Barons, Admirals kickoff holiday weekend

Ocean City will try to find their form at home

The Ocean City Barons (0-1-2) will launch Memorial Day weekend with a game against the Albany Admirals (0-2-0) at Carey Stadium on Friday night. Both teams will be searching for their first win of the 2006 season, and the Barons will look to bounce back from a difficult two-game road trip that cost them a third straight trip to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Albany will visit “The Beachhouse” in Ocean City the day after a matchup with the expansion Delaware Dynasty. So far this season, the Admirals have struggled offensively, only scoring a single goal entering their game with the Dynasty.

The Barons will welcome a return home after a weekend where nothing seemed to go right for the men in red. They dominated the run of play against a stingy West Virginia Chaos club, but finished with a scoreless draw. Two days later at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach, they fell 3-0 to the expansion Submariners. To add insult to injury, while returning home, the Barons found themselves stranded on I-95 (50 miles south of Washington D.C.) for seven hours when the team bus broke down.

While the home opening draw against Williamsburg may have been heartbreaking for the club, they still boast a 24-game home unbeaten streak. In order to carry that streak on, the home team will have to find their offensive touch. Ocean City hasn’t scored a goal since Adam Sternberger’s 3rd minute goal in that season opener against the Legacy, a scoreless streak that totals 267 minutes.

The only change to Friday’s roster will be that Ocean City will be without Temple University product Ryan Heins, who received a red card in the club’s match against Virginia Beach.

Even with the slow start, Barons' head coach Neil Holloway is still optimistic.

“I believe we are still one of the best PDL teams in the country. We have a great group of lads, and in a way, although the results do not show right now, we have a stronger squad of players than last year.”

Holloway added, “I am confident that we will come out with all guns blazing in our next home game this Friday against Albany.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Carey Stadium at the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. For stadium, ticket and broadcast information, visit the Barons’ website at www.sjbarons.com.

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