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PREVIEW: Nor'easters host NPSL's Philadelphia Lone Star FC in Wednesday night friendly

Ocean City defeated Lone Star at the Beach House in the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

PREVIEW: Nor'easters host NPSL's Philadelphia Lone Star FC in Wednesday night friendly

The last time the Ocean City Nor'easters and the Philadelphia Lone Star FC met on the field, it was at Carey Stadium ("The Beach House") back on May 10, 2017. That day, Philadelphia was known as Junior Lone Star FC and the Nor'easters eliminated them from the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, 3-1.

The two teams will meet again on the same field on Wednesday night when the Nor'easters host the newly-renamed Philadelphia Lone Star FC in an exhibition game. 

The Nor'easters are in the midst of a hot streak having just defeated their long-time rival Reading United AC on Sunday, 4-1. It was the 50th all-time meeting between the two clubs and Ocean City's leading scorer Deri Corfe (Wright State / Chester, England) scored a hat trick and Claudio Repetto (Coastal Carolina / Genova, Italy) added another to extend the club's unbeaten streak to six games. Corfe is now tied for the league lead in goals with 12 and Repetto is right behind him, tied for the second-most goals in USL League Two, with eight.

This will be an ideal warm up match for the Storm as they prepare for Sunday's season finale at the Beach House against the Long Island Rough Riders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last year, Philadelphia was known as Junior Lone Star and finished with an 8-2-0 record in the Keystone Conference and qualified for the postseason. This year, their record isn't as impressive but they were able to punch their ticket to the NPSL playoffs. With a 5-3-2 record, they qualified for the Keystone Division playoffs, but lost their opening round game to FC Motown, 2-0.

When the Nor'easters met the Lone Stars in the 2017 US Open Cup, Ocean City scored a pair of goals from Fredlin "Fredinho" Mompremier and Tyler Collishaw in the first 11 minutes. Kouassi NGuessene would cut the lead in half in the 62nd minute, but Akeil Barrett put the game away with an 84th minute goal on Ignacio Tellechea's second assist of the game. It was the Ocean City's 10th tournament win in club history. The Nor'easters currently have 11 tournament wins, which ranks third among all Open Division teams in the Modern Era (1995-present).

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