BROOKLYN, NY – The club’s first team (1-0-1, 4 points) welcomes the Nor’easters of Ocean City (0-0-0, 0 points) to Poly Prep Country Day School on Saturday, May 18 for an 8:30 p.m. kickoff. The first team drew against the Cedar Stars Rush on Tuesday evening in an even contest during a rainy home opener in Brooklyn. The Nor’Easters come to Poly Prep having played one warmup contest against FC Monmouth of the NPSL in South Jersey on Tuesday evening, that resulted in a 2-0 victory over their opposition. The first team plays their second game of seven at home, that follows a trip to face the then-PDL runner up’s in the Reading United AC.
SCOUTING THE NOR’EASTERS:
Following a 27-point campaign that resulted in a third-place finish just outside of the playoffs, the Nor’easters look to regain their momentum that includes “USL Top 100 Players to Watch” selection Deri Corfe from Wright State University. Corfe, was also named the team’s respective MVP of last season, where he recorded six goals and three assists while playing in all 14 games. The Chester, England native would also have a recorded 23 shots on target. This season, the Nor’easters are led by a trio of keepers beginning with Saint Joseph’s College’s Joseph Boehm, St. John’s University’s Jan Hoffelner, and High Point’s Keegan Meyer. The remainder of the roster rounds out with locals from the New Jersey area that includes St. Joseph’s University’s Ritchie Barry, UPenn’s RC Williams, and Saint Peters’ Marco Torino.
LAST TIME OUT:
Both squads began with possession in each other’s end for the first 15 minutes of play, where no action took place. The first notable action included the LIU Post’s Kyle Parrish try to find Canisus’s Filippo Tamburini on a cross that went inches past the speedy forward just three minutes after possession took place. The attempted cross from Parrish gave the Rush life as they finished the first half outshooting the first team 5-0. Substitutions for the first team included former Tampa Bay Rowdies NPSL forward Karamba Janneh, who scored the second goal against Evergreen on Saturday, along with team veteran Ousman “Robi” Sillah. The first team was able to give Rush’s goalkeeper Jason Dubrovich everything they had, where they shot seven times in a 26-minute span. Two shots made it to the opposing keeper from Alexis Santa and Conor McGlynn that went just wide. The contest ended with three minutes of stoppage time that resulted in each team obtaining a lone point. The first team currently sits in first place in the Mid-Atlantic Division with one point ahead of Reading United AC. This is the first time that the club sits with an undefeated record through two games in the club’s tenure within USL League Two.
The club’s first team returns to action on Saturday, May 25 for a 7 p.m. match against the Reading United AC from John Gurski Stadium in West Lawn, PA. The contest will be viewable on Youtube.com/ReadingUnitedAC.