Barons Hand Newark Worst Loss in Franchise History
The Express are searching for answers after a loss today
Newark, N.J. (Sunday, May 31, 2009) – The Newark Ironbound Express (4-4-0) hit a wall in the second half of a 7-1 walloping by the Ocean City Barons (4-0-1) today at Lubetkin Field, leaving the Express at a crawl as the midway point of their season arrives. The loss was the worst in franchise history and is the third game dropped at home by Newark this year after going unbeaten at NJIT in 2008.
This game was highly contested from the opening whistle, and early indications were that fans were in store for a fantastic game. The Express came close to breaking an early standstill on a few occasions but were unable to hit a go-ahead notch. Ocean City would finally open the scoring in the waning minutes of the first half when forward Byron Carmichael scored a solo strike in the 44th minute. The 1-0 tally would stand when the two clubs broke for intermission.
Newark started the second half in heavy pursuit of an equalizer, but Baron substitute Ryan Richter stretched the gap to 2-0 in the 53rd minute. After acquiring the 2-0 lead, it was off to the races for Ocean City, and the rout was on. They would eventually find the back of the net seven times with five goals coming from the bench. The lone knock for the Express was off a beautiful chip by defender Oral Bullen.
While Newark may be stumbling into the second half of the season, they have a talented roster that could go on a run if the team buckles down and focuses on playing better soccer. They will have their first opportunity to get things right this Tuesday when they host the New Jersey Rangers at Lubetkin Field. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.
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