FC Cincinnati explodes for three second-half goals to beat Ottawa Fury FC

Walker keys biggest scoring total of the season

OTTAWA, Canada – Look for FC Cincinnati’s Kenney Walker on the soccer highlights show nearest you.

Walker’s booming 40-yard volley broke a 0-0 tie in the 68th minute and sent the Orange and Blue to its biggest scoring explosion of the season and a 3-0 victory over Ottawa Fury FC Saturday afternoon.

After managing just three goals total in its first four matches, the Orange and Blue has scored five in its last two.

Walker's score shocked Fury goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, who was out of position in front of the net and no doubt never expected Walker to shoot, much less sail it over his head. It was Walker’s second goal in two weeks.

A minute later, FC Cincinnati’s Corben Bone sent a header past Crepeau after a perfect pass from the right from Emmanuel Ladesma.

Ladesma added a third goal from 30 yards to clinch FC Cincinnati’s first win since March 31 when it scored a 1-0 decision at Indy Eleven. The Orange and Blue had two draws and a loss since then.

Coach Alan Koch took it in stride.

Goalkeeper Spencer Richey completed a clean sheet with a nice diving save against Sito Seoane in the 87th minute. Richey got his first start with regular starter Evan Newton sidelined by an injury.

FC Cincinnati (3-1-2) returns to Indy Eleven at 7 p.m. Wednesday and hosts Atlanta United FC 2 at 7 p.m. Saturday at Nippert Stadium. 

The Orange and Blue stands fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with 11 points behind undefeated Louisville City (16) and Tampa Bay Rowdies, New York Red Bulls II and Pittsburgh Riverhounds (12).

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