The Ocean City Nor’easters men’s soccer team beat the Charlotte Independence 3-1 on Wednesday in Matthews, North Carolina in a second-round game, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
It marked the sixth time in club history the Nor’easters, a United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League team, beat a USL pro team, and the first time it was done on the road. It also marked the 11th Open Cup win for O.C. as a PDL team and 12th overall, one shy of second place among amateur teams in the modern era.
Ocean City’s Kyle Gurrieri scored two goals in the first seven minutes, and Fredinho Momepremier added a goal to make it 3-0 in the 44th minute. Deri Corfe assisted on the second and third goals. O.C. goalie Alec Smir had five saves in the win. Jorge Herrera scored for the Independence in the 58th minute.
“We are very happy with our win (Wednesday),” Nor’easters coach John Thompson said in a statement on the club’s website.
“It was an extremely hard-fought game. It’s never easy to play on the road, especially when you have weather delays, but our boys were professional from the first to the last minute.
“The club has such a great history in this tournament, and we are here to add to that.”
The Nor’easters advanced to the third round of the Open Cup for the fourth time, and will visit North Carolina FC, another USL pro team, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina.