OTTAWA -- Though the Orange and Blue were behind, FC Cincinnati pulled a 4-3 win over Toronto FC II Saturday evening.
The win at TD Place Stadium brings FC Cincinnati to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with 46 points and a 12-10-10 record.
Coach Alan Koch said he was proud of the character and determination of his players.
“We have put together an excellent run of results on the road over the last few weeks, and we are excited to start the playoffs next weekend,” Koch said. “The players showed the fight and the willingness to work for each other even though we went behind several times this evening.
“We look forward to a good week of training back in Cincinnati and finding out where we will play on the road.”
The Orange and Blue trailed 2-0 after Tsubasa Endoh found the back of the net twice. Endoh scored in the 10th minute from the center of the box. He scored again in the 31st minute.
Danni Konig put an FCC point on the board in the 41st minute off an assist from Kenney Walker. Konig headed in a cross from Kenney at the top of the six.
FC Cincinnati scored a goal to tie the match in the 49th minute. Bone made a short pass to Walker, and Walker buried a shot in the lower left corner.
Toronto FC’s Shaan Hundal had the next goal in the 54th minute. Hundal put the ball past Hildebrandt off a pass from Brandon Onkony to give TFC II a 3-2 lead.
McLaughlin got the Orange and Blue offense going when he set up the team’s third goal in the 66th minute. McLaughlin worked the ball into the box and sent a short pass to Djiby, who easily posted his 12th goal of the year.
Justin Hoyte had the winning goal for FC Cincinnati in the 85th minute. Hoyte scored off an assist from Walker.
FC Cincinnati out-shot Toronto FC II 19-4 in the second half with six shots on goal. McLaughlin led with seven shots. Konig, Djiby and Dacres each had four shots.
TFCII: 10th - Tsubasa Endoh
TFCII: 31st - Tsubasa Endoh (Ben Spencer)
FCC: 41st – Danni Konig (Kenney Walker)
FCC: 49th – Kenny Walker (Corben Bone)
TFCII: 53rd – Shaan Hundal (Brandon Onkony)
FCC: 66th: - Djiby (Jimmy McLaughlin)
FCC: 90th: Justin Hoyte (Kenney Walker)
FCC: Mitch Hildebrandt, Tyler Polak, Harrison Delbridge, Justin Hoyte, Austin Berry, Andrew Wiedeman, Kenney Walker, Jimmy McLaughlin, Corben Bone, Danni Konig, Djiby
TFCII: Mark Pais, Rocco Romeo, Mitchell Taintor, Brnadon Onkony, Liam Fraser, Luca Uccello, Dante Campbell, Ashtone Morgan, Shaan Hundal, Ben Spencer, Tsubasa Endoh