OTTAWA (May 12, 2019) – North Carolina FC was dealt a 2-1 loss to Ottawa Fury FC on Sunday afternoon at TD Place Stadium. NCFC’s overall record is 4W-2L-3D and the team moves to seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Ottawa has historically been a difficult place for NCFC to gain positive results and today was no different, as NCFC was forced to deal with a persistent Ottawa side.
The home team continually attacked throughout the first half before scoring in the 41st minute. A through ball found its way over the defense and to the feet of the speedy Mour Samb. The attacker finished the one-on-one chance to take the lead into halftime.
In the second half, Ottawa tried to extend its grip on the contest, but a goal from NCFC in the 66th minute tied the match. Caleb Duvernay dribbled into Ottawa’s half before finding an open Marios Lomis in the box. Lomis tapped the ball into the path of Steven Miller, who rocketed his shot into the back of the net. The goal was his second of the season.
The score wouldn’t hold long as Ottawa responded with a goal in the 70th minute. Kévin Oliveira converted a chance inside the box to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead.
Despite bringing on attacking options Yamikani Chester and Donovan Ewolo, NCFC struggled to crack a tough Ottawa team.
The remaining minutes would play out without another goal. The result is NCFC’s second loss of the season.
North Carolina FC will be at home for two matches this week. NCFC will enter the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. to face regional rival Richmond Kickers (tickets). The team will resume its USL Championship campaign on Saturday, May 18 against Birmingham Legion FC (tickets). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Coastal Credit Union Box Office at 919-459-8144.
The club’s youth-to-professional pipeline was well represented with NCFC Academy products DJ Taylor, Manny Perez and Caleb Duvernay starting alongside NCFC U-23 product Alex Comsia. Fellow Academy product Dre Fortune appeared on the bench, but did not enter the match.
Duvernay made his official professional debut, and played 90 minutes.
Darrin MacLeod earned the first official start of his NCFC career and Victor Igbekoyi earned his first start of the season.
Steven Miller scored his second goal of the season off an assist from Marios Lomis
OTT: Callum Irving; Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé, Thomas Meilleur-Giguère, Dakota Barnathan (Nana Attakora, 80’), Carl Haworth ©; Chris Mannella (Onua Obasi, 72’), Charlie Ward, Wal Fall; Kévin Oliveira (Aidan Daniels, 90+), Christiano François, Mour Samb
Subs not used: Robert Boskovic, David Monsalve, Jamar Dixon, Protais Mutambala
NCFC: Darrin MacLeod; Caleb Duvernay, Sam Brotherton, Alex Comsia, DJ Taylor; Steven Miller ©, Victor Igbekoyi (Tommy McCabe, 66’), Graham Smith, Ben Speas (Yamikani Chester, 77’), Manny Perez (Donovan Ewolo, 84’); Marios Lomis
Subs not used: Alex Tambakis, Dre Fortune, Austin Panchot, Aaron Guillen
OTT: Mour Samb (Dakota Barnathan, 41’) Kévin Oliveira (Wal Fall, 70’)
NCFC: Steven Miller (Marios Lomis, 66’)
OTT: Mour Samb 42’
NCFC: Graham Smith 13’, Sam Brotherton 74’