Barons aim for third straight against the Knights
The Ocean City Barons will travel to New York once more this week, this time to the Metropolitan Oval in Brooklyn, NY to take on the Knights on Wednesday night. The Knights (1-3-1, 4 pts.) are winless in their first three matches at home, after last weekend's 1-0 loss to the Westchester Flames at The Oval.
Ocean City is 5-1-0 against Brooklyn since they joined the PDL back in 2003. Their only loss was June 11, 2003 when the Barons lost 2-0 at The Oval. The Barons have outscored the Knights in the series 19-5.
The Knights are lead by local product Richard Lesmes, who has scored three of the team's five goals this year. All three of those goals (including the game-winner in the 90th minute) came in the team's lone win, a 3-2 road triumph against the Richmond Kickers Future.
After starting the season winless in their first three matches, the Barons will be gunning for their third straight victory. Last weekend's 2-1 road win against the first place Flames moved them within five points of the division leaders with two games in hand.
The Barons have started to find their offensive touch, but from a new source. Ruben Mingo, who has lead the team in scoring three years in a row, has been held scoreless in the early season; and Byron Carmichael, who averages 10 goals per season, scored his first goal against Westchester last weekend. Jeremy Ortiz has been the story for the Men In Red in the early season, scoring three goals in the squad's last two wins over Albany and Westchester.
The Barons will be without player/coach Neil Holloway, who picked up his fifth yellow card in as many matches, and will be serving a one-game suspension. This suspension will only prevent him from playing in the game, and will not affect his ability to manage the club from the sidelines. Dave Daigle, who spent last weekend making his debut roaming the sidelines as the team's acting manager with Holloway and John Thompson both playing on the field, is expected to miss Wednesday's matchup due to injury.
The game is scheduled to kickoff at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night. Fans unable to attend the match in Brooklyn, NY can listen to the live play-by-play online by visiting the Ocean City Barons' website.