The Mid-Atlantic Division's most prolific offense was back on display Saturday night, and the club's goalscoring leader, Pete Caringi, was undeniably the star of the show. Baltimore's offensive master netted a hat trick within the first 40 minutes of the match, leading the Bohemians to a 4-1 victory over F.A. Euro at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The hosts struck first just as the clock passed five minutes. A shot by Austin Martz at the top of the box struck the crossbar, but the resulting rebound fell to the head of Caringi, who nudged it past goalkeeper Alexander Naples for the 1-0 lead. Caringi was denied by the crossbar himself just two minutes later, as his drive from 18 yards out caromed off the underside of the woodwork before being cleared by the F.A. Euro defense.
The visitors clawed back to even the contest in the 25th minute, as an outlet pass from Jonathon Watkin found Jovani Ramos on the right wing. From a tight angle, Ramos' low drive hit the far corner of the net past Andrew Harris, who had no chance of saving the perfectly placed shot.
Baltimore hit the front again ten minutes after the tying goal. Off of a free kick from Geaton Caltabiano deep in the Bohemians' end, the ball found Caringi in stride, momentarily catching the Euro defense off guard, as they felt Caringi had strayed offside. Caringi dribbled in and fired a low shot toward the far post. The ball grazed off of Naples and found the twine for a 2-1 advantage.
Caringi would complete his hat trick in the 39th minute. Kaoru Forbess left a pass at the 18-yard box for the forward, and he trickled the shot just inside the far post to increase the lead to 3-1.
There might have been an opportunity for Caringi to match his four-goal performance from earlier in the season during the second half, had he not been the recipient of a hard collision from the Euro goalkeeper in the 64th minute.
As Naples jumped to reach a ball inside his own box, he thumped hard into the Baltimore striker, knocking him down to the turf. Naples was booked by the referee, and Caringi was escorted off the field momentarily to be examined by the trainer. Mamadou Kansaye stepped up to the penalty spot and converted Baltimore's fourth goal of the evening.
F.A. Euro tried to cut into the deficit during the late stages of the match, but Baltimore netminder Andrew Harris turned away close chances from both Ramos and Cian McDonald with just minutes remaining. Harris would make five saves in all during the contest.
Caringi's three goals in Saturday's contest increased his season total to nine, just one off of the PDL lead shared by Adam Black (Oklahoma City FC) and Tyler Blackwood (Orlando City U23s). He has scored 11 goals in his two seasons with the Bohemians. It was the third time this season that the Bohemians have scored four or more goals in a match.
Baltimore (4-1-4) is tied on points (16) with the Ocean City Nor'easters for first place in the Mid-Atlantic Division. Ocean City has three games in hand on the Bohemians. The Nor'easters face Jersey Express at home on Sunday. The Bohemians' next match is on Friday, June 28th, as they hit the road to face the Central Jersey Spartans.
Goals: FAE – Jovani Ramos (25'); BAL – Pete Caringi (6', 35', 39'), Mamadou Kansaye (66'-penalty)
Yellow Cards: FAE – Alexander Naples (64'); BAL – Marquez Fernandez (52')
Shots: FAE – 9, BAL – 18
Saves: FAE – 4, BAL – 5
Fouls: FAE – 10, BAL – 11
Offsides: FAE – 0, BAL – 4
Corners: FAE – 3, BAL – 7