The Otters hosted the Dynamo on Tuesday night, looking to get their first win of the season and get redemption after their 3-3 draw with the Dynamo last month. The Otters’ offense rolled from the opening whistle, and the defense kept a clean sheet as they cruised to a 4-0 win in front of their home crowd.
It only took the Otters two minutes to score, when a ball deflected to the feet of Henrique Devens (Tusculum) who was making his first start of the season. The ball eventually got to the feet of Troy Brady (Canisus) who coolly finished it for his first goal of the season and an early 1-0 Otters lead.
The Otters kept the pressure on, with several more quality chances, looking to double the lead. In the 23rd minute Guillermo Segovia (Ohio Valley) played an incisive pass through the defensive backline, where Brady raced to the ball and beat the Dynamo ‘keeper for his second of the night.
For the rest of the half the Otters offense kept rolling, with Devens, Segovia, Brady, Mehdi Chtara (France), and Raphael Campos (Palm Beach Atlantic) creating opportunities from everywhere for every one. Devens was able to spring Brady down the right side where Brady got a cross in to Chtara who laid off to Campos who finished from a tough angle to make it 3-0 in the 36th minute.
The Dynamo were able to get a couple decent chances later in the half but the defense and goalkeeper Tyler Pavlet (Lees-McRae) were up to the task.
The second half was a physical affair for both sides. The Otters and Dynamo both stepped up the intensity, and there were not many clear chances early in the half for either team. The physicality continued when Jeremy De Hoog (Rio Grande) was taken down in the top corner of the box to earn a penalty. De Hoog took it himself and calmly buried it to push the score to 4-0 in 71st minute.
The offense created chances until the final whistle, where the Otters walked away with three points for the first time this season!
In goal, Pavlet was not asked to do much, but when called into action he was ready. Part of the reason he faced few shots was the outstanding work of the Otters backline to neutralize almost every attack from the Dynamo. The backline of Blake Barribeau (Palm Beach Atlantic), Shalom Dutey (Liberty), George Stanley (Montreat), and Diego Thielen (Ohio Valley) were integral in helping the Otters earn their first clean sheet of the year.
The Otters 4-0 win was their second highest goal total for a game, and their second largest victory margin in franchise history. The Otters have also broken their record for goals in a season after scoring 14 goals this season in only six games, surpassing 2016’s total of 13 in 14 games.
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