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Matt Vasquenza hat trick gives Tim Oswald coaching milestone in win vs. Westchester Flames

Manga, Ridsdale also add goals as Nor'easters win streak reaches three games

Coach "Oz" becomes the Winningest Coach in Nor'easters PDL history.

June 15, 2015
By: Christian Candeloro
Ocean City Nor'easters Starting XI: (Front)(L-R) A. Ridsdale,
E. Schoendorf, R. Myers, M. Lurie (C), M. Vasquenza; (Back) R. Israel,
A. Unzue, K. Hall, J. Guinovart, T. Dobrowolski (GK), J. Manga

The Ocean City Nor’easters overwhelmed the West Chester Flames, 5-2, on Saturday night, using an onslaught of offense to provide Head Coach Tim Oswald claim the title of All-Time Winningest Head Coach in Nor’easters PDL history.

The win was the 35th of Oswald’s career with the Nor’easters, passing Neil Holloway (2005-06, 2009-11) for the top spot in the Nor’easters history books.

The Nor’easters were paced by forward Matthew Vasquenza, who posted his first career PDL hat trick. The 5’9” sophomore from Xavier University scored in the 27th, 48th, and 53rd minute for the Nor’easters, easily helping to put the game out of reach.

Forwards John Manga and Alex Ridsdale each added a goal to continue their scorching seasons. Ridsdale has scored in each of the last three games, while Manga is tied for 8th in the PDL with 11 points on the season.

The match started off slowly, as both teams played stifling defense. The Nor’easters had several opportunities to take the lead early but were unable to capitalize. Ridsdale gave the Nor’easters several chances, but his crosses into the box found only grass.

In the 27th minute, forward Khesanio Hall fed Vasquenza for the tie-breaking goal on a cross to the right side of the box which Vasquenza neatly one-touched into the goal.

Hall, a striker from Oklahoma Wesleyan College, tallied two assists on the day, but he had a hand in the first three Nor’easters goals before he was subbed out in the 55th minute.

The Nor’easters entered halftime still holding the tight 1-0 lead after a first half full of missed opportunities. Ocean City was called for two off sides with their players all alone with the goalie and midfielder Jorge Guinovart missed a goal by inches in the 42nd minute.

However, just as the Nor’easters couldn’t buy a break in the first half, they couldn’t miss in the second half, heating up and blowing past the Flames.

Vasquenza added his second goal of the game in nearly the exact same fashion as his first one, taking the feed from Hall on the right side of the box and one-touching the ball past the goaltender.

Just two minutes later, Manga entered all alone and deposited his fifth goal of the season to give the Nor’easters a commanding 3-0 lead.

Similarly to the Nor’easters victory over the Lehigh Valley Sonic last Wednesday, the squad found themselves in charge of the game with an entire half left to play. Against Lehigh Valley, the team kept their foot on the gas and ended all hope for the opposition. The team did the same on Saturday, opting against cruise control and instead keeping the pressure on.

In the 53rd minute, Vasquenza added his third and final goal, fielding a beautiful pass from midfielder Aitor Unzue and chipping the ball over the goaltender to put the Nor’easters up, 4-0.

In the 60th minute, the Flames were called for a handball inside their box and the referees awarded the Nor’easters a penalty kick. Ridsdale was chosen to take the shot and he buried it into the bottom left of the net for a 5-0 Nor’easters lead.

Tim Dobrowolski earned his third consecutive win in net, making five saves.

  Official Match Information ** PDL **  
Ocean City Nor'easters   at   Westchester Flames   5:2
  City Park Stadium Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:30 pm EDT  
Weather: Hot   Attendance: 80



OCN: Matthew Vasquenza (Khesanio Hall) 38'
OCN: Matthew Vasquenza (Khesanio Hall) 48'
OCN: John Manga (Unassisted) 50'
OCN: Mtthew Vasquenza (Aitor Unzue) 53'
OCN: Alex Ridsdale (Penalty Kick) 61'
WFL: Mahmoud Kafel (Ivan Martinez) 64'
WFL: Francisco Agrest (Unassisted) 83'

WFL: Timothy O'Driscoll 74'
WFL: Thomas Manz 90'


Referees: Alex Cerjan, Kenneth Rojas, Adam Martinez


Ocean City Nor'easters
Pos Jer Name Min G A S F
M 18 Guinovart, Jorge 63     1  
M 14 Unzue, Aitor 68   1    
D 2 Israel, Richardo 63       1
D 11 Lurie, Mitchell 90        
D 20 Myers, Ryan 90       1
D 22 Schoendorf, Eric 90        
F 21 Hall, Khesanio 55   2    
F 9 Manga, John 63 1   2  
F 13 Ridsdale, Alex 68 1   2  
F 4 Vasquenza, Matthew 90 3   6  
GK 1 Dobrowolski, Timothy "Tim" 90        
M 10 Araujo, Victor 12     2 1
M 19 Delgado, Pau 35       2
M 24 Greenblatt, Marc 27        
M 23 Peterson, Ryan 22       1
D 27 Keane, Benjamin 27       1
F 25 Oakley, Ovan 27        
Westchester Flames
Pos Jer Name Min G A S F
M 8 Chaparro, Mauricio 78     1  
M 3 Clements, Thomas 63       1
M 20 Martinez, Ivan 90   1 2 3
M 12 Norris, Daniel 90       2
M 4 Paredes, Brian 90     1 2
D 7 Kafel, Mahmoud 78 1     2
D 5 Manz, Thomas 90       2
D 15 O'Driscoll, Timothy 90       3
F 11 Agrest, Francisco 90 1   4 1
F 10 Bonilla Matute, Yudex 88       2
GK 0 Kiourkenidis, Alexandros 90        
M 6 Cohen, Drew 27        
D 6 Areiza, Ruben 12        
F 13 Panchano, David 12        
F 18 Romero, Cesar 2        
Ocean City Nor'easters
GK 1 Dobrowolski, Timothy "Tim" 90 2 1       5 7
Westchester Flames
GK 0 Kiourkenidis, Alexandros 90 5   1     2 7
  Team Statistics
Goals Half1 Half2 Final
Ocean City Nor'easters 1 4 5
Westchester Flames 0 2 2
Shots Half1 Half2 Final
Ocean City Nor'easters 4 7 11
Westchester Flames 4 4 8
Saves Half1 Half2 Final
Ocean City Nor'easters 2 3 5
Westchester Flames 1 1 2
Fouls Half1 Half2 Final
Ocean City Nor'easters 3 8 11
Westchester Flames 10 8 18
Offsides Half1 Half2 Final
Ocean City Nor'easters 2 3 5
Westchester Flames 0 1 1
Corners Half1 Half2 Final
Ocean City Nor'easters 5 1 6
Westchester Flames 1 1 2

The Nor’easters currently sit in fifth place with 12 points in the Mid-Atlantic Division. They face the Long Island Rough Riders this Wednesday at 7 P.M. at Saint Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, New York. 

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