OCEAN CITY - Dwayne Reid is known as "Bullet." And that's about how long it took the Ocean City Nor'easters soccer forward to score against the New Jersey Rangers on Sunday.
Reid scored from just inside the 18-yard line only 15 seconds into the game for the only goal of the first half.
"I was ready for it (the ball, right after the start of the game)," said Reid, a Jamaican native who graduated from Bloomfield College. "I took it off a defender and was able to get the goal.
"A couple of college coaches gave me the nickname 'Bullet' six or seven years ago. They said, 'He's faster than a bullet'," Reid said.
The 25-year-old finished with two goals as the Nor'easters beat the Rangers 4-0 to retake the Mid-Atlantic Division lead in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League.
Ocean City is 10-2-1 overall and 8-1-1 for 25 points in the division. Long Island is 7-1-2 for 23 points, and Reading United is 6-0-5 for 23 points.
There was more to come in second half, starting with Reid's second goal. He got the ball on a breakaway up the left side in the 57th minute and beat Rangers goalie Paul Killian to the far right corner to make it 2-0.
O.C. midfielder Nick Perea added a third goal nine minutes later, off an assist by Ken Tribbett.
From the left corner of the 18-yard line, Timi Mulgrew got a bit creative, looping the ball over Killian's head to make it 4-0. Mulgrew, a midfielder, has a goal in each of the last three games.
The Nor'easters were playing their second home game against the Rangers in four days. The first game, a 2-0 Ocean City win on July 4, was a game in which the Rangers were substituting for the Bermuda Hogges, who folded as a PDL franchise last week. Sunday's contest was their regularly scheduled game.
The Nor'easters finish out the regular season with four straight home games. Ocean City's next game is 7 p.m. Friday against the New York Euro Magic at Carey Stadium at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk.
"This (the playoff race) is what you play for," Reid said. "We know we have to win all four games to make sure we defend our title in the division and get home field advantage in the playoffs."
Ocean City goalie Michael O'Keefe made three saves for his second shutout in a row.
Player of the week
Nor'easters midfielder Frank Tweneboa was chosen the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League's Player of the Week. Tweneboa, of Ghana, scored three goals and added two assists in Ocean City's 5-0 win over the Central Jersey Spartans last Sunday at Carey Stadium in O.C.
Tweneboa set up Ken Tribbett with the first goal in the 11th minute last Sunday, and added a goal from the right side in the 35th minute. He scored twice on penalty kicks in the second half, once in the 60th minute and again in the 78th. He also sent a cross that teammate Timi Mulgrew finished at the left post in the 71st minute.
Tweneboa has five goals and two assists for a team-leading 12 points.
Contact Guy Gargan:
New Jersey 0 0 - 0
Ocean City 1 3 - 4
Goals-Reid (2) 2, Perea, Mulgrew OC.
Goalies-Killian (5) NJ. O'Keefe (3) OC.
Records-O.C. 10-2-1, N.J. 3-7-1.