Carolina threatened to score early with a set piece with a free kick from the right of the box, but the cross curled over several teammates’ head and over the end line for the Otters to gain possession.From the start of the match, neither team had the clear advantage. The Dynamo had a set piece early with a free kick from the right side of the box, but the cross curled over several teammates’ heads and crossed over the end line for the Otters to gain possession.
TCFC (1-6-3) tried to retaliate just a few minutes later as James Smith crossed up a Dynamo defender. However, the shot taken by Smith skidded just to the right of the Carolina post. The Otters didn’t have many chances on goal as they totaled five shots, but their game plan worked and put a lot of pressure on the Dynamo defense: lead Mario Llin and let him outrace the defenders.
It was clear from first touch, the Otters were trying to lead Llin to get behind the Carolina backline. Several times, the defense would kick the ball out of bounds, but other times, Llin was able to maintain possession and put pressure on the Dynamo defense.
The Dynamo (6-3-1), however, was able to sneak ahead late in the first half as an Otter defender pulled down a Carolina winger inside the box. Phillip Goodrum took the penalty kick for the opposition and put it in the right side of the net.
Down 1-0 at the half, TCFC was outshooting the visitors 5-3. The Otters defense played aggressive at times to keep the Dynamo from attacking and paid the consequence as they totaled 10 fouls in the first half.
Coming out of the half, neither team had the clear advantage. With 25 minutes in the second half, the Dynamo sent in three substitutions to change the tempo of the match, but the Otters countered with three fresh legs of their own.
With neither team getting a chance at goal, the Dynamo scored the dagger in the 81st minute. Andreas Iosifdes swerved through several Otters players on his way to a one-on-one situation with keeper Andrew Kenneson. Kenneson dove at Iosifdes’ feet to stop the attack, but he avoided the diving attack and placed the shot in the middle of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Tri-Cities will look to get back into the win column as they hit the road for their fifth road game of the season to play the last place West Virginia Chaos on July 2. The Otters return home for their last regular-season match on July 9 to square off against the West Virginia King’s Warriors. The Otters will conclude their home season schedule with an international friendly with the Middlesbrough FC on July 30.