2008 PDL season: A tale of two halves
Barons miss the playoffs after impressive first half
The 12th season for the Ocean City Barons franchise began with a tremendous amount of optimism. Many within the organization believed that the 2008 edition of the Premier Development League team was among the most talented roster the club had ever assembled. Even after the season finished without a berth in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup or the PDL playoffs, that may still be true, but the results didn’t back that up as the team finished with a 6-5-5 record, the lowest point total -- 23 -- in the club’s six-year PDL history. The Barons finished in a tie for fourth place in the Northeast Division, seven points short of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.

One of the highlights of the 2008 campaign was a series of individual accomplishments by one of the club’s greatest players. Byron Carmichael (Marshall ’03 / Lumberton, NJ), playing in his fifth season with the Barons, became the club’s all-time leader in goals and reached the 100-point mark of his career while breaking the career record in that category.
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Barons fall to Brooklyn in final road game
OC eliminated from playoff contention with their first loss to Brooklyn in five years
For the second game in a row, the Ocean City Barons (5-4-5, 20 pts.) scored early in the first half, and for the second game in a row, they let that early lead slip away and lost the game. With a 4-1 loss to the Brooklyn Knights (8-2-4, 28 pts.) on a rainy night in New York, the Barons were eliminated from playoff contention with two games left to play in the 2008 season.

The win by Brooklyn was their first against the Barons since June 11, 2003, a span of seven games without a victory. The win also moves them into first place in the Northeast Division with two games to play.

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Rough Riders hand Barons 3rd straight loss
Long Island keeps playoff hopes alive with 3-0 win
The Ocean City Barons (5-5-5, 20 pts.) poor run of form in the second half of the season continued on Saturday night with a 3-0 loss at home to the Long Island Rough Riders (6-4-4, 22 pts.). After beginning the first eight games of the season unbeaten (4-0-4), the next seven games for the Barons have been a disaster, winning just one game while earning a 1-5-1 record and being eliminated from postseason contention.

The loss marked the first time in team history that the Barons have lost three games in a row, losing last Sunday 2-1 to the Hampton Roads Piranhas, and this past Wednesday to the Brooklyn Knights 4-1. This also marks the first time that they have lost three games at home in one season.

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Piranhas continue to have Barons' number
Hampton Roads deliver OC a rare home loss, 2-1
The Ocean City Barons (5-3-5) are still unable to beat the Hampton Roads Piranhas (4-6-2) after falling 2-1 on Sunday night. The second year franchise swept the Barons last year en route to an unbeaten regular season, and now lead the brief all-time series 3-0.

For only the fifth time this season, the Barons struck first when Lee Squires (Lees-McRae / Sheffield, England) sent Jeremy Ortiz (LaSalle / Mt. Laurel, NJ) through on the right side of the box. Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) and Steve Miller (Colgate / Ivyland, PA) were both offside on the play, but Ortiz was not and beat Piranhas goalkeeper Andrew Techanchuk to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
 

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Barons announce 2008 award winners
Adam Sternberger named Ocean City's MVP
The Ocean City Barons have announced their award winners for the 2008 season. Adam Sternberger was selected as the most valuable player, Byron Carmichael was the team’s offensive player of the year, and Joe Ilett was named as the top defensive player. The honors were determined by the Barons coaching staff.


2008 Ocean City Barons
Team Awards

Most Valuable Player
Adam Sternberger
(Rutgers ’08 / Mays Landing, NJ)
Offensive Player of the Year
Byron Carmichael
(Marshall ’03 / Lumberton, NJ)
Defensive Player of the Year
Joe Ilett
(Eckert College / Maldon, England)



Sternberger did not begin his fourth season with the club until the third game at the Long Island. From that time, the recent Rutgers University graduate played in 13 games, totaling 1,091 minutes and scored his lone goal of the season --a penalty kick-- on June 29 at home against the Westchester Flames. He worked tirelessly in the midfield game in and game out, helping to link between the backline and the forwards and creating scoring chances for Ocean City. He finishes the season ranked seventh in Barons history in goals (9), points (20) and minutes played (3,088).

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Glenn's magic first touch douses Flames
Barons' playoff hopes still alive and well after win
The Ocean City Barons (5-2-5, 20 pts.) snapped a three-game winless streak and avenged last week’s loss to the Westchester Flames (5-3-2, 17 pts.) by defeating them 2-1 at Carey Stadium on Sunday night. BJ Glenn (Lafayette / Phila, PA) was the hero for Ocean City, scoring the game-winner in the 84th minute on his first touch after entering moments ago as a substitute.

