Nor'easters look to clinch playoff berth in weekend doubleheader at home

Jersey Express game on Sunday will be the first of two "Dog Days of Summer" events at 5 p.m.

The Nor’easters have won four out of their last five games, outscoring their opponents 20-7 in that span.  Jamaican forward, Chevy Walsh is tied for second in the PDL in goals with 12, while Nathan Regis is tied for the league lead with seven assists.

Can the Nor'easters clinch a playoff berth this weekend?

UPDATE: Join us for Sunday's huge game against the Jersey Express at 5 p.m. for our first of two "Dog Days of Summer with the Ocean City Nor'easters." Dogs and their human friends are welcome at the match at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex.

Also, anyone who brings donations of food, toys, and other animal needs will receive $2 off their ticket upon entrance to the game. Fans will get a chance to meet the dogs up for adoption before kickoff and during halftime. For more information about the Humane Society of Ocean City please visit www.hsocnj.org.


The Nor’easters are set to host a weekend doubleheader with major playoff implications. The first of the two matches takes place on Friday, July 8, against the Baltimore Bohemians. Just two days later, the Jersey Express comes to town on Sunday. Both games will be played at 5 p.m. at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex in Ocean City, NJ while The Beach House (Carey Stadium) is still under renovations.

As the season winds down, the playoff race is getting tighter and tighter. For the Nor’easters, it is simple: win both games and they are in. While Reading United are currently at the top of the Mid Atlantic Division, Ocean City are in prime position to get the second playoff spot in the division, and possibly overtake United for first place and a spot in the Eastern Conference championship game.

Although Ocean City cannot clinch a playoff berth on Friday, it is possible that they could do so on Sunday.

If the Nor’easters win on Friday against Baltimore, New York Red Bulls Under-23s and Baltimore will be unable to finish in the top two spots, thus making their playoff chances incredibly slim (If the Mid Atlantic Division winner finishes with the most points of any team in the Eastern Conference, the top 3 teams qualify). The only team aside from Ocean City and Reading who could finish in the top two spots would be the Jersey Express.  It would then only require the Nor’easters to draw or win against the Express on Sunday for Ocean City to officially clinch a playoff spot.

Reading are currently four points ahead of the Nor’easters at the top of the table, having played one extra game.  Their final two games take place this week with an away match on July 13, at Jersey Express and a home match vs Lehigh Valley United Sonic. Reading defeated Jersey 2-1 earlier this season and split a pair of 1-0 games with Lehigh Valley.  Two wins this weekend for the Nor’easters would see them go to the top of the table after playing an extra game.

Ocean City has not faced Baltimore since May 22, in their first PDL match of the 2016 season. The Nor’easters cruised comfortably to a 3-0 win with goals scored by Marcelo Petit, Chevaughn “Chevy” Walsh and Miguel Jaime.

It has also been a long time since the Nor’easters faced the Jersey Express in the second game of the year on May 25.  Ocean City were defeated by a score of 4-2 in a match that saw the Nor’easters finish with ten men on the field.

The Nor’easters have won four out of their last five games, outscoring their opponents 20-7 in that span.  Jamaican forward, Chevy Walsh, who recently moved into the top 10 of the PDL's Top Prospects list, has led the attack in this season. Walsh has scored 12 goals in 11 games, which ranks second in the league and is currently tied for the Ocean City PDL record for most goals in a season (Ruben Mingo, 2004). His attacking partner, Nathan Regis is tied for first in the league with 7 assists on the year as well. Jaime, who is currently No. 4 in the Top Prospects list league-wide, is third on the team in scoring with five goals and three assists (13 points).

MID-ATLANTIC DIVISION
(Entering Sunday, 7/10)
RECORD PTS GAMES LEFT
Reading United 8-3-1 25 2 (at JER on 7/13, vs LVU on 7/17)
OCEAN CITY NOR'EASTERS 7-5-0 21 2 (vs JER on 7/10, vs BAL on 7/17)
Baltimore Bohemians 6-4-2 20 2 (vs LVU on 7/15, at OCN on 7/17)
New York Red Bulls U23s 5-4-4 19 1 (vs. EFC on 7/16)
Jersey Express 5-5-1 16 3 (at OCN on 7/10, vs REA on 7/13, vs EFC on 7/17)
Lehigh Valley United Sonic 3-8-1 10 2 (at BAL on 7/15, at REA on 7/17)
Evergreen FC 2-7-3 9 2 (at NYRB on 7/16, at JER on 7/17)

 

 

 

 

 




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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.

 

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