Barons' 2009 season was one to remember
Young team adds to club's winning tradition with Open Cup, playoff upsets along with a brave performance vs. D.C. United

From left to right, top scorer Byron Carmichael, head coach Neil Holloway, minutes leader Rory McCrea, All-Conference goalkeeper Tunde Ogunbiyi, All-American J.T. Noone, captain Joe Banks.
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Soccer fans who would look at the Ocean City Barons’ 9-4-3 regular season record at face value might not understand just how special the 2009 season was. Winning nine games is nothing new to the Ocean City franchise. They have reached the nine-win mark (or more) five of their seven years in the Premier Development League (PDL), but it was their four combined wins in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the PDL playoffs that set the 2009 campaign apart from all the others, including the undefeated 2004 season.

Unsung hero Rory McCrea named Barons' 2009 MVP
Byron Carmichael and Tunde Ogunbiyi voted as the top offensive and defensive player

Rory McCrea, pictured here in an Open Cup match vs. Real Maryland, played in every single game for the Barons this year, leading the team in minutes played. Photo: Bill Pellegrino
The Ocean City Barons have announced their team award winners for the 2009 season. Midfielder Rory McCrea (Hofstra / Leeds, England) has been named the most valuable player with Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) and Tunde Ogunbiyi (Boston College / Gwynedd, PA) voted as the offensive and defensive MVPs respectively. The awards were voted on by coaches, team officials and the players themselves.

"Since this was such a tight nit group, we asked the players to vote on the team MVP," said head coach Neil Holloway. "We also included the coaches’ point of view and the front office staff, so we had a true overall perspective for this year’s awards.

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Once again, the Ocean City Barons received a tremendous amount of coverage from NBC40 this past season and thanks to the folks at, the club was able to share that coverage with Barons fans everywhere. Click continue to see all the action, like the highlights from the Barons’ US Open Cup match against DC United (below)


Barons' playoff run ends, 3-0 to Chicago Fire
Ocean City's greatest season ever comes to a close in Iowa


Ocean City 0:3 Chicago

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The Ocean City Barons fell behind early and were unable to recover, losing 3-0 to the Chicago Fire on Friday night in the PDL Quarterfinals. The loss puts an end to the greatest season in franchise history, which included a run to the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and two upset wins in the PDL Playoffs.

Mark Blades, Freddie Braun and Chris Gutshaw were the goalscorers for Chicago, who move on to the League Semifinals on Saturday where they will face the underdog Cary Clarets, who upset the host Des Moines Menace 1-0. For Chicago, this is only their second appearance in the Final Four, and their first since 2001 when they lost in the championship game.

Tunde Ogunbiyi named to PDL All-Conference Team
Boston College keeper ranked third in the PDL in goals against average, fourth in shutouts

Tunde Ogunbiyi makes a save against D.C. United in US Open Cup play. Photo by Bill Pellegrino
Ocean City Barons goalkeeper Tunde Ogunbiyi was named to the Premier Development League’s All-Conference Team, becoming the first Baron to win post-season honors since the 2006 season. Ogunbiyi, in his second season with the club, was 5-4-2 in 11 games played and ranked third in the PDL in goals against average (0.76) and second in goals allowed (8). The Gwynedd, PA native also earned five shutouts, three of them coming in his first three starts of the season, that were crucial to the Barons qualifying for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. His goals against average and shutout totals are the second-best single-season total in Barons history.

Barons hand Ottawa first loss of season, advance to Elite Eight with 2-1 extra time win
Tyler Bellamy scores game-winner in 98th minute, Barons to face Chicago Fire (PDL) next weekend in Des Moines, Iowa


Ocean City Barons 2:1(aet) Ottawa Fury
Algonquin College Soccer Complex - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Scoring Summary

7th - Liam Maloney
60th - JT Noone (William Swetra)
98th - Tyler Bellamy

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The Ocean City Barons advanced to the PDL Elite Eight with a 2-1 extra time win over the previous unbeaten Ottawa Fury in the PDL Northeast Division Final.

Tyler Bellamy’s ’karate kick’ goal in the 98th minute propelled the Barons to the Quarterfinals where they will face PDL’s Chicago Fire on Friday night in Des Moines, Iowa. The winner will play against the winner of the host Des Moines Menace and the Cary Clarets.


Barons beat Long Island, first playoff win since '04
J.T. Noone's two assists, Tunde Ogunbiyi's six saves send Ocean City to Ottawa on Saturday at 7 p.m. to face unbeaten Fury

Ocean City 2:0 Long Island
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Scoring Summary
23rd - Byron Carmichael (JT Noone)
73rd - Rory McCrea (JT Noone)
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For the first time since the 2004 season, the Ocean City Barons have won a PDL playoff game, eliminating the Long Island Rough Riders 2-0 on Wednesday night at St. Anthony’s High School in Melville, NY. The victory snaps a three-game playoff losing streak for the Barons, who have enjoyed much regular season and Open Cup success over the years, but have historically fallen short in the playoffs.

