Strike duo Dennis Chin and Corey Hertzog each bagged a brace as Orlando City claimed a 4-1 victory over the Ocala Stampede during second round play of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
“It was a pleasing night,” Orlando head coach Adrian Heath said. “I take my hat off to Ocala. I got lots of respect to their coach. It’s 4-1, we missed lots of chances, and yet they’re still in the game.”
Hertzog gave the Lions the early lead in the 14th minute after midfielder Aodhan Quinn found the striker open in the box, which the former New York Red Bull buried from close range.
With a 1-0 lead in place, Chin doubled Orlando’s lead in the 28th minute after Hertzog found the Oviedo, Florida native with a through pass, which Chin tucked into the net. Hertzog would go on to give OCSC the 3-0 lead before halftime, scoring on a penalty kick after an Ocala handball was whistled.
The Stampede were able to get on the scoreboard in the 61st minute after Ben Knight converted on an Orlando City back line error, beating goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski. However, Orlando’s Dennis Chin capped the match in the 83rd after he executed on a deflection from an Ocala defender to make it 4-1.
With the victory, Orlando City will host the Tampa Bay Rowdies on May 28 in the third round of the US Open Cup, which will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.