Orlando City SC Secures Draw Against Rochester to Remain at the Top of the League
Defender Luke Boden provided the equalizer for the Lions midway through the second half
Orlando City SC (6-0-3, 21 points) secured a crucial 1-1 draw against the Rochester Rhinos (2-1-4, 10 points) at Sahlen Stadium on Saturday night. After going down late in the first half, Defender Luke Boden provided the equalizer midway through the second half.
Heading into the match against Rochester, Head Coach Adrian Heath had to utilize his roster with the Lions playing exactly 24 hours earlier in. Prior to the two-game road trip, the English manager expressed his unhappiness with playing back-to-back to matches but stated that securing at least four points would suffice.
After coming away with a 3-1 win in Pennsylvania last night, City lacked imagination in the first half and seemed to be playing for a draw. Rochester would make things difficult for the Lions when they went ahead late in the first half.
Rochester took the lead in the 34th minute when J.C. Banks cut inside and whipped a ball into the box for Tyler Rosenlund, who nodded it to the back-post leaving Carl Woszczynski with no chance.
Rochester Goalkeeper John McCarthy’s first save of the night came in the 54th minute, when Sporting Kansas City loanee Mikey Lopez got onto the end of a cross from Corey Hertzog. The midfielder was unmarked at the back-post but struggled to put much on his header and McCarthy was able to make a comfortable save.
After struggling to create many clear-cut chances in the first half, Orlando looked much sharper in the opening portion of the second half and would eventually breakthrough in the 62nd minute.
Defender Luke Boden pounced on the ball after a poor clearance from the Rhinos defense and tucked away his second goal of the season.
Heath made a few attacking changes to push for a winning goal, but Boden’s finish would prove to be the final goal of the match, resulting in a 1-1 draw.
City will now return back to Orlando to begin preparing for its second round Lamar Hunt Open Cup match against Premier Development League (PDL) side Ocala Stampede on Wednesday, May 14, at Seminole Soccer Complex.
The Lions will return back to league play when they travel west to take on Arizona United SC on Saturday, May 17.
For more information, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com.
Orlando City SC Match Recap:
Team 1 2 Final
Orlando City SC 0 1 1
Rochester Rhinos 1 0 1
ROC- Tyler Rosenlund (J.C. Banks) 34’
ORL- Luke Boden (unassisted) 62’
Orlando City SC- GK Carl Woszcynski, D Bitielo Jean-Jacques (Tyler Turner 31’), Justin Clark, Brad Rusin, Luke Boden, M Aodhan Quinn, James O’Connor (Yordany Alvarez 80’), Adama Mbengue (Kevin Molino 46’), Mikey Lopez, Brian Span (Dennis Chin 75’) F Corey Hertzog
Rochester Rhinos- GK John McCarthy, D Kyle Hoffer, Onua Obasi, Pat McMahon, Tony Walls, M Tyler Rosenlund, Lance Rozeboom, Alex Sundly, F Alex Dixon, J.C. Banks, Johnny Mendoza
ORL- Tyler Turner (unassisted) 64’
About Orlando City Soccer Club:
Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. The club will begin play in MLS in 2015, becoming the league’s 21st club. The Lions’ first team has won two USL PRO regular season titles and two postseason championships and will continue play in USL PRO in 2014 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Outside of the first squad, OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com and www.OrlandoCityYouth.org.
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