J.T. Noone (Temple / Harrisburg, PA) assisted on both Ocean City goals by Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) and Rory McCrea (Hofstra / Leeds, England). The goal by McCrea was his first as a member of the Barons, while Tunde Ogunbiyi (Boston College / Gwynedd, PA ) earned the shutout by making six saves in his first career PDL playoff game.

Barons are playoff bound after 3-0 win against New Jersey on final day of the season
Ocean City begin playoff run on Wednesday at Long Island with the winner traveling to unbeaten Ottawa on Saturday

The Ocean City Barons, needing a win to clinch a spot in the post-season, defeated the New Jersey Rangers 3-0 in their final regular season game at Carey Stadium. However, based on the Ottawa Fury’s 2-0 win over the Brooklyn Knights earlier in the evening, the Barons were already in the playoffs before tonight’s game even kicked off, taking some of the pressure off the evening’s proceedings.

Ocean City qualifies for the playoffs for the fourth time in the last six years and will try to improve on their 1-3 playoff record during that span. They will begin their run at the PDL championship game (which will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel August 8) on Wednesday when they will hit the road to play the Long Island Rough Riders (12-2-2). The winner of that game will travel to Ottawa to take on the undefeated Fury (12-0-4) for the right to advance to the PDL Elite Eight. (VIDEO HIGLIGHTS AFTER THE JUMP)

Ocean City lose 3-1 at Brooklyn setting up dramatic season finale on Sunday
Ryan Richter scores fifth goal of the season, but Knights too much for shorthanded Barons

The Ocean City Barons dropped a 3-1 decision to the Brooklyn Knights on Wednesday night at the Metropolitan Oval to create a dramatic final day of the PDL season. On Sunday, the Barons (8-4-3) host the New Jersey Rangers (2-11-2) at Carey Stadium and can clinch a playoff spot with a win or a tie. The only way the Knights (7-5-3) can overtake Ocean City is if the Rangers upset the Barons and Brooklyn can travel north to Ottawa and hand the unbeaten Fury their first loss of the season.

Barons on brink of playoffs after scoreless draw
Ocean City leads Brooklyn by six points with two games to go - will play at Brooklyn on Wednesday night

Needing just a win to qualify for the PDL playoffs, the Ocean City Barons (8-3-3) only managed a scoreless draw against the New Hampshire Phantoms (2-8-3) on Saturday night at Carey Stadium. The Brooklyn Knights (6-5-3), who are the only team who can catch Ocean City in the battle for the third and final playoff spot, lost 1-0 earlier in the evening to the Westchester Flames. With the Barons’ draw, combined with the Knights’ loss, the Barons are six points ahead of Brooklyn with two games remaining in the 2009 campaign.

Byron Carmichael scores 50th career goal in 3-2 win at New Jersey Rangers
Unbeaten streak reaches four games as Barons continue to fight for third and final playoff spot

Ocean City 3:2 New Jersey
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The Ocean City Barons extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Rangers on Tuesday night. Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) scored two goals including a 60th minute game-winner at Morris Catholic High School in Denville, NJ. The goals were the 49th and 50th of his Barons career, giving him a team-high nine goals in 13 league matches in 2009 (11 goals in all competitions).  

J.T. Noone (Temple / Harrisburg, PA) scored a goal and assisted on Carmichael’s first goal, while William Swetra assisted on the game-winning to give him a team-high five assists on the season.

Tired Barons draw 1-1 with second place Ottawa
Ocean City extend unbeaten streak to three while Fury remain unbeaten with four games left in the season
Ocean City 1:1 Ottawa
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With the club’s fourth game in eight days, a tired Ocean City Barons team earned a 1-1 draw against the undefeated Ottawa Fury in a Fourth of July matchup at Carey Stadium. The draw extends the Barons’ current unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1), while the Fury continue their quest to complete a rare undefeated season in the PDL. (NBC40 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AFTER THE JUMP)

Byron Carmichael's first career hat trick leads Barons to 5-1 win over Newark
17-year old Junior Chapman scores first career PDL goal, Jordan Bar makes Barons goalkeeping history

The Ocean City Barons’ all-time leading scorer Byron Carmichael notched his first career hat trick in only 35 minutes of work on Thursday night, leading the club to a 5-1 victory over the Newark Ironbound Express (6-8-1). The Lumberton, NJ native scored goals number 45, 46 and 47 of his Barons career, but has never scored three goals in a single game, much less a single half. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NBC40 AFTER THE JUMP)

Barons' brave performance not enough, fall 2-0 to D.C. United in U.S. Open Cup
Hundreds of fans make the trip to watch underdog Barons put a scare into one of MLS' best teams
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Ocean City 0:2 D.C. United

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The Ocean City Barons have been eliminated from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after they fell to D.C. United, 2-0, on Tuesday evening at the Maryland Soccerplex. The Barons held the game scoreless until the 74th minute when a Christian Gomez penalty kick forced Ocean City to throw the kitchen sink forward looking for an equalizer, but they were unable to tie the game. United would add a late stoppage time goal to put the game away and end the Cup run of the tournament’s last remaining amateur club.

