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Brady helps Otters get first victory of season

Joe Avento • Updated Jun 12, 2018 at 9:44 PM

Troy Brady is a proven scorer while playing soccer at the collegiate level. He broke through in a big way for his summer team Tuesday night.

Brady scored two first-half goals as the Tri-Cities FC Otters earned their first victory of the season, a 4-0 decision over the Carolina Dynamo at Kermit Tipton Stadium.

“I’ve been struggling the first few games, but to get on the score sheet tonight felt really good,” said Brady, a native of Buffalo, New York, who scored nine goals for Canisius as a sophomore last fall. “We’ve been searching for three points. To get the first win of the season is great.”

Brady scored 90 seconds into the game and the Otters’ defense did the rest, holding the Dynamo without a true scoring chance all night. That was music to the ears of coach David Strickland, whose team had been hampered by porous defense.

“We answered something that we need to do, a clean sheet,” Strickland said. “It’s what we ask for. We ask for a clean sheet, no goals, and to show we have that desire to defend and win. Now it’s time to start climbing the chart.”

The victory left the Otters with a 1-3-2 record. The Dynamo, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, fell to 1-5-1.

Brady’s first goal came on a rebound after teammate Henrique Devens had a shot stopped. Brady then made it 2-0 in the 24th minute off an assist from Guillermo Segovia.

“Troy Brady, when we recruited him, we saw a bunch of videos and we talked to his coach and they talked about how good he is at running toward goal,” Strickland said. “Tonight we saw what he can do and it was class.”

Raphael Campos scored on a nifty pass from Mehdi Chtara, and Jeremy DeHoog added a second-half penalty kick for the final margin.

“We have a solid 11 and our bench is so strong,” Brady said.

Tyler Pavlet played in goal for the Otters in place of Torge Wiedenroth, who is nursing a knee injury.

The Otters’ homestand continues Saturday when they play host to the Peachtree City MOBA at 7 p.m.

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