OC, Newark share point after 1-1 draw

Ortiz scores equalizer in 61st minute to save Barons

Ocean City Barons
Starting Lineup
School / Hometown
GK - Dylan Lawrence Lees-McRae / Winterville, NC
DEF - Leon Brown Wheeling Jesuit (’04) / Siparia, Trinidad
DEF - Dale Parker Lees-McRae / Worksop, ENG
DEF - Jimmy Davis LaSalle / Pittsgrove, NJ
DEF - Joe Banks Drexel (’07) / Sicklerville, NJ
MID - Jeremy Ortiz LaSalle (’07) / Mt. Laurel, NJ
MID - Joe Ilett Eckerd College / Maldon, ENG
MID - Adam Williamson Lehigh (’05) / Ocean City, NJ
MID - Adam Sternberger Rutgers (’08) / Mays Landing, NJ
MID - Ryan Richter LaSalle / Southampton, PA
FWD - Byron Carmichael Marshall (’03) / Lumberton, NJ
Substitutes
Brad Franks Elon University / Medford, NJ
Lee Squires Lees-McRae / Sheffield, ENG
Steve Miller Colgate / Ivyland, PA
Scoring Summary
30th (NEWARK) Chris Karcz (Jerrod Laventure)
61st (OCEAN CITY) Jeremy Ortiz (Unassiated)
Game Stats  

 

OCEAN CITY

NEWARK

Shots On Goal

9

8

Saves

2

4

Fouls

9

12

Offsides

4

3

Corners

2

4

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.

"I thought we played really well, but we just couldn’t find the back of the net tonight," said Barons head coach Mike Pellegrino. "Hopefully we can build on this as we approach the last five games."

 
Adam Sternberger nearly gave the Barons the early lead when he found himself with an open net 20 minutes into the match, but Express defender Kyle Grato blocked the shot.

Ten minutes later, Karcz would score for the second straight game against his former club, when Jerrod Laventure crossed the ball to him from the wing. Karcz scores his fourth goal of the year, and along with Laventure, the pair of former New York Red Bulls players have scored 11 of the team’s 19 goals this year.

The Express would go into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead, but Jeremy Ortiz would strike in the 61st minute after a flurry of action in front of the Newark goal. The scramble in front saw a pair of shots blocked and cleared off the line, but finally Ortiz buried a shot from close range to tie the game at 1-1.

Even after a couple of offensive-minded substitutions, the Barons were unable to find a winner. Newark nearly stole all three points in the dying minutes when Karcz found space for a shot that went just wide of the post in stoppage time.

The Barons have five games remaining and with so many teams aiming for only two available playoff spots, their room for error is minimal. Luckily for them, four of their last five games are at home in Ocean City.
Their next game is Sunday, June 29 against the Westchester Flames at the Beach House. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available online through the City of Ocean City’s website. Mama Mia’s will be on hand to serve great food for Sunday’s game, but any fans unable to make it down to the boardwalk can listen to an online radio broadcast, beginning shortly before kick-off.
PDL Northeast Division

Games
Remaining

Brooklyn 6-2-2 (20 pts.)

6

Long Island 5-1-4 (19 pts.)

6

OCEAN CITY 4-2-5 (17 pts.)

5

Newark 4-2-5 (17 pts.)

5

Westchester 5-2-1 (16 pts.)

8

Eastern Conference
Wild Card

Games
Remaining

Long Island 5-1-4 (19 pts.)

6

Fredericksburg 6-3-0 (18 pts.)

7

OCEAN CITY 4-2-5 (17 pts.)

5

Newark 4-2-5 (17 pts.)

5

Westchester 5-2-1 (16 pts.)

8

Field