Orlando City shuts out Antigua, remains atop division


Orlando City forward Dennis Chin sprints toward the ball in the Lions' 2-0 victory over Antigua Barracuda FC, June 17, 2012 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fl.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando City Soccer Club claimed their ninth victory of the season, moving further ahead in the USL PRO table by defeating Antigua Barracuda FC 2-0 on Sunday night in front of 6,148 fans at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kieron Bernard scored his first goal of the year and Matt Luzunaris added the second of the match in stoppage time to give Orlando the victory.

“Overall I was pleased with the result,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “The game was very one-sided all evening. I’m happy with the win and now we’ll look toward Friday and the game against Harrisburg.”

Orlando (9-1-2) got on the scoreboard first with the help of a Kieron Bernard header. After a Kevin Molino shot was punched away out by Antigua (2-8-0) Goalkeeper Molvin James, Luke Boden sent in a corner for Orlando. The Sheffield, England, native found a leaping Bernard in front the Antigua goal, to give Orlando the early 1-0 advantage in the 14th minute and Bernard his first goal of the season. 

Orlando’s defense kept the Antigua attack in check throughout the evening. Led by Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo and his fourth shutout of the 2012 season, the City defense was on point all night. Gallardo made four saves on 14 shots faced to lead the Orlando back line in an impressive showing by the City defense.  Kyle Davies was especially solid for the Lions, cutting off attack after attack.

Orlando Forward Matt Luzunaris put the game on ice for the Lions extra time of the second half with a strike of his own.  After being sprung by Ian Fuller, Luzunaris gave himself extra space before sliding a far-post strike past James.  It was Luzunaris’s first goal since returning from an illness that had the forward miss three matches.

With the victory, Orlando now holds a five point advantage over the rest of the USL PRO table. The Charleston Battery are in second place, a team whom Orlando defeated last week by a score of 2-1 at the Citrus Bowl.

The Lions continue their home stand as the Harrisburg City Islanders come to town this Friday, June 22. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday marks the first time the two clubs have met since the 2011 USL PRO Championship back on September 3, 2011. Orlando City defeated Harrisburg 3-2 on penalty kicks after finishing the match tied 2-2 in regulation to capture the league title.

For more information on Friday’s match and more, visit Orlandocitysoccer.com.  To purchase tickets, call 855-ORL-CITY or email tickets@orlandocitysoccer.com.