Things didn’t look good for Orlando City B (2-5-3, 9 points) early in their Saturday night match against Bethlehem Steel FC (2-2-3, 9 points). They were down 2-0 after an 11th minute Tony Rocha own-goal and a 14th minute goal from Steel striker Fabian Herbers, but up stepped 19-year-old right-back Tyler Turner to lead OCB to a valiant 2 goal comeback.
Turner cut the deficit to 1 goal just three minutes later when Michael Cox laid the ball back for him to have a shot from the corner of the box. The viciously struck one time shot took a wicked deflection off of a Steel defender and flew into the back of the net over a sprawling John McCarthy for Turner’s third goal of the season.
Steel midfielder Walter Restrepo was shown a straight red card in the 50th minute that allowed OCB to press higher up the pitch in search of the equalizer and just four minuted later they had their reward.
Following a Steel clearance of an Orlando free kick, Turner lofted a ball into the box that Cox chested and slotted home under the legs of McCarthy. The goal was also Cox’s third of the season.
Despite being down a man, Bethlehem was the team on the offensive towards the final whistle, and twice, they forced Orlando City SC goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. into difficult saves.
Orlando City B now have two weeks until their next game, at Titan Soccer Complex against the Rochester Rhinos on May 22nd. The two week layoff will be a welcome break for the team that’s played 5 matches in just 16 days.