Brooklyn wins first conference title
Knights hold on with first half PK to beat Cape Cod
On the beautiful night at Carey Stadium, the Brooklyn Knights captured the Eastern Conference championship on Saturday with a narrow 1-0 win over the Cape Cod Crusaders. Tarik Smith earned a first half penalty kick that Danny Dragoi converted and the Knights defense held strong for the remainder of the match to give the Knights their first conference championship in club history.
Barons honored at USL AGM
Neil Holloway named executive of the year; club also recognized for excellence in communications

Lee Cohen, Director of PDL Operations (left), hands Barons GM Neil Holloway the league’s Communications award.
Photo by Lisa Perry -
Abundant Life Photography
For the third year in a row, the Ocean City Barons have been honored by the United Soccer Leagues at the league’s annual general meeting.  At the year-end awards banquet, the Barons brought home two awards. General Manager Neil Holloway, who also contributed to the team as a player, was recognized for his work off the field by being named the 2007 Premier Development League (PDL) Executive of the Year. In addition, the club also won the PDL Communications award.

"It was a nice surprise and a great honor to be recognized out of all 63 franchises at the PDL level," said Holloway. "When you receive awards as a player, you tend to thank your teammates, in this case I have to recognize the team of people I have off the field for allowing me to steer the Ocean City Barons in my direction and lead them toward my vision of success."

 


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2007 Barons award winners named
Heins, Edwards, Carmichael, Super 20s honored
The Ocean City Barons have announced their season-ending awards for the 2007 campaign. Ryan Heins (Temple Univ. / Medford, NJ), a Barons youth product playing his fifth year with the club, has been named the most valuable player. Goalkeeper Adam Edwards (Bucknell / Downingtown, PA) was the team’s top defender, and the club’s leading scorer Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) was the top offensive player.

The Barons also revealed the award winners for the Super-20 team. Mike Mousaw (MVP), Jim Clementi (Defender of the Year), Stephen McCurdey (Offensive Player of the Year) and Carmen Schiavo (Most Improved) were singled out as the top performers from this past season.

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2007 season in review
Recap of the season with audio highlights

2007 saw a lot of changes to the Ocean City Barons PDL squad. The only thing that didn’t manage to change was their success on the field.

Long-time Ocean City High School head coach Mike Pellegrino took over the Barons coaching duties, and enjoyed a tremendous amount of success with a relatively young team in his inaugural season. The club finished with a 9-3-4 league record which was good for second place in the Mid-Atlantic Division and their third trip to the playoffs in the last four years. Carey Stadium continued to bring the Barons a great home field advantage, as they finished with a 6-1-1 record at The Beach House to improve their all-time regular season home record to 17-3-4. Coach Pellegrino also guided the team to their pinnacle moment of the season with a 1-0 upset of the USL Second Division’s Crystal Palace Baltimore in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.


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Eastern Conference Semifinals: A wild night in Ocean City
Barons, Piranhas both eliminated in high drama matches
The Hampton Roads Piranhas, the unbeaten favorite, and the Ocean City Barons, the host team, were both eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs on Friday night with two dramatic, and vastly different, results.

In the first semifinal, the Brooklyn Knights upset the unbeaten Piranhas 6-5 in penalty kicks after the match finished 1-1 in regulation. The man who scored the 89th minute equalizer for Hampton Roads, Nene Joseph, was also the man who had the deciding penalty kick saved. The shootout featured three saves, one re-take, and strangest of all -- a goalkeeper injuring himself while scoring a goal.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Barons saw Byron Carmichael and Neil Holloway shown red cards in the 21st and 23rd minutes, leaving the host team down two men for the remainder of the match. The Men In Red would hold their own against a strong Cape Cod team, but eventually the Northeast Division champions were too much, thrashing the Barons 5-0 in a match rich with controversey.

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Pellegrino finalizes playoff roster
Five high school players add depth to the team
July 18, the day of the PDL "roster freeze", has come and gone and the Ocean City Barons have finalized their 2007 roster. The 21 individuals listed on the current roster are the players the Barons will have to play with for their run through the post-season. Among the new additions, first-year head coach Mike Pellegrino has added depth to the team by adding a handful of players from the Barons’ Under-20 team.
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Young Barons fall at Reading, 5-4
First-ever win by the Rage against Ocean City
After the game had been postponed on two previous occasions, the Ocean City Barons (9-2-4) finally played their match at Reading (7-4-4) and lost 5-4 on Friday night. Reading scored on a dramatic free kick by Marc Benson in second half stoppage time, giving them their first-ever win against the Barons. Byron Carmichael scored a pair of goals and had an assist. Two Ocean City High School graduates, Kyle Evans and Mike Moussaw, also tallied for the Barons. Moussaw, along with three other teenagers, made his first start in his Barons career.

