Orlando City SC loanee Tyler Turner netted two goals to help lead Orlando City B (1-3-1, 4 points) to a 2-1 win, their first win of the season, over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (0-2-1, 1 point). OCB were under some pressure to get a result after what had been an extremely frustrating first four matches that saw them tied for twelfth in the USL Eastern Conference and they responded in an encouraging manner.
Turner’s brace was easily the story of the match, as most were probably very surprised that the 20 year old right back tallied twice, as he had only previously scored once in his 2+ years representing Orlando City. His first goal came in the 39th minute when he controlled a pass from Jonathon Valenzuela about 35 yards from goal and went on a barnstorming run to beat three Riverhound defenders and then smashed a low shot, across the his body with his right foot to finish.
His second goal came as the clock struck 66:00, after he went on an overlapping run from his defensive position and back-heeled the ball to former University of Central Florida forward Hadji Barry. Instead of just lingering around the wing like a lot of fullbacks would have done, Turner instinctively went on a searching run into the box and when Barry cut to the goal line to whip in a cross, he peeled off of the defenders, found space near-post, and touched the ball across the keeper, into the back of the net.
Pittsburgh would grab consolation in the form of a 92nd minute penalty kick from forward Romeo Parkes.
“I’m just delighted for the players; they’ve worked really hard, and nobody’s been more disappointed with recent results than myself. We’ve struggled to score, but tonight it all came together and obviously the result was the icing on the cake…” Head Coach Anthony Pulis said after the match, which was the first ever USL game to be streamed on ESPN3.
Orlando City B have to recover quickly and turn their attention to their next match; which is on Monday night. The Lions take the short trip from Pittsburgh to Pennsylvania’s state capital to take on the Harrisburg City Islanders (1-3-0, 3 points). The game is slated to start at 7:00 pm EST and is available via live stream on the USL’s YouTube channel.