A late own goal helped Toronto FC II defeat Orlando City B, 3-2, Friday afternoon at BMO Training Ground.
Lucas Ontivero opened the scoring for Orlando City B in the 23rd minute, using a clever turn to beat his defender before firing a left-footed shot past Eric Klenofsky from a tight angle to score his first goal for the club.
Toronto FC II responded to the early deficit well and equalized from the penalty spot in the 39th minute after an OCB defender was whistled for a handball. Jordan Perruzza stepped up and sent Juliano Chade the wrong way, hesitating before rolling the ball into the goal to his left for his eleventh goal of the season.
Perruzza put his side in front just minutes into the second half after finding space inside the six-yard box. Jordan Faria picked out Perruzza with a cross from the right flank and the striker poked it past Klenofsky for his second goal of the game and third in two weeks.
Orlando equalized in the 68th minute through a penalty of their own after Terique Mohammed dragged William Bagrou down inside the box. Thiago Souza struck a great penalty to draw his side level, beating Klenofsky to the goalkeeper’s right with a shot that found the top corner.
TFC II grabbed a late winner after Jayden Nelson broke free down the left flank. Nelson drove into the box before playing a low cross into a pack of bodies inside the six-yard box. Nelson’s cross was touched last by OCB’s Tanner Hummel and the own goal was enough to secure three points for the home side.
The win moves Toronto into eighth place, with the ninth place Richmond Kickers set to play tomorrow night. With four points separating TFC II from the fourth and final playoff spot, Michael Rabasca’s side is still in the race for the playoffs. Toronto will head to South Carolina to take on Greenville Triumph SC next Friday.
With Orlando already eliminated from playoff contention, the loss does little except extend the club’s winless run to 14 games. OCB hasn’t earned a point in a match since its 1-1 draw with Chattanooga Red Wolves SC on July 10. Next stop for Orlando is Chattanooga for a rematch with the Red Wolves.