Many of the more than 2,000 fans in attendance, many of them Barons fans who traveled down to the game, expected the defending Open Cup champions would have more possession, increasing their opportunities for goals, but numerous players stepped up on the Barons’ defensive end to keep the game level going into the halftime break. (PLENTY OF VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AFTER THE JUMP!)

Barons get back to winning, 2-1 over Rhode Island
Focus shifts to Tuesday's Open Cup showdown with D.C. United with three buses full of fans ready to cheer on the Men In Red

Needing a win to build some momentum ahead of their upcoming U.S. Open Cup match, the Ocean City Barons (6-3-1) earned a 2-1 victory over the Rhode Island Stingrays (3-6-2) at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex on Saturday night. Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) and Ryan Richter (LaSalle / Southampton, PA) each scored for Ocean City, while Barons goalkeeper Jordan Bar (Fairfield / Centerville, MA) made five saves to earn his first PDL win in. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AFTER THE JUMP)

Barons grounded in Long Island, lose second straight
Ocean City coach blames loss of focus on upcoming Open Cup game, hopes to rebound this Saturday at home vs. Rhode Island

The Ocean City Barons dropped their second straight rain-soaked league match with a 1-0 loss at the Long Island Rough Riders on Tuesday night at St. Anthony’s High School. After an early goal by Adam Himeno, the Barons controlled the game, but were unable to find an equalizer. The loss drops the team’s record to 5-3-1, keeping them in third place in the Northeast Division.

Barons drop rain-soaked match against Brooklyn
Banks, Carmichael both break record for career minutes played

In their first game played away from Carey Stadium since the club moved to Ocean City in 2005, the Ocean City Barons were defeated by the Brooklyn Knights on Saturday evening 2-1 at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex. Kyle Miller (Holy Cross / Woodbury, NJ) scored the lone goal for the Barons in the second half, but Brooklyn answered with a pair of goals to hand the Barons their second defeat of the campaign.

Barons earn three valuable points at Westchester
Joe Banks wins it with a diving header as Ocean City prepares for Open Cup showdown on Tuesday

The momentum from their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory on Wednesday must have carried over into the weekend as the Ocean City Barons earned an important road victory over the Westchester Flames, 1-0. Team captain and starting center back Joe Banks (Drexel / Sicklerville, NJ) scored the lone goal for the Barons on a diving header in the 25th minute on a free kick from William Swetra (James Madison / Egg Harbor, NJ). Barons goalkeeper John Fogarty (Villanova / Marmora, NJ) got his second career shutout in his second career start.

Barons flying high after another Open Cup upset
Ocean City's 'biggest win' nets them a game against Major League Soccer's D.C. United in the Third Round on June 30

Barons celebrate after upsetting Real Maryland | Photo: Bill Pellegrino
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The Ocean City Barons pulled off the biggest win in franchise history with a dramatic 1-0 victory over Real Maryland on Tuesday night in the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

J.T. Noone
(Temple / Harrisburg, PA) converted a penalty kick in the second period of extra time to give the Barons their second straight win over a professional opponent in the 95-year old tournament. Ocean City becomes only the sixth amateur team to ever upset back-to-back professional clubs.

The Barons, made up mostly of college players,  will travel to the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, MD on June 30 to face D.C. United of Major League Soccer. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

"This is undoubtadly, the biggest win and the biggest occasion in Barons history to date," said head coach Neil Holloway. "Beating two professional teams and then to move on to play one of the most famous clubs in the country in D.C. United, it’s really just incredible." (SEE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AFTER THE JUMP)

Barons suffer first loss of 2009 at Ottawa
Ocean City returns home for Open Cup showdown on Tuesday

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The Ocean City Barons have tasted defeat in 2009 after a trip to Canada’s capital city. In front of a small but hostile crowd for their home opener, the Ottawa Fury (3-0-0) defeated the Barons 2-0 on Friday night to drop Ocean City to 4-1-1. Ocean City remains in second place in the Northeast Division.

