OCEAN CITY - Dwayne Reid scored two first-half goals to help the Ocean City Nor'easters beat Reading United AC 2-1 and clinch a division title Sunday night at Carey Stadium.
Ocean City won the Mid-Atlantic Division of the United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League for the second consecutive year.
The Nor'easters (12-2-1 overall) improved to 10-1-1 in the division for 31 points. Reading (9-2-5), their nearest Mid-Atlantic rival, suffered its first PDL loss of the season and has a division mark of 7-1-5 for 26 points. Reading United has only one Mid-Atlantic game left, and a win would give it only 29 points. Wins in the Premier Development League earn three points, and ties earn one point.
Two other teams, the Long Island Rough Riders (7-2-3 for 23 points) and the Jersey Express (6-1-5 for 23 points), each have two games remaining and could also only reach 29 points.
Reid is a first-year player for the Nor'easters.
"It was a great accomplishment for me personally to win the division title and a big step forward for us," said Reid, 25, a native of Jamaica. "People said that winning it last year was a fluke, but we came out and proved that we're for real."
Wes Charpie scored Reading's only goal in stoppage time of the second half to make it 2-1. The game ended two minutes later.
Ocean City goalie Michael O'Keefe, a 2012 Olympian for New Zealand, made six saves. Reading keeper Alex Bono also had six saves.
"We had a game plan to go at them and we stuck to it," Reid said. "We pressed them, and I had two good opportunites."
Reid also scored a franchise-record five goals Friday as Ocean City topped the FA Euro-New York Magic 6-1 at Carey Stadium.
Ocean City, wearing its orange away uniforms, posed with the Mid-Atlantic Division trophy after Sunday's game.
Reid scored to make it 1-0 in the 18th minute after taking a great lead pass from Frank Tweneboa. Reid shot from the right side and beat Reading goalie Alex Bono to the far left corner.
Reid scored again from 10 yards out in the 24th minute during a scramble in front of the Reading net. O.C.'s Shawn McLaws had a shot blocked by a defender, but Reid fired the loose ball into the net.
O'Keefe made two good saves in the first half. Reading United's Kadeem Dacres shot from deep on the left side in the 21st minute, and O'Keefe made the stop. He also turned away a free kick by Reading's Emmanual Sanchez eight minutes later.
Following the goals, the usually-aggressive Nor'easters went into a rare defensive mode. They opened up their game again a bit in the second half. Reading tried desperately to get on the board.
The Nor'easters finish the regular season at home this weekend. Ocean City will host Long Island on Friday and the Baltimore Bohemians on Sunday. Both games are set for 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium.
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Reading 0 1-1
Ocean City 2 0-2
Goals-Reid (2) OC.
Goalies-Bono () RU. O'Keefe () OC.
Records-Reading 9-2-5; Ocean City 12-2-1.