Walsh ties record as Nor'easters dominate Red Bulls U-23s to sweep holiday weekend
The Ocean City Nor’easters capped off their Independence Day weekend doubleheader with an exciting 5-1 win over the New York Red Bulls Under-23 team on Sunday in front of an energetic crowd at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex.
The big moment in the match came in the 85th minute when Chevaughn “Chevy” Walsh (Jefferson College / Jamaica) scored his second goal of the game to give him 12 on the season to tie the Nor’easters single-season record.
Walsh put himself into the Nor’easters record books where he joins Ruben Mingo who scored 12 during the 2004 campaign. Mingo's record was set when the PDL played an 18-game schedule and he scored 12 goals in 17 games, while Walsh has needed just 11 games to tie the record. With three games left to play in the regular season, he will have plenty of chances to pass Ruben Mingo altogether and stand alone.
Combined with Friday's 3-1 win over Lehigh Valley United and Sunday's victory over the Red Bulls, the Nor'easters improve to 7-4-0 on the season and move within one point of first place Reading United.
The beginning of the first half saw both teams look for opening chances but both could not find anything significant to succeed on.
It wasn’t until the 43rd minute when the Nor’easters got on the scoreboard when Dakota Peterson (Drexel / Denver, CO) set up a long pass to Nathan Regis (Pfieffer / Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) who crossed the ball in front of the New York goal to Walsh who put it in to give Ocean City a 1-0 advantage. It would be a lead they would take into halftime.
The second half began with the Red Bulls scoring an early goal when Alex Tejera was the winner of a scramble in the box and put the Red Bulls on level terms with Ocean City just 22 seconds into the half.
Soon after play became very physical. Billy Stevens of the Red Bulls received a red card after a hard challenge in the 52nd minute. This led to both teams' coaches and players having a small scuffle but cooler heads prevailed and play resumed with the Red Bulls playing with 10 men.
It did not take long for Ocean City to regain control of the match. In the 54th minute, Andre Morrison (Hartford / Clarendon, Jamaica) was able to head in a rebound after Ryan Howe’s (Loyola Chicago / Rockford, IL) shot hit off the post to make it 2-1.
Four minutes later, Regis got on the scoresheet after receiving a beautiful chip pass from Howe to make the lead 3-1.
In the 61st minute, Regis got his second when he received a pass in the box from Walsh to make it 4-1.
The final goal came from the same combination of Walsh and Regis for the final time. In the 85th minute, Walsh received another great pass from Regis to make the final score 5-1.
“We’re excited, it’s a great result for us,” said Nor’easters head coach Tim Oswald. “As much as the Reading loss hurt us, it helped [motivate] us with the two big wins this weekend.”
Fans took part in a vote on the club’s Twitter account, @OCNoreasters, to name Ryan Howe as the Man of the Match. Howe had two assists in the match.
Goalkeeper, Mike Kirk (La Salle / Mechanicsburg, PA), made his second straight appearance and made three saves over the course of the 90 minutes to earn the win.
The Nor'easters continue their season-ending homestand with the final three games all played at home. Next weekend, they will host the Baltimore Bohemians on Friday, July 8 (5 p.m. kickoff) at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex, followed by another Sunday evening match against the Jersey Express at the same location (5 p.m. kickoff). The regular season finale will take place on Sunday, July 17 against the Bohemians.
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|NEW YORK RED BULLS U23s
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|Lehigh Valley United Sonic
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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.