Following Sunday’s results in the Eastern Conference, the Barons move into sole possession of third place in the division, three points behind the first place Newark Ironbound Express. They also find themselves one point behind the Fredericksburg Gunners in the Eastern Conference wild card standings with four games to play.

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Barons end 2008 season with a win
Byron Carmichael earns 100th career point to help OC sweep New Jersey with 2-0 victory
The Ocean City Barons (6-5-5, 23 pts.) wrapped up the 2008 season on a positive note with a 2-0 win over the expansion New Jersey Rangers (2-12-2, 8 pts.). It was the third win over the Rangers in their inaugural season in the PDL. The Barons finish the season in 4th place in the Northeast Division, seven points short of the wild card spot.

In addition to the team picking up a win in their season finale at Carey Stadium, fans were treated to a milestone. Byron Carmichael assisted on Ocean City’s second goal, giving him 100 points for his Barons career as he completed his fifth season for the Men In Red.

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OC, Newark share point after 1-1 draw
Ortiz scores equalizer in 61st minute to save Barons
The Ocean City Barons avoided their first three-game losing streak in club history with a 1-1 draw at the Newark Ironbound Express on Wednesday night. 
 
Former Baron Chris Karcz put his former club behind 1-0 in the 30th minute, but 2006 Barons MVP Jeremy Ortiz scored his first goal of the season on the other side of halftime to tie the game up.

Both teams emerge from Wednesday’s game with the same record, 4-2-5, and are tied for third place in the Northeast Division, just three points behind the first place Brooklyn Knights.

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Barons fall 2-1 at Westchester
Ocean City faced with rare two-game losing streak
The Westchester Flames (5-2-1, 16 pts.) pulled into a tie for second place in the Northeast Division with the Ocean City Barons (4-2-4, 16 pts.) after defeating them 2-1 on Saturday night in New Rochelle, NY. It was the first time the Barons have lost back-to-back games since the 2005 season, and it was only the fourth time in club history that they’ve lost two games in a row.
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OC suffers rare home loss, 4-0 to Newark
First defeat of the season is also worst regular season home loss in club history
In what could be another chapter in a potentially tense in-state rivalry, the Newark Ironbound Express (4-2-3, 15 pts.) handed the Ocean City Barons (4-1-4, 16 pts.) their first loss of the 2008 season, by a score of 4-0. It was the worst regular season home loss in Barons history, surpassing a 3-0 loss to Rhode Island in the 2003 season opener and a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the 2007 season finale.

It was only the sixth regular season home loss in club history, and only the fourth time the team has lost at Carey Stadium.

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Fletcher on PDL Team of Week for 2nd time
Eckerd College defender has two goals this season
For the second time this season, Barons defender John Fletcher (Eckerd College / Uxbridge, England) was named to the Premier Development League’s Team of the Week. Last weekend, Fletcher helped the Barons earn a 1-1 draw with the Brooklyn Knights despite spending the majority of the match down a man. In addition to his defensive duties, he also scored the equalizing goal in the match, converting a 43rd minute penalty kick.

In his debut season in the PDL, Fletcher has played in every minute of every game for Ocean City, scoring two goals and adding one assist (five points).

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Barons earn first shutout, 3-0 over Rangers
Carmichael becomes all-time leading scorer, Ogunbiyi makes four saves in his final game of 2008 season
Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) scored a pair of goals to lead the Ocean City Barons (4-0-4, 17 pts.) to a 3-0 road win over the expansion New Jersey Rangers (1-6-1, 4 pts.) on Friday night. With those two scores, Carmichael passes Ruben Mingo to be come the club’s all-time leading scorer with 94 points (39 goals, 16 assists). Steve Miller (Colgate / Ivyland, PA) also added to his team-leading goalscoring total with his sixth of the 2008 campaign.

It was a bittersweet victory for Ocean City, as they say goodbye (for the rest of the 2008 season) to goalkeeper Tunde Ogunbiyi (New Hampshire / Gwynedd, PA). He made four saves to help the Barons earn their first shutout of the season, but will be leaving for Portugal on Saturday to join the Nigerian Olympic team as they prepare for the Summer Olympics in Beijing.


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Shorthanded Barons save point vs. Brooklyn
Ocean City plays with 10 men for half the game, manages to hold on for 1-1 draw
Despite playing down a man for more than half the match, the Ocean City Barons (3-0-4, 13 pts.) managed a 1-1 draw with the first place Brooklyn Knights (5-1-2, 17 pts.) Saturday night at Carey Stadium.

