OCEAN CITY - Midfielder Frank Tweneboa seemed to be everywhere as he led the Ocean City Nor'easters to a 5-0 romp over the Central Jersey Spartans on Sunday night at Carey Stadium.
Tweneboa scored three goals and assisted on the other two. The Nor'easters took a 2-0 halftime lead and cruised through the second half as Tweneboa scored twice on penalty kicks.
Ocean City improved to 8-2-1 overall and 6-1-1 (19 points) in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League. Reading United AC, the division leader, tied the Jersey Express in another key game. Reading is 6-0-3 for 21 points. Jersey is 5-1-4 for 19 points. The Baltimore Bohemians are also 5-1-4.
"I was switched back to my old position of outside (midfielder), and that helped," said the 5-foot-7 Tweneboa, 22, who is from Ghana. "I was making plays and getting the ball into the right spot. We didn't like the loss (2-0 to the Express on June 23), but we came back today with the right mindset."
Tweneboa passed to Ken Tribbett, who scored the first goal near the net in the 11th minute. Tweneboa looked to be passing the ball from the right side in the 35th minute, but Central Jersey goalie John Richards was out of position and the ball rolled into the net to make it 2-0.
Tweneboa scored on two penalty kicks, one to the left side and another up the middle. The Nor'easters' other goal was by Tim Mulgrew at the left post, after a cross from Tweneboa.
Ocean City goalie Brian Billings had to make two saves for the shutout.
"It was great to come out and score like that," Ocean City coach Tim Oswald said. "Frank had a great game and was really working hard, so we left him in for 90 minutes."
Central Jersey, of Somerville, showed up in blue uniforms that looked almost identical to the Nor'easters' home jerseys. Ocean City agreed to wear its orange road uniforms, which it has never worn at Carey Stadium.
The Nor'easters will host the New Jersey Rangers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Fourth of July, at Carey Stadium. The Berumuda Hogges were the original opponent, but they folded as a PDL franchise due to insufficient funding.
The Ocean City-Central Jersey game was preceded by a W-League women's pro game between the Washington Spirit Reserves and the New York Magic. Washington won it 2-1.
The game was 0-0 at halftime, but Washington's Ashley Herndon and Amber Stobbs scored to make it 2-0. Brittany Pfaff scored for the Magic with less than two minutes left.
New York had beaten Washington 2-1 earlier in the season.
Washington defender Danielle Hubka has also played with the organization's big club, the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League. Hubka played for the University of Maryland.
"I've never been to Ocean City before," said Hubka, 22, of Strongsville, Ohio. "Unfortunately, we only had about 10 minutes on the beach.
"We play on (artificial) turf, so I was excited to play on grass. It was nice to have the breeze from the ocean, and it was nice to play somewhere different."
Contact Guy Gargan:
Central Jersey 0 0-0
Ocean City 2 3-5
Goals-Tweneboa (3), Tribbett, Mulgrew OC.
Goalies-Richards (2), Parrella (2) CJ. Billings (2) OC.
Records-C.J. 1-8, O.C. 8-2-1.