Carmichael scored his 34th and 35th career goals with the Barons. This leaves him one goal short of the club record of 36 goals held by Ruben Mingo.

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Piranhas shoot down Barons 4-1
Barons suffer first home loss in regular season finale, Piranhas are 8th team in PDL history to finish unbeaten
The Hampton Roads Piranhas made history on Sunday night with a 4-1 victory over the Ocean City Barons in the regular season finale for both teams. The Piranhas end the season with a 14-0-2 record, joining the 2004 Barons as one of eight teams in PDL history to finish unbeaten.

The Piranhas pulled off the victory despite playing the most of the second half with ten men. Jeremy Ortiz scored the lone goal for the Barons, who finish the regular season with a 9-3-4 record.

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Barons clinch playoffs with 3-1 win
Carey Stadium hosts conference playoffs July 27-28
The Ocean City Barons (8-1-4) are headed back to the playoffs for the third time in four years after a 3-1 win over the Delaware Dynasty (3-10-2) on Wednesday night. Ocean City High School graduate Kyle Evans, scored two goals and assisted on Pat McCaffery’s tally in the 84th minute to clich second place in the Mid-Atlantic Division.

The club also announced after the game that Carey Stadium has been chosen as the site for the 2007 Eastern Conference playoffs. The semifinals will be held on Friday, July 27, with the final taking place the following night on July 28. The Mid-Atlantic Division champion Hampton Roads Piranhas will take on the second place team from the Northeast Division at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, while the Barons will play the Northeast Division champion at 7:30 p.m. The conference final will take place on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

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Barons clinch playoffs with 3-1 win
Carey Stadium hosts conference playoffs July 27-28
The Ocean City Barons (8-1-4) are headed back to the playoffs for the third time in four years after a 3-1 win over the Delaware Dynasty (3-10-2) on Wednesday night. Ocean City High School graduate Kyle Evans, scored two goals and assisted on Pat McCaffery’s tally in the 84th minute to clich second place in the Mid-Atlantic Division.

The club also announced after the game that Carey Stadium has been chosen as the site for the 2007 Eastern Conference playoffs. The semifinals will be held on Friday, July 27, with the final taking place the following night on July 28. The Mid-Atlantic Division champion Hampton Roads Piranhas will take on the second place team from the Northeast Division at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, while the Barons will play the Northeast Division champion at 7:30 p.m. The conference final will take place on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

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Barons shoot down Gunners, 2-1
Ocean City can clinch a playoff spot with win on Wed.
Jeremy Ortiz scored a pair of first half goals to lead the Ocean City Barons to a 2-1 win over the Fredericksburg Gunners on a beautiful Saturday night at Carey Stadium. It was a battle between two impressive goalkeepers with Ocean City's Adam Edwards making eight saves, and the Gunners' Chris Creger stopping seven shots. It was a pivotal battle in the Mid-Atlantic Division playoff race, and the Gunners were eliminated from post-season play with the loss, while the Barons are now one win away from clinching.

On the same night, the Hampton Roads Piranhas clinched the Mid-Atlantic Division title with a 3-1 win over the West Virginia Chaos. The Barons (8-1-4, 28 points), the Virginia Legacy (8-5-1, 25 points), and the Reading Rage (5-4-4, 19 points) are the only three teams still alive to battle for second place. The top two teams in each division qualify for the conference playoffs.

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Shorthanded Barons defeat Royals
Ocean City alone in 2nd place with 2-0 win
The Ocean City Barons got back to their winning ways with a 2-0 win over the Northern Virginia Royals on Sunday night. Adam Sternberger and Byron Carmichael each scored in the second half to lead the way. The Barons, who were missing several key players, especially on defense, managed to collect their seventh shutout of the season. Adam Edwards and Kyle Crego, who made his 2007 debut in the second half, each made a save to preserve the clean sheet.
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2 games, 2 days, 2 draws
Barons finish 2-2 at Virginia, tied for second place
The Ocean City Barons battled back from a 2-0 first half deficit and settled for a draw for the second night in a row. Byron Carmichael scored just before halftime, and Adam Sternberger added the equalizer in the second half and game finished in a 2-2 draw at the Virginia Legacy on Sunday night. Both teams finish the night with a point, and are tied for second place in the Mid-Atlantic Division. However, the Barons have played two less games than the Legacy, and one less game than the first place Hampton Roads Piranhas, who hold a 10 point gap between first and second place after a win on Sunday night over Fredericksburg.
Barons save point at Richmond
Carmichael scores twice, Ortiz equalizes in 3-3 draw
The Ocean City Barons battled back from a 2-0 halftime deficit and earned a 3-3 draw on the road at the Richmond Kickers Future on Saturday night. Byron Carmichael pulled the Barons level just after halftime with two goals in less than two minutes, in the 50th and 51st minute. Kevin McFadden scored his second of the game for Richmond in the 66th, but Jeremy Ortiz, who assisted on Carmichael’s first goal, scored the game-tying goal in the 76th minute. Adam Edwards made three saves for Ocean City, while Andrew Dykstra made six stops for the home side.