The loss snapped a six-game unbeaten streak for the Men In Red dating back to last season, and keeps the Barons winless in two trips to Ottawa (Last meeting at Ottawa, OC lost 2-1 on July 10, 2005).

Barons route Newark 7-1, remain unbeaten
Ryan Richter, Kyle Miller each score 2 in Barons' first win vs. Newark Ironbound Express

Last year, the Ocean City Barons had three opportunities to beat the expansion Newark Ironbound Express, and failed all three times with a pair of 1-1 draws and a 4-0 loss.

2009’s first match between the two clubs went decidedly different as the Barons traveled to Newark and dominated the Express 7-1 to remain unbeaten at 4-0-1. With the victory, Ocean City leapfrogs Newark into second place in the Northeast Division, two points behind first place Long Island, who has played one more game.

Barons GK named to PDL Team of the Week
Tunde Ogunbiyi's pair of road shutouts over the weekend earn him the honor

Ocean City Barons goalkeeper Tunde Ogunbiyi (Boston College / Gwynedd, PA)was named to the Premier Development League Team of the Week for the week ending Sunday, May 24. The Nigerian youth international, who has yet to allow a goal in three matches in 2009, continued his shutout streak with clean sheets on the road at the New Hampshire Phantoms last Friday and at the Rhode Island Stingrays on Saturday.

Byron Carmichael leads Barons to another Open Cup upset of Crystal Palace Baltimore 3-0
Barons to host Real Maryland, Tuesday at 7 pm - winner plays DC United

For the second time in three years, the Ocean City Barons have pulled off an upset in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at the expense of the USL Second Division’s Crystal Palace Baltimore. The Barons used a pair of first half goals from Byron Carmichael and a J.T. Noone tally late in the game to eliminate the professional side. Byron Carmichael was named Player of the Round. (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Barons sweep weekend trip, qualifies for Open Cup
Ocean City defeats New Hampshire on Friday, Rhode Island on Saturday to earn fifth trip to the tournament

With a 3-0 win over the Rhode Island Stingrays on Saturday night, the Ocean City Barons (3-0-1) have clinched a spot in the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The club returns to the tournament for the first time since 2007, when the Barons pulled off an upset over USL Second Division side Crystal Palace Baltimore in the first round. This will be the club’s fourth Open Cup appearance in the last six years and the fifth in franchise history. Ocean City’s four Open Cup appearances as a member of the Premier Development League are tied with the Des Moines Menace for the second most by any franchise in the history of the PDL.

Barons knock off Rough Riders, 2-0
Ocean City two wins away from U.S. Open Cup

Tunde Ogunbiyi made seven saves to earn a shutout in his 2009 Barons debut
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The Ocean City Barons defeated the Long Island Rough Riders 2-0 at Carey Stadium on Sunday night to put themselves in the driver’s seat for a berth in the 2009 U.S. Open Cup. Steve Miller and Karl Reddick scored for the Barons and Tunde Ogunbiyi made seven sav
es to earn a clean sheet in his 2009 debut.

It was a crucial game for both clubs, a paramount example of the what Open Cup qualifying brings to the early part of the PDL season. A win by Long Island (2-1-0) on Sunday night would have clinched them a spot in the Open Cup, but with Ocean City picking up the three points, the Barons (1-0-1) are now two road wins away (at New Hampshire and at Rhode Island next weekend) from a spot in the tournament.


Weather-shortened home opener finishes 1-1
First abandoned game in 5 seasons at Carey Stadium

Eastern Conference U.S. Open Cup qualifying standings
Since the Barons moved to Ocean City in 2005, there has rarely been an unpleasant home game at Carey Stadium. Aside from an occasional splash of rain and some wind, there hasn’t been much to complain about. That is, until Saturday’s home opener against the Westchester Flames. Heavy rain, thunder and lightning created poor field conditions, causing the first abandoned game at Carey Stadium in Barons history.

All-American J.T. Noone joins optimistic Ocean City Barons for 2009 PDL season
Barons open 13th season on Saturday, May 9 at Carey Stadium

OCEAN CITY, NJ (May 6, 2009) - The Ocean City Barons open their 13th season with a familiar face returning to the sidelines and a new crop of young talent. Ten players will return from last year’s team include the club’s all-time leading scorer, Byron Carmichael. The rest of the roster features South Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania players, including the club’s first Division I All-American in Temple’s J.T. Noone.

Barons unveil 2009 PDL schedule
The club's 13th season opens on May 9 at Carey Stadium against the Westchester Flames

The Ocean City Barons will open their 13th season in the United Soccer Leagues at Carey Stadium on May 9 when they welcome the Westchester Flames. For the fifth year in a row, the Barons will play 8 of the 16 regular season games at "The Beach House", where they are 20-6-6 since moving there in 2005.