Orlando City Lions Down Hammerheads 4-1

By  //  May 26, 2013

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Dwyer Ties League Scoring Record

Dom Dwyer powers past a Wilmington defender on his way to a single season scoring record (Image Credit: Michael Moore II)

Dom Dwyer powers past a Wilmington defender on his way to a single season scoring record.

IMAGES BY MICHAEL MOORE II

CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – Orlando City SC (8-1-2, 26 points) defeated the visiting Wilmington Hammerheads (2-5-0, 6 points) 4-1 Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Dennis Chin digs in trying to make a turn for Dom Dwyer

Dennis Chin digs in trying to make a turn for Dom Dwyer.

Sporting Kansas City loanee and Forward Dom Dywer tied the USL PRO single season scoring record with a first-half strike, moving him to 13 goals on the year.

“I think we scored good goals this evening and played well in pockets,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “But I thought we were too loose in possession and our desire to keep a clean sheet was poor. It might sound blasé because we won 4-1 but I know we can always play better.”

Orlando took to their possession-oriented style of play at the game’s start, feeding multiple attacks by the Lions’ frontline that nearly resulted in early goals. The first chance for Orlando came from Midfielder Kevin Molino in the 10th minute, whose shot was parried by Wilmington Goalkeeper Troy Hernandez into the path of league-leading scorer Dom Dwyer. Dwyer, who came into the game having scored an already franchise-record 12 goals, had his low-liner go just wide of the post and out of play.

DOM DWYER ROCKETS SHOT INTO TOP CORNER

Orlando kept pressuring the visiting Wilmington side, with it paying off in the 25th minute.

Jonathan Mendoza reacts to a perceived missed call in the penalty box

Jonathan Mendoza reacts to a perceived missed call in the penalty box.

After a handball was called on Hammerheads Defender Uriah Bentick just outside the box, Midfielder Jamie Watson and Dwyer lined up to take the attempt just outside the 18-yard box. The Cuckfield, England, native proceeded to take the attempt – rocketing his shot into the top corner for the 1-0 advantage. The goal tied Dwyer for most goals scored in USL PRO regular-season history with 13, originally set by Jhonny Artega of FC New York in 2011.

The Lions capitalized one more time before the halftime whistle blew, this time with Watson on the scoring end. A give-and-go from Winger Bryan Burke in the 39th minute inside the 18 found a waiting Watson, who scored- giving Orlando the 2-0 lead going into half.

THE HAMMERHEADS BITE BACK

Six minutes into the second half, Orlando scored their third of the match behind a zinger from Burke.

Fans continue to show support for bringing MLS to Central Florida

Fans continue to show support for bringing MLS to Central Florida.

Midfielder James O’Connor split the Wilmington defense in the 51st minute, finding Burke on the edge of the box. The former Kitsap Puma (PDL) star fired his shot into the roof of the net for the 3-0 lead.

The Hammerheads took a bite into the Orlando lead in the 69th minute, with Midfielder Paul Nicholson converting a deflection past Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo to cut the deficit to two. Orlando responded just before the end of the match, with a goal from Rob Valentino giving the Lions a comfortable 4-1 advantage.

THE LIONS ENTER INTO THE THIRD ROUND OF US OPEN CUP

The Lions enter into the third round of the US Open Cup, in Orlando, Fla., against Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Colorado Rapids at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

The Space Coast Alliance shows support to their team during Saturday night's 4-1 win over Wilmington

The Space Coast Alliance shows support to their team during Saturday night’s 4-1 win over Wilmington.

Tuesday’s game marks the first time Orlando has hosted an MLS team at home in the knockout tournament, with the Lions traveling to opponent’s venues in the third round of the past two seasons. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath exchanges a pregame handshake with Wilmington Head Coach David Irving.

Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath exchanges a pregame handshake with Wilmington Head Coach David Irving.

ABOUT ORLANDO CITY SOCCER CLUB

Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is a premier professional soccer sports franchise in the United States and is a member of the USL PRO. The Lion’s pro team has won two regular season titles and one postseason championship during their short time in Orlando. Outside of the pro squad, OCSC also has their own youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U23s team that participates in the PDL.

For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit  [sws_custom_underline_hyperlinks link_type=”http://” link=”www.orlandocitysoccer.com” link_name=”OrlandoCityCoccer.com” line=”none” border_width=”1″ space=”0″ text_color=”” line_color=”” bkgcolor=”” hover=”hover1″] [/sws_custom_underline_hyperlinks]  and [sws_custom_underline_hyperlinks link_type=”http://” link=”www.orlandocityyouth.org” link_name=”OrlandoCityYouth.org” line=”none” border_width=”1″ space=”0″ text_color=”” line_color=”” bkgcolor=”” hover=”hover1″] [/sws_custom_underline_hyperlinks]


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