The Ocean City Nor'easters soccer team took over first place in the Premier Development League's Mid-Atlantic Division with a 3-1 win over the host Long Island Rough Riders on Wednesday at Cy Donnelly Stadium.

After giving up an own goal in the 31st minute, the Nor'easters rallied with second-half goals by Shawn McLaws, Dwayne Reid and Frank Tweneboa.

The Nor'easters upped their season mark to 7-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the PDL.

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Ocean City tops tops the Mid-Atlantic Division with 16 points, while the Jersey Express (which lost to O.C. 3-1 on June 5) is 4-1-3 for 15 points. Reading United, which tied Ocean City 1-1 on June 15, is in third place at 4-0-2 (14 points).

Previously unbeaten Long Island is 3-1-2.

"We played the first half like we were still on the bus," Ocean City coach Tim Oswald said. "It was a six-hour bus ride with lots of traffic, and we had 20 minutes to warm up."

McLaws scored an unassisted goal in the 74th minute to tie it. Reid made it 2-1 Ocean City on a breakaway in the 80th minute after a lead pass from Tyler Hilliard. Tweneboa scored on insurance goal in the 85th minute, and Reid assisted.

"We just changed some formations and some personnel in the second half," Oswald said. "They outshot us 4-1 in the first half, and we outshot them 11-5 in the second half. We changed the game and started scoring goals."

The Nor'easters, who have played all their PDL games on the road so far, host the Jersey Express at 7 p.m. Sunday at Carey Stadium in Ocean City. The game is the beginning of an eight-game homestand which finishes out the regular season.

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