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South Jersey Soccer:
Match Report - Barons at Rhode Island

Saturday, July 16, 2005

By Paul O'Donnell
Ocean City Barons Correspondent

The Barons ended their away games for the regular season with a solid victory over the Stingrays 5-1 Saturday night.

The Barons started this one with intensity and in the 6th minute a nicely taken corner from Tony Donatelli found the head of Byron Carmichael who buried the ball in the net for a 1-0 Barons lead.

The Barons pressure lead to another in the 15th minute when Ryan Heins beat his man to the end line; his cross found Mingo who nodded the ball to Donatelli and it was 2-0 Barons.

Rhode Island pressed to get on the board and in the 23rd forced a save from Carr.  Then in the 24th a nicely executed Stingray counter lead to a Zico Antunes goal and it was 2-1.

In the 30th Ruben Mingo restored the two goal advantage on a superbly taken free kick high to the corner and the half ended 3-1 Barons.

The Barons continued to threaten the Stingray's goal and in the 58th Mingo put Todd in and his shot found the back post side net and it was now 4-1.  Ten minutes later Todd spotted Ryan Heins who made the final score 5-1 Ocean City in minute 68.

With the victory the Barons remain in second in the division three points behind Cape Cod whose final two games of the regular season are on the road at Vermont, followed by 3rd place Ottawa.

The Barons finish their regular season campaign at home against the Westchester Flames on Friday night July 22, and Brooklyn on Sunday July 24.  A Barons victory in either of their remaining home games would nail down the 2nd playoff spot for the conference championship (Cape Cod has clinched the other spot).

The title of regular season champ for the Northeast Division is still not decided as Barons wins in both of their remaining games and a stumble by Cape Cod could put Ocean City back on top.

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