There was an offensive explosion at Ridley Athletic Complex on Wednesday night, as the Baltimore Bohemians scored eight times in a record-setting performance against the visiting Westchester Flames.
The hosts started the train rolling ten minutes into the match, as Geaton Caltabiano slotted a cross over to the waiting Michael Gamble on the left edge of the six-yard box. Gamble slammed the ball home into the top of the net for an early 1-0 advantage.
In the 29th minute, Baltimore doubled their lead, as Pete Caringi scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season. A lob delivered in from Hugh Roberts found the head of the UMBC man, who directed the ball past Flames goalkeeper Andre Wilkinson.
Four minutes later, Julio Arjona made it three for the Bohs, as he closed in uncontested towards the Westchester goal on the left wing. From an acute angle, Arjona threaded the ball home from four yards out.
The Flames had trouble keeping possession throughout much of the first half, and it particularly cost them in conceding the fourth Baltimore goal of the evening. With four minutes remaining before halftime, Mamadou Kansaye fired a shot from 20 yards out, taking a deflection off of a Westchester defender. The attempted clearance was misplayed, and the ball trickled in off the underside of the crossbar.
Baltimore was able to sneak in a fifth goal during first half stoppage time, as Caringi headed home his second goal of the evening, with Gamble providing the assist this time around. Baltimore outshot the Flames by a 16-1 margin in the first 45 minutes of play.
The Bohemians’ newest signing, Christiano Francois, entered the match as a substitute at the start of the second half, and immediately made an impact for the hosts. Two minutes after the restart, he delivered a cross from the right wing to Gamble, who tapped home his second goal of the evening from point-blank range.
Fellow second half substitute Brian Graham notched the Bohs’ seventh goal of the evening in the 64th minute. A left wing cross from Alex Shinsky found Graham on the opposite side, who blasted the ball home from seven yards away.
Westchester’s woes continued in the 71st minute, when Kaoru Forbess was fouled inside the box, earning the Bohs a penalty. His attempt from the spot was saved by Wilkinson, but the ensuing rebound was tucked home for Baltimore’s eighth strike of the night.
The visitors had one quality chance late in the match to spoil Baltimore’s plans for a shutout. With less than five minutes to go, Rilwan Salawu fired a tight-angle shot from the left side. Andrew Harris was finally called into action, tipping the ball over the bar to secure the clean sheet.
With his third shutout of the year, Harris passed Jordan Tatum for most clean sheets in a season by a Bohemian goalkeeper. Baltimore’s 8-0 victory was their widest winning margin in franchise history, surpassing their 4-0 result in the club’s second game of this season against the New Jersey LUSO Rangers.
Baltimore (3-1-2) heads back on the road Sunday to face the Jersey Express at 7:00.
Goals: BAL – Michael Gamble (10′, 47′), Pete Caringi (29′, 45’+1), Julio Arjona (33′), Mamadou Kansaye (41′), Brian Graham (64′), Kaoru Forbess (71′)
Yellow Cards: none
Shots: WES – 4, BAL – 26
Saves: WES – 5, BAL – 1
Fouls: WES – 13, BAL – 14
Offsides: WES – 1, BAL – 5
Corners: WES – 3, BAL – 11