team the tie breaker in the second half. However, in the second half the team’s offenses seemed to stall as the backlines and goalkeepers play kept them from generating many solid opportunities to score.
Forward Matthew Vazquenza earned a chance in the box, but his cross was headed out of danger by a Baltimore defender.
Over the first thirty minutes of the second half neither team was able to find any success in the attacking third and the game remained 0-0.
A golden opportunity presented itself for the Nor’easters came in the 74th minute from forward Khesanio Hall, who flew past his defender on the wing and sent a cross into the box that found forward Alex Ridsdale. Ridsdale sent the pass sailing over the top of the net and the crisis was averted for Baltimore.
Perhaps the best opportunity of the night came in the final moments of the game as the Nor’easters unleashed a flurry of offense that sent the Bohemians scrambling desperately to keep the ball out of the net.
Through all of the chaos, the ball found its way to forward Jorge Guinovart, who had a perfect opportunity to put the Nor’easters up 1-0 in the 90th minute of the game and effectively give the Nor’easters the win. His shot clanked off the post and the Bohemians were rescued from defeat.
For the Nor’easters, the post robbed them of not only three points but also possibly the confidence boost that comes with winning a game in the last minute. You can watch the full match replay here.
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