Ocean City is made up of current college players or recent graduates, and the Nor'easters didn't play back on their heels.
As the game was winding down, the Nor'easters stunned the crowd when Emmanuel Kollie tied the score off a scramble in front of the net.
"It's the best feeling ever scoring against a pro team," said Kollie, a Father Judge graduate who will be a junior at Syracuse.
With the game winding down, Ocean City sent everybody at the net.
"They crowded the box and had a lot of bodies and it was hard to get through open lanes and I got mixed up in it," Union keeper Zac MacMath said.
After a scoreless first half, Union forward Jack McInerney did what he does against the professionals and amateurs alike - score a big goal.
McInerney, tied for the MLS lead with nine goals and leading with five game-winners, scored in the 49th minute.
The Union forward may never get an easier goal. Le Toux's cross from the right side went by keeper Brian Billings. Standing alone at the far post, McInerney simply tapped the ball in.
Leading up to this game, the Union insisted they would take things seriously and they kept their word, having most of their regulars in the starting lineup. Rookie Leo Fernandes, who has played exactly one minute of MLS action, was the only deep sub to start for the Union. He may have earned himself more time.
Coming off Saturday's 5-3 loss at Montreal, team manager John Hackworth may have been attempting to right the ship, regardless of the competition.
"Some MLS teams use this to get guys who didn't play some action, but we wanted to win," McInerney said. "It says a lot about them to put our first team out there and them to hold us scoreless for [almost] 50 minutes."
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