Last year, Ocean City outscored United 13-1 in pair of league wins
The 2016 PDL season continues on Wednesday, June 1, as the Ocean City Nor’easters make a trip north to take on the Lehigh Valley United Sonic. The Nor’easters are coming off a 3-0 road win over Evergreen FC thanks to a hat trick from Chevaughn “Chevy” Walsh (Jefferson College / Jamaica).
The Nor’easters, on the other hand, have found fortune as of late, especially off the foot of Martim Galvao (Pfeiffer Univ. / Lisbon, Portugal), Raheem Somersall (Appalachian State / Basseterre, St. Kitts) and Nathan Regis (Pfeiffer Univ. / Arima, Trinidad & Tobago). Strong support has also come from PDL Team of the Week selection Daniel Nimmo (Campbellsville / Lithgow, Scotland) as well as Fraser Colmer (Radford / Southampton, England). The win against Evergreen was a much-needed rebound after the Nor’easters suffered their first loss of the campaign, 4-2 at the Jersey Express on May 25.
After two league games, Lehigh Valley are still looking for their first victory. In their last game, the Sonic lost 2-0 to Evergreen FC last Wednesday and enter the tonight's game at the bottom of the Mid-Atlantic Division standings after just a couple weeks of games in the books.
The two clubs have met just twice in history with the Nor'easters winning both meetings last year by a combined score of 13-1. Ocean City won the June 10 matchup at Lehigh Valley 5-1 with Khesanio Hall scoring a pair of goals ot lead the way. Hall would top that performance with a hat trick in the home leg as the Nor'easters had a record-breaking 8-0 win at the Beach House on July 5, 2015. It was the biggest margin of victory in club history (+8) and tied the club record for most goals in a game (8-1 win vs. New Jersey Rangers on May 14, 2008).
The major player to watch in this week's game against the Sonic is Miguel Jaime (FGCU / Denver, Colorado), Miguel has had three goals in two games for the Nor’easters as well as eight shots on goal this season. His dynamic play has allowed for many opportunities on the offensive part of play this season. After a full game Saturday night, goalkeeper Andrew Garcia (St. Francis / Sicklerville, NJ) showed why he’s back with the team for the second consecutive year. His outstanding play and clean sheet has been noticed and we may see him in between the posts for the Nor’easters on Wednesday when they face off against the Sonic.
Kickoff for the match will commence at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night in Whitehall, Pa. in what will be the Nor’easters last road game before the club's home opener on Saturday, June 4. The Nor’easters home opener will be at Carey Stadium on Saturday against rival Reading United AC.
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The Ocean City Nor’easters is a professionally run amateur soccer club with the focus of developing, educating and promoting soccer, health and leadership. Located in Ocean City, New Jersey, “America’s Greatest Family Resort”, the Nor’easters provide quality entertainment to families throughout the Tri-State area and the thousands of visitors every summer.
The Nor’easters organization was established in 1996 and made Carey Stadium, in Ocean City, NJ, its permanent home in 2005. Competing in North America’s top amateur league, the Premier Development League (PDL), the Nor’easters provide the highest level of soccer in Southern New Jersey. The 65-team PDL is the 4th level of soccer in the United States, below the professional leagues; Major League Soccer (MLS), North American Soccer League (NASL) and United Soccer League (USL). As part of the PDL, the Nor’easters’ have the sixth-best overall record since joining the league in 2003 and have upset five professional teams in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, third-most of any amateur team in the country. Ocean City players have the ability to compete during the summer months in a professional environment while maintaining their collegiate eligibility and pursuing their academic goals.