by Austin David

UTICA, NY – After a tremendous start to the game, the Orlando SeaWolves falter in the second half, seeing two players red carded, as they fell to Utica City FC 6-10. The SeaWolves fall to 3-5 on the season and 1-2 on the road, while Utica improves to 9-4 on the year and 6-1 at home.

Once again, Orlando got off to a quick start to begin the game. Richard Schmermund blasted one in from midfield and Thiago Freitas tapped one in to get the SeaWolves out to a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes.

Utica came back to tie it quickly, but Mario Alvarez scored off great team pressure to put Orlando back up 3-2. Osvaldo Rojas then scored his 11th goal of the season put the away side up 4-2 after the first quarter.

The second quarter started with a Utica goal, but Gordy Gurson tapped in his 12th of the season to push the lead back up two. That would be the last of Orlando’s goals for quite some time and would mark the turning point in the game.

Utica pulled two goals back before the end of the half to even the score as the teams headed into the locker rooms.

The second half saw only two goals scored, both by the home side as Utica took a 5-7 lead into the fourth quarter. It didn’t get any better for the SeaWolves in the final 15 minutes as Schmermund earned his third blue card of the match just a minute into the final frame, earning him a red card.

Utica tacked on two more goals over the next 10 minutes, building a 5-9 lead. Osvaldo Rojas also received a red card after multiple infringements within that timeframe.

Before the final whistle blew, Orlando finally scored in the second half, with newcomer Elmo Neto firing one into the back of the net. Utica pulled that goal right back just a few seconds later to restore their four-goal lead, one that would remain until the final whistle blew.

The SeaWolves will play their next game in St. Louis against the Ambush on Saturday, February 2nd. Kickoff for that game will be at 8:05 p.m EST.