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Barons defeat Cape Cod in playoffs rematch
Carmichael now tied for most goals in Barons history
In the first of two straight road games, the Ocean City Barons (3-0-2) remained unbeaten with a 2-1 road victory over the Cape Cod Crusaders on Saturday night. The win snaps a three-game losing streak to the Crusaders, including last year’s playoff game, and was the Barons’ first win at Cape Cod since May 22, 2004. Byron Carmichael (Marshall / Lumberton, NJ) and Joe Banks (Drexel / Sicklerville, NJ) were the goalscorers for the visitors, and by assisting on Carmichael’s goal, Steve Miller (Colgate / Ivyland, PA) extended his point streak to four games.

The game was a rematch of the 2007 Eastern Conference semifinals, in which the Crusaders won 5-0. Carmichael was one of two Barons sent off in the opening 23 minutes of the match. However, he made amends by scoring his first goal of the season in the second half of Saturday’s match.

Carmichael’s first goal of the season was his 36th in his five years with the club, tying Ruben Mingo as the Barons’ all-time leading goalscorer.

Starting Lineup School / Hometown
GK - Tunde Ogunbiyi New Hampshire / Gwynedd, PA
DEF - Joe Banks Drexel (’07) / Sicklerville, NJ
DEF - Connor Gorman West Virginia / Phila, PA
DEF - John Fletcher Eckerd College / Uxbridge, ENG
DEF - Tyler Bellamy St. Bonaventure / Hammonton, NJ
MID - Nick Sih Duke / Horsham, PA
MID - Joe Ilett Eckerd College / Maldon, ENG
MID - Adam Williamson Lehigh (’05) / Ocean City, NJ
FWD - Adam Sternberger Rutgers (’08) / Mays Landing, NJ
FWD - Steve Miller Colgate / Ivyland, PA
FWD - Byron Carmichael Marshall (’03) / Lumberton, NJ
Substitutes
Lee Squires Lees-McRae College / Sheffield, ENG 
Ryan Richter LaSalle / Southampton, PA
Scoring Summary
54th (OCEAN CITY) Byron Carmichael (Steve Miller)
69th (OCEAN CITY) Joe Banks (Adam Williamson)
74th (CAPE COD) Yan Klukowski (Unassisted)
Game Stats  

 

OCEAN CITY

CAPE COD

Shots On Goal

12

13

Saves

12

10

Fouls

17

19

Offsides

1

3

Corners

1

3

After a scoreless first half, the Barons finally broke through in the 54th minute with an impressive individual effort by their leading scorer. Miller made a run to the touch line on the left wing, dribbled into the area, past a couple of defenders and crossed the ball to Carmichael in front of the goal. He then controlled the ball with his right, and toed it with his left into the upper corner of the goal. Miller leads the team with five goals and three assists (13 points).

Ocean City Barons
Team Records

Goals scored (career)
Byron Carmichael - 36
Ruben Mingo - 36
Jeremy Ortiz - 16

Assists (career)
Ruben Mingo - 19
Byron Carmichael - 16
Ryan Heins - 13

Points (career)
Ruben Mingo - 91
Byron Carmichael - 88
Jeremy Ortiz - 37


In the 69th minute, the Barons would double their advantage off a free kick. Ocean City native Adam Williamson (Lehigh / Ocean City, NJ) bent a ball into the box from the left wing and found Banks who headed home his second goal in as many games. Banks, who was named to the PDL Team of the Week for his performance last week, now has four career goals.

Five minutes later, the Crusaders’ cut the lead in half thanks to a goal by Yan Klukowski, but the Barons defense, led by Banks and new signing Tyler Bellamy (St. Bonaventure / Hammonton, NJ), held strong to protect the 2-1 lead.

Tunde Ogunbiyi (New Hampshire / Gwynedd, PA), a member of the Nigerian Olympic Team that will compete in Beijing this summer, made a strong debut in goal with 12 saves for Ocean City. Ogunbiyi recently joined the club from New Hampshire University where he was finishing up the spring semester.

"He made some really miraculous saves tonight," said head coach Mike Pellegrino about his new goalkeeper. "He did a sensational job in his first game at this level."

On short rest, the Barons will travel to East Providence, Rhode Island tomorrow to take on the Stingrays at 5:00 p.m. A win on Sunday will give Ocean City sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division.