Ocean City Comes Up Short at Don Thomas Stadium
Despite a tough defensive effort, the Nor'easters fell to Reading, 2-0.
|Ocean City Nor'easters Starting XI: (Front) E. Schoendorf, O. Oakley, P. Delgado-Rodriguez, J. Guinovart, H. Swartz; (Back) A. Mpofu, M. Lurie, A. Unzue, A. Morrison, J. Manga, E. Klenofsky (C)(GK)|
The Ocean City Nor'easters fell 2-0 at Exeter High School's Don Thomas Stadium last Saturday night to their PDL rivals, Reading United A.C. in a Mid-Atlantic Division contest by way of Reading United striker Brett Campbell late in the second half.
The 72st minute saw Campbell break the deadlock.
The 6’1” forward added his second goal in the 78th minute, confirming a 2-0 road loss for the Nor'easters.
The game was a back and forth affair with both teams earning chances to break the game open early. The match featured a strong midfield game with Ocean City forward John Manga and midfielder Jorge Guinovart wreaking havoc on Reading's backline.
Manga had several opportunities to score, missing the net by inches in the 87th minute.
The game winning goal came on one of Reading’s seven corner kicks. With the ball bouncing in the box and Ocean City unable to clear, Campbell took advantage of the chaos to head the ball past goal keeper Eric Klenofsky.
Klenofsky appeared to come up with another huge save, smothering the ball on the goal line, however the referee ruled that the ball crossed the line, giving Reading a 1-0 lead.
Now trailing by a goal, Ocean City was forced to press in search of the equalizer. With Ocean City focused on the offensive end, Reading defender Paul Marie was able to knife through the defense and slip a pass to Campbell, who finished past Klenofsky for the insurance goal.
The Nor’easters defense held Reading to only two shots in the first half, despite Reading taking five corner kicks in the half alone. The Ocean City defense clogged the center of the field forcing Reading to play wide.
In their third road game in eight days, Ocean City appeared to lose their legs as the second half wore on. Despite the determination of the Ocean City defenders, Reading eventually broke through.
“Three games does not define a season, the division race will go down to the last day,” Ocean City General Manager Kevin Nuss said. “There are a lot of quality matches left to be played.”
The Nor’easters are back in action next Saturday, June 6th against the Baltimore Bohemians with a chance to find their way back to the win column and bolster their PDL record.
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