Barons defender Tyler Bellamy was sent off in the 38th minute after pulling Knights’ midfielder Tarik Smith down from behind in the penalty area. Jeff Matteo converted the penalty kick, for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Five minutes later, the Knights returned the favor, clipping Brad Franks just inside the right side of the box, giving Ocean City a spot kick of their own. Defender John Fletcher would tie the game with his second goal of the season.

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Carmichael saves Barons, makes history
With a late equalizer, he keeps the club unbeaten and becomes Ocean City's all-time leading goalscorer
Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) capped off a successful two-game road trip by scoring a dramatic equalizer to save a point against the Rhode Island Stingrays (0-4-2, 2 pts.) on Sunday night. In the second game in as many nights, the Barons earned a 1-1 draw in East Providence, thanks to an 89th minute goal by Carmichael. With that game-tying goal, he becomes the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with his 37th career tally.

Ocean City finishes their back-to-back road trip with four points after defeating the Cape Cod Crusaders the night before 2-1. They remain unbeaten (3-0-3, 12 pts.) after six games played and find themselves in second place in the Northeast Division, one point behind next weekend’s opponent, the Brooklyn Knights.

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Barons defeat Cape Cod in playoffs rematch
Carmichael now tied for most goals in Barons history

In the first of two straight road games, the Ocean City Barons (3-0-2) remained unbeaten with a 2-1 road victory over the Cape Cod Crusaders on Saturday night. The win snaps a three-game losing streak to the Crusaders, including last year’s playoff game, and was the Barons’ first win at Cape Cod since May 22, 2004. Byron Carmichael and Joe Banks were the goalscorers for the Barons, and by assisting on Carmichael’s goal, Steve Miller extended his point streak to four games.
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Banks named to PDL Team of the Week
Sicklerville native scored GW goal vs. Richmond
For his game-winning goal last week against the Richmond Kickers Future and his solid defensive play, the Ocean City Barons’ Joe Banks (Drexel / Sicklerville, NJ) was named to the Premier Development League (PDL) Team of the Week. This marks the third straight week that Ocean City has had a player on the league’s weekly honor roll.
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Undefeated Barons fall short of Open Cup
3-1 win over Richmond Kickers Future not enough
After the Ocean City Barons claimed a 3-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers Future on Friday night, their fate in U.S. Open Cup qualifying was out of their hands. It was their fourth and final cup qualifying match, and they finished with a 2-0-2 record. While eight points in four matches is a respectable total, they would fall short of a berth due to victories by the Cape Cod Crusaders and the Fredericksburg Gunners later that night.
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Steve Miller named PDL Player of the Week
Colgate product scored 5 goals in 2 matches last week
Miller leads the PDL in scoring with 11 points (5g 1a). Photo courtesy Colgate University
United Soccer Leagues announced today the USL Premier Development League Team of the Week for the fifth week of the USL season, honoring the Ocean City Barons’ Steve Miller as Player of the Week.

Miller outpaced other deserving members of the week five team with his five goal, one assist weekend in which his Barons hammered the New Jersey Rangers 8-1 on Wednesday and then drew even with the formidable Long Island Rough Riders 2-2 on Saturday.

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Miller saves the Barons in stoppage time
Former Barons cripple Ocean City's Open Cup chances
Rarely do you find disappointment in a team with an unbeaten record after the first three games of the season, but when dealing with qualification for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it’s different.

The Ocean City Barons’ (1-0-2) chances of qualifying for the 94-year old tournament for the fourth time in the last five years took a major blow with a 2-2 draw at the Long Island Rough Riders on Saturday night. Steve Miller (Colgate / Ivyland, PA), fresh off his historic hat trick on Wednesday, added two more to his season total, including the game-tying goal in second half stoppage time.

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Record-setting offense leads way for OC
Barons destroy NJ Rangers 8-1 in first-ever meeting
With the largest margin of victory and biggest goal total in club history, the Ocean City Barons (1-0-1) defeated the expansion New Jersey Rangers (0-2-0), 8-1 on Wednesday night.

Steve Miller (Colgate / Ivyland, PA), in his first PDL start, became only the second player in Barons’ PDL history to score a hat trick, while his strike partner Lee Squires (Lees-McRae / Sheffield, England) added a pair of goals and an assist. Ryan Richter (LaSalle / Southampton, PA) also scored two goals off the bench and Ryan Finley (Rancocas Valley HS / Lumberton, NJ) became the youngest Baron to ever score a goal.

