Fredlin Mompremier’s penalty kick in the 30th minute held up as the contest’s only goal as the Ocean City Nor’easters edged Reading United FC in a Premier Development League soccer contest Sunday evening.
The match was played in front of 625 fans at Carey Stadium, representing the Nor’easters’ largest home crowd of the season to date.
Mompremier went to the turf about five yards inside the center of the penalty area. After a short delay, the referee eventually blew his whistle and pointed to the spot, giving the Nor’easters the penalty kick. Mompremier confidently blasted his shot into the lower left corner.
Goalkeeper Todd Morton was named Man of the Match for his efforts in keeping a clean sheet. Morton went relatively untested for the first half, but made several key stops after the interval, including two on chances from inside the area late in the game.
The victory improved the Nor’easters to 8-4 in PDL Mid-Atlantic Division games and brought them level with Reading United on 24 points. Reading, however, has two games in hand on the Nor’easters. The top two teams in each division qualify for the PDL playoffs.
The Nor’easters are next in action Friday at 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium in an exhibition match against the New England Revolution U23s.