Carmichael’s goals were the 30th and 31st of his Barons career, pulling him within six goals of Ruben Mingo’s club record of 37. The Barons pull within five points of the first place Hampton Roads Piranhas in the Mid-Atlantic Division. No time to rest for the Men In Red, as they travel to Williamsburg, VA Sunday night to take on the Virginia Legacy at 7:00 p.m.
Barons fall 2-1 in Open Cup thriller
Harrisburg moves on to host DC United in the third round
When the final whistle blew, nearly all of the 1,019 fans in attendance were on their feet, paying tribute to one of the most entertaining games in club history. In the end, the Ocean City Barons fell short, 2-1 to the USL Second Division’s Harrisburg City Islanders in an exciting U.S. Open Cup match featuring end-to-end play and exceptional goalkeeping. David Schofield scored the game-winning goal just after halftime and the City Islander defense survived a frantic second half to secure a home game against DC United of Major League Soccer in the third round.

Both goalkeepers came up big for their respective teams. Former Baron Matt Nelson made seven saves for Harrisburg, including a jaw-dropping diving save in the 64th minute to secure the win. Adam Edwards made 15 stops for the home side in the losing effort.

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Barons escape with 1-0 win
OC can now focus on Tuesday's Open Cup game
The Ocean City Barons snapped their three-game winless streak and leap-frogged the Virginia Legacy into second place with a 1-0 win on Saturday night. Byron Carmichael scored his third goal of the year on an assist from Kyle Evans in the 15th minute to put the Barons ahead. Ocean City was able to withstand a strong second half attack by the visitors, with Adam Edwards making nine saves for his sixth shutout of the season, a new Barons’ single-season record.

With the league match out of the way, the Barons can now focus on Tuesday’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at home against the Harrisburg City Islanders, with the winner moving on to play DC United of Major League Soccer.

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Piranhas hand Barons first loss
Hampton Roads' shutout streak reaches nine games
In the battle of the top two defenses in the Premier Development League, it was the Hampton Roads Piranhas (8-0-1) who came out on top with a 2-0 win over the Ocean City Barons (5-1-2) at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Andrew Wheeler and Zach Kinney scored for the home side, who have yet to allow a single goal in the first nine games of the 2007 season. To make matters worse for Ocean City, they spent the last half hour of the match with ten men after Adam Ennis was shown a red card for bad tackle on the Piranhas' Daniel Haywood.

With the loss, the Barons remain in third place in the Mid-Atlantic Division, eight points behind first place Hampton Roads, and one point behind the second place Virginia Legacy, who will pay a visit to Ocean City on Saturday night.

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Barons finish 1-1 with Chaos
Scoreless streak ends at 460 mins, Catchpole scores
The Ocean City Barons finished in a 1-1 draw with the West Virginia Chaos on Saturday night at Carey Stadium. Lee Catchpole (Univ. at Buffalo / Norwich, England) scored his first goal in an Ocean City uniform in the 11th minute, but Pete Kariotis equalized just before halftime with a score against the run of play. Kariotis ended the Barons’ team-record streak of 460 minutes without conceding a goal. It was the second straight draw for the Barons, who remain unbeaten at 5-0-2.
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Barons upset Crystal Palace 1-0
Will host Harrisburg City Islanders in Open Cup second round for the right to play an MLS team
The Ocean City Barons advanced to the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 1-0 upset of the USL Second Division’s Crystal Palace Baltimore. Byron Carmichael scored the lone goal just before halftime on an assist by Sean Boyle while Adam Edwards made eight saves for his fifth straight shutout in all competitions.

The Barons will host a second round match against the Harrisburg City Islanders from the USL Second Division on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that match will play a team from Major League Soccer in round three.

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Barons still unbeaten after draw
Adam Edwards ties club record with his fifth shutout
The Ocean City Barons, playing in their second game in as many nights, finished in a scoreless draw with the Fredericksburg Gunners on Sunday night. Adam Edwards earned his fourth straight shutout, fifth of the season, and the Barons’ defense extended their team record to 416 minutes without conceding a goal. With five clean sheets, Edwards ties the Barons’ record for shutouts in a season held by Patrick Hannigan in 2004 and Guy Hertz in 2003.

Even more impressive was the fact that the Barons kept the Gunners off the scoresheet despite playing a man down for the majority of the second half.