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John Fletcher named to PDL Team of Week
Eckerd College defender scored in his PDL debut
After making a strong PDL debut with the Ocean City Barons last Sunday, defender John Fletcher (Eckerd College / Uxbridge, England) was rewarded with being named to the Premier Development League’s Team of the Week. Fletcher, who will enter his senior year at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in the Fall, scored the Barons’ lone goal off an Adam Williamson corner kick in the 68th minute. Scoring goals as a defender is not new to the Uxbridge, England native. Last Fall, he was Eckerd’s fourth leading scorer with three goals and three assists.
Cape Cod loss keeps Barons' record intact
Crusaders fall one short of Ocean City's mark of 28 home games without a loss
Between June 14, 2003 and July 12, 2006, the Ocean City Barons Premier Development League (PDL) team failed to suffer a loss at home, a span of 28 matches. The streak was in jeopardy of being matched by one of the club’s east coast rivals, but their unbeaten run came to an end this past weekend.
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Barons bitten with 1-1 draw in 2008 debut
Newark shown red twice but OC unable to break tie
With strong winds blowing off the nearby Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean City Barons opened the 2008 Premier Development League (PDL) season with a 1-1 draw with the Newark Ironbound Express on Sunday night. The Express, an expansion team from North Jersey, played m uch of the game shorthanded after a red card was shown to one of their players early in the first half. Late in the game, another Newark player saw red, but no matter how many chances they created, the Barons were unable to earn three points.

Since the Barons moved to Ocean City in 2005, there have been very few, if any, games played in poor weather conditions. That was until Sunday night. With wind gusts that reached as high as 40 miles per hour, both teams had to battle the elements in what turned out to be a very physical game.

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Barons release 2008 Opening Day roster
Pellegrino and Holloway lead PDL club into their 12th season on Sunday, May 11 at Carey Stadium
Ocean City High School head coach Mike Pellegrino will return to lead the Ocean City Barons Premier Development League (PDL) team for the second straight year. He will bring back with him 11 players from last year’s team that finished in second place in the Northeast Division with a 9-3-4 record.

Pellegrino, one of the most successful coaches in the state of New Jersey, transitioned his leadership from high school to the PDL last year and helped the team qualify for both the league playoffs and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This marked the third time in the last four years that the Barons had qualified for both competitions in the same season.

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2008 Ocean City Barons broadcast schedule
Can't make it to the game? Listen live!
For the fourth year in a row, fans from around the world can follow all the Ocean City Barons action live through online radio broadcasts. In 2008, all homes games will be available, including archives of each broadcast on-demand. For more information about how to listen to the broadcasts through Stretch Internet, and for a full broadcast schedule, click continue.
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Barons to become Nike club in '08
PDL team to debut new kits on May 11
The South Jersey Barons have entered into an agreement with Nike and Ewing Sports to be the official partner and apparel supplier for the club. Fans will be introduced to the new look this summer when the Ocean City Barons Premier Development League (PDL) team will debut the new kits on May 11 when they host the Newark Ironbound Express at Carey Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

After the PDL team’s season concludes in August, the rest of the Barons organization will be wearing "the swoosh" on their jerseys, bags, and shirts.

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Reading FC partners with Barons
English side features U.S. international Marcus Hahmnemann
In a landmark agreement, the South Jersey Barons organization, fronted by their Premier Development League (PDL) club, the Ocean City Barons, have formed a partnership with Reading Football Club of the English Premier League (EPL). As part of the agreement, which was organized through Reading’s "Football in the Community Trust" program, the "Royals" will send some of their coaches to lend their expertise and help run the Barons’ youth academy camp in August. Also, Reading FC will continue to host the Barons’ youth teams during Easter weekend, as they expose the young players to some of the top facilities at one of the elite youth development clubs in the EPL.
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Barons announce '08 PDL schedule
12th season opens May 11 at Carey Stadium in O.C.
The Ocean City Barons will open their 12th season in the United Soccer Leagues at Carey Stadium on May 11 when they welcome first-year team Newark Ironbound. For the fourth year in a row, the Barons will play 8 of the 16 regular season games at "The Beach House", where they have the 5th best home record in the PDL since 2005.

The 2008 league format sees the PDL increase to 67 teams divided by four conferences and 10 total divisions. The Eastern Conference will sport a brand new look, splitting into three divisions. The Barons will compete in the Northeast Division where they will battle with a pair of expansion teams from New Jersey and three long-time franchises from New York.

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PDL 2008 season details announced
Alignment and competition structure set for next season
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced Thursday details for the 2008 USL Premier Development League season, which will see an increase in divisions and playoff teams in the upcoming campaign. Among the details finalized recently at the 2007 Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, FL were the alignment, schedule and playoff details for the 2008 competition.
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