ORLANDO – August 16, 2014 – Despite conceding an early goal, a brilliant free kick in the 8th minute by M Darwin Cerén led Orlando City (16-2-4, 52 points) to an eventual 3-1 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders (8-9-6, 30 points) before a sold-out crowd at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
F Kevin Molino recorded his 15th tally, tying former Lion and current Sporting KC star Dom Dwyer and Jose Angulo of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the USL PRO single season goal scoring record, with six matches remaining.
Tonight’s win extended City’s USL PRO home unbeaten streak to 17 fixtures and – more importantly – secured home field advantage for the Lion’s first 2014 USL PRO playoff match scheduled for September 13. Tickets are available for purchase at www.OrlandoCitySC.com or 855-ORL-CITY.
The action started quickly as Harrisburg’s Robbie Derschang was able to slip a shot past Gallardo for the game’s first goal in the 6th minute. Cerén’s curling delivery from 40 yards away snuck into the far post two minutes later leveling the field. In the 18th minute, Molino and Corey Hertzog developed a crafty 1-2 into the box, where the Trinidadian finished the play by chipping it over the oncoming ‘keeper.
Molino was humble when asked about tying the goal scoring record, “What’s most important for me is the team. If any records come after that, I will accept them but for now I just want to be focused on what we have to do to win the league.”
City created a number of opportunities throughout the game, forcing Islander ‘Keeper Nick Noble to come up with a number of saves. However, as Head Coach Adrian Heath addressed, it was a well deserved win for the Club: “It would have been a travesty if we had not have taken all three points. We created a lot of chances and we played some really good football.
“If there’s one little thing I can pick at,” he added, “It’s the fact that we didn’t take enough of the chances. At 2-1, there’s still a game on. The game is never won. You’re one mistake away from dropping a couple of points but fortunately Darwin got the third one and that saw us through.”
In the 89th minute, Cerén bags a brace after receiving a long pass, splitting two Harrisburg defenders and a diving Noble to secure the match for the Lions.
Orlando City is on the road for their next match, travelling to Charlotte to face the Eagles on August 20.
Team 1 2 Final
Orlando City SC 2 1 3
Harrisburg City Islanders 1 0 1
HAR: Robbie Derschang (Leo Fernandez) 6’
ORL: Darwin Cerén (Unassisted) 8’
ORL: Kevin Molino (Corey Hertzog) 19’
ORL: Darwin Cerén (Unassisted) 89’
Orlando City SC – GK Miguel Gallardo, D Tyler Turner, Brad Rusin, Luke Boden, Rob Valentino, M Darwin Cerén, Harrison Heath (Aodhan Quinn 61), Kevin Molino (Tommy Redding 85), Adama Mbengue (Bitielo Jean Jacques 90), Brian “Cobi” Span (Austin da Luz 77), F Corey Hertzog (Dennis Chin 61)
Harrisburg City Islanders – GK Nicholas Noble, D Coady Andrews, Matthew Bahner, Raphael Cox, Richie Marquez, M Jose Barril, Leo Fernandes (Jamiel Hardware 78), Jason Pelletier, Zach Pfeffer (Clesio Bauque 64), Robbie Derschang (Garret Pettis 82), Antoine Hoppenot (Cristhian Hernandez 85)
ORL: Brad Rusin 41
ORL: Harrison Heath 43
HAR: Raphael Cox 66
ORL: Tyler Turner 83
Time of Match: 7:30 p.m. EST
Weather: — Clear