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Nusum's payback goal gives Virginia Beach win

June 25, 2005 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Clarkston, GA - It took only three minutes Saturday for the Virginia Beach Mariners to begin to avenge their 3-0 loss to the Atlanta Silverbacks Friday night. David Castellenos' score plus a payback goal from John Barry Nusum to his former team gave the Mariners the 2-1 win at James Halford Stadium.

The two teams met in Virginia Beach Friday night at 8 p.m. and turned on a dime and met in Atlanta at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Every Mariner player contributed to the victory. The team looked fresh and showed resolve as they went up 1-0 at the 3-minute mark. From a corner kick, Russell Hutchinson sent a header downward and into the path of Castellanos and the forward swivel-kicked the ball from six yards out past Atlanta keeper Joe Barton Atlanta's Fabian Dawkins tied the match before the half.

The Mariners won the match off the foot of Nusum in the 52nd minute when midfielder Tim O'Neill sent in a ball from the right and Nusum blasted a volley home. Nusum had been unable to play the second half of Friday night's match due to illness.

"It was great to see the boys put forward their best effort and they should be congratulated for two tremendous performances in 24 hours," said Mariner Managing Director Michael McCann who was in Atlanta with his team. "We look forward to Wednesday night at the Sportsplex and we will see you all there."

The Mariners will begin their Open Cup quest Wednesday night when they host the Richmond Kickers Future at 7:30 p.m. and Friday night, July 1, the Mariners will host the Puerto Rico Islanders also at 7:30 p.m.

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