OCB Falls 3-1 to FC Cincinnati in Heavy Rain
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Following a weather delay of over two hours, Orlando City B (2-5-1, 7 points) fell 3-1 to FC Cincinnati (4-2-1, 13 points). Bryan Róchez scored the lone OCB goal in the 52nd minute.
"I'm disappointed because I didn't think we deserved to lose the game to be honest, I thought a draw probably would've been the fair result on the balance of play," OCB Head Coach Anthony Pulis said. "I thought they had some good opportunities and I thought we played some good stuff. I said to the guys at halftime, 'the only way we are concede a goal tonight is from us making a mistake,' and unfortunately, if you defend the way we defended in the second half, you are going to lose games of football. Individual errors have cost us dear tonight."
Former University of Central Florida attacker Hadji Barry created the goal when he dribbled in from the right wing and was taken down in the box for a penalty kick. Róchez lined up to take the penalty kick, sending FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt the wrong direction. It was the Honduran's second goal of the season.
FC Cincinnati responded just five minutes later when Kenny Walker blasted a shot from 25 yards to tie the game. Cincinnati extended their lead in the 78th minute when Sean Okoli scored a penalty kick. OCB goalkeeper Mark Ridgers was forced to make a tackle in the box and earned a straight red card in the 76th minute. Pulis exchanged Róchez for goalkeeper Jake Fenlason, who made his first appearance for OCB, in the 77th minute. Cincinnati extended their lead in the final seconds of the match when recently substituted Eric Stevenson drove home a shot.
It was an eventful second half that followed a scoreless first half. Marius Obekop created several chances in the first half. He took a strong left-footed strike in the 25th minute and again in the 36th. OCB's best opportunity of the half came in the 42nd minute when Mikey Ambrose worked the ball up to Hadji Barry on the left wing. Barry worked off two defenders and crossed to Obekop, who was unmarked outside the box, but Obekop's shot was blocked on its way to goal.
The solid play of goalkeeper Ridgers kept the score level in the first half. The Scott made several saves, including a diving save in the 21st minute on a right-footed shot from the edge of the box. Ridgers was called into action again in the 45th minute when a lofting cross threatened the goal, forcing the 25-year-old goalkeeper to punch it away.
OCB returns to action on Saturday, May 7, at Titan Soccer Complex to host Bethlehem Steel FC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY. Follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via Facebook, Twitter,Instagram and YouTube.
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