By JOHN BOSCHINI
Orlando City took advantage of its rivals being on hiatus during the weekend to increase its lead in the ultra-competitive American Division to seven points.
Orlando scored three times in the second half to earn a comeback victory over a Wilmington team that was riding a four-game unbeaten streak. Orlando's offensive breakout came after a frustrating 0-0 draw with Charlotte in midweek.
The Dayton Dutch Lions managed their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Dayton had managed only two draws from its first four games. Pittsburgh has garnered only nine points from a potential 33 and is struggling offensively, scoring only eight goals.
The Rochester Rhinos took advantage of an Antigua Barracuda side that is struggling mightily with consistency. The Rhinos scored twice early on to secure a victory and send Antigua down to fourth in the American Division. The two teams tied when they met on Sunday thanks to an Antigua goalkeeping error.
The Charleston Battery and FC New York settled for a 1-1 draw, advancing one place in their respective divisions. Charleston then fell to the Harrisburg City Islanders 1-0 after only one day's rest.
Here is a look back at the action in the USL Pro over the weekend.
Charleston Battery 1, FC New York 1: FC New York scored against the run of play to earn a share of the spoils against Charleston. The Battery took the lead just before halftime when Nicki Patterson curled a free kick past goalkeeper Tim Melia. Charleston had several opportunities to double its advantage but it was Graciano Brito who equalized for FC New York around the hour mark.
Rochester Rhinos 2, Antigua Baracuda FC 1: Andrew Hoxie netted a first-half double to give the visiting Rhinos a victory. Substitute Randolph Burton pulled a goal back in the second half for Antigua but it served as little more than a consolation goal. Antigua has gone 0-3-1 since its six-game winning streak in April and May.
Harrisburg City Islanders 1, Charleston Battery 0: A late goal from Sainey Touray gave Harrisburg the win over Charleston in a game that saw few chances. Charleston goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra made no saves on the night while Phillip Tuttle was only called upon three times for the Islanders.
Dayton Dutch Lions 2, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1: A couple of late goals courtesy of George Davis gave Dayton a come-from-behind victory over Pittsburgh. The Riverhounds took the initial lead with a goal from Jason Yeisley in the 37th minute. Pittsburgh held on to its lead until 16 minutes before time when Davis scored his first goal. Dayton capitalized on the reeling Riverhounds defense to take the lead for good five minutes later.
Orlando City 4, Wilmington Hammerheads 2: Jamie Watson scored a brace to lead Orlando in its comeback victory. The first half saw a goal for both teams and Wilmington looked in the driver's seat after taking the lead early in the second half. However, goals from Watson, Demar Stewart and Max Griffin secured the victory for Orlando.
Rochester Rhinos 2, Antigua Barracuda FC 2: Two second-half goals gave Rochester a portion of the points and extended Antigua's winless streak. Christopher Harvey gave Antigua an early lead and the first half ended with Antigua holding a 1-0 advantage. Tony Donatelli equalized just after the hour mark but Randolph Burton reclaimed the lead for Antigua less than 10 minutes later. Rochester took advantage of an error from Antigua goalkeeper Molvin James to tie the game in the 90th minute.
What did you think of this weekend's games? Impressed with Orlando City? Was Dayton's victory a fluke or is this the start of a turnaround? Is Antigua in serious trouble?
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