College Friendlies -  Orlando City v. Stetson University

Match Recap: College Friendlies - Orlando City v. Stetson University

Team                1    2    Final
Orlando City        3    0    3
Stetson University  0    0    0

Scoring Summary:
OC – Jamie Watson 1 (Dennis Chin 1) 20
OC - Nick Sowers 1 (Dennis Chin 2) 24
OC - Jamie Watson 2 (unassisted) 34

Lineups:
Miguel Gallardo (Sean Kelley 46), Erik Ustruck (Nico Russo 84), Justin Clark, Wes Allen, Luke Boden (Sean Reynolds 75), Fabrizio Pittaluga (Anthony Pulis 46), James O’Connor (Ian Fuller 57), Nick Sowers (Leaunghn Williams 68), John Rooney (Kevin Molino 46), Jamie Watson (Charlie Campbell 65), Dennis Chin (Harrison Heath 83)
Sanford, Fla. - Orlando City remained undefeated in their collegiate friendlies as the Lions defeated Stetson University 3-0. Jamie Watson led Orlando with two goals while Dennis Chin attributed two assists in City’s victory. 

Watson, in his first start of the 2012 preseason, capitalized early for the Lions. On a breakaway attack, Dennis Chin laid a ball over the Stetson back line, with Watson at the other end of the pass. Watson collected the long ball from Chin, putting a low shot past the oncoming Stetson keeper, giving Orlando the early 1-0 lead. 

“The goal was a good start to the match,” Watson said. “I thought Chin laid off a good ball to give me the opportunity.”

Only a few minutes later, Chin once again led a fellow teammate to an opportunistic chance, with this time Nick Sowers on the other end of the play. Luke Boden found Chin on a long throw-in at the left corner of Stetson’s side of the pitch, who headed the ball over to the Sowers. The trialist found a clear lane to the goal, putting in his first score of the 2012 preseason. 

Two goals in the first half weren’t enough for Orlando, as Jamie Watson notched the third score in the 34th minute. The midfielder fooled the Stetson keeper with a low-lying attempt that went right past him and into the net, putting Orlando up 3-0. 

The second half was an opportunity for City to give players some much needed time on the pitch, including new trialists Leaunghn Williams and Sean Reynolds. Orlando continued to bring on fresh legs in the later part of the second, while Rollins’ defense buckled down to not allow a goal in the second half. The match finished with the same score that held at halftime, 3-0 Orlando. 

After the match Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath spoke about the preseason and giving unproven players an opportunity to show their talent.

“I thought our younger guys played a good match,” said Heath. “Playing out here in the heat on a March afternoon is a fun way to get experience in. Overall we moved the ball well and were stronger at the final third. We’ll take the win and move on to the next match.”

Orlando continues their preseason schedule with a match against the University of Tampa at Seminole Soccer Complex on Wednesday, March 21 in Sanford, Fla. This will be the Lions first ever match up against the Spartans. Admission to the match is free, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

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