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Barons roll over Royals 4-0
Ortiz scores twice, team-record shutout streak intact
The Ocean City Barons kicked off the first leg of back-to-back road games this weekend with a 4-0 win over the Northern Virginia Royals. Jeremy Ortiz (LaSalle Univ. / Mt. Laurel, NJ) scored twice, with Sean Boyle (Limestone Coll. / Galaway, Ireland) and Lee Catchpole (Univ. of Buffalo / Norwich, England) each providing two assists to improve the Barons’ record to 5-0, the best start in club history. Adam Edwards (Bucknell Univ. / Downingtown, PA) only needed to make one save for his third straight shutout, his fourth of the 2007 season.
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Open Cup here we come!
Barons headed to the tourney after Gunners' draw
The Ocean City Barons have a date with the professional team in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after the Reading Rage held the Fredericksburg Gunners to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon. The Barons who finished qualifying with a perfect 4-0-0 record, needed Fredericksburg, the only remaining unbeaten team in the division, to either lose or tie one of their last two games to clinch. This will be the third appearance for Ocean City in the last four years.

The U.S. Open Cup, which is the United States’ version of England’s FA Cup, is the oldest cup competition in the country, dating back to 1914. It is a tournament completely unique in American sports where all teams, from Major League Soccer to weekend recreational leagues, are eligible to participate in a knockout competition to decide a true national champion.

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Ocean City finish USOC qualifying with perfect record
Fredericksburg Gunners hold key to the Open Cup
It’s hard to say what’s more difficult. Finishing qualifying with a perfect 4-0-0 record, or having to wait until the end of the weekend to find out if you’re officially in the U.S. Open Cup or not?

After a 1-0 win over the Richmond Kickers Future on Friday night, waiting is now the name of the game as Barons fans will have to wait on the results of both Fredericksburg Gunners matches from the weekend to find out if the club will make it’s third Open Cup appearance in four years. Sean Boyle’s bending free kick to the far post found the head of Byron Carmichael in the second minute of play, to give the Men in Red the early advantage. It was the team-leading third assist for Boyle, who was among the best players on the field for the Barons. Carmichael’s goal, his second of the year and 28th of his Ocean City career, brings him within nine goals of becoming the club’s all-time leading goal scorer (Ruben Mingo - 36 goals).

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Barons thrash Reading 5-0
Win puts the club in first place in USOC qualifying
The Ocean City Barons opened their 2007 home schedule with a convincing 5-0 victory over the Reading Rage. The home side received goals from five different players, including Byron Carmichael, Scott Hawkins, Brad Peters, Sean Boyle and Kyle Evans. Adam Edwards continued to be outstanding in goal, making eight saves, one of which was a spectacular penalty kick stop in the final minutes of the game. With the win, the Barons improve to 3-0-0 and currently sit in first place in Open Cup qualifying with only one game left to play. The Reading Rage, on the other hand, are eliminated from Open Cup contention with the loss. If Ocean City can qualify for the tournament, it’s been revealed that they will face a professional team in the first round.
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Barons put a stop to the Chaos
Ocean City wins 3-1 to stay in hunt for Open Cup
The Ocean City Barons remained unbeaten with an important 3-1 road win over the West Virginia Chaos on Saturday night. With the win, Ocean City finds themselves tied for first place in the Mid-Atlantic division. The top team from each division in the PDL advances to the tournament.

Newcomer Brad Peters from Eastern Illinois University, scored his first goal with the club in the 14th minute on an assist from Byron Carmichael. Ten minutes later, LaSalle’s Jeremy Ortiz scored his second goal in as many games, thanks to an assist by Sean Boyle.

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Pellegrino era begins with 1-0 win
Ortiz scores the lone goal in lightning-shortened match
The Barons opened their 2007 season on the road against the Delaware Dynasty and came away with a 1-0 win in Mike Pellegrino’s debut as head coach. Sean Boyle’s corner kick found the head of Jeremy Ortiz in the 25th minute to give the Barons the early lead which they held for the remainder of the match. However, the game was halted in the 85th minute when lightning was spotted and after the weather failed to cooperate, the referee was forced to call an end to the match. Tonight's contest was also the first of four U.S. Open Cup qualifying matches. The Barons, who have had success in the tournament in the past, have not qualified since the 2005 season when they advanced to the third round.

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Barons announce 2007 PDL roster
Young team anchored by eight returning players
With a new-look front office and coaching staff, comes a new-look roster for the 2007 Ocean City Barons. The Barons open the 2007 season on Saturday, May 12 on the road against the Delaware Dynasty. The home opener at Carey Stadium is on Tuesday, May 22 in a match against the Reading Rage.

The club enters their 11th season, and their sixth as a member of the Premier Development League (PDL). The Barons return eight players from last year’s team, which finished in second place in the Northeast Division and barely missed the cut for the Eastern Conference playoffs. This year’s team will battle for the Mid-Atlantic Division title with new manager Mike Pellegrino and assistant coach John Thompson, one of the top defenders in the PDL during his five years on the Barons backline.

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