The New York Red Bulls II dropped two points in their final match of a three match home stand against North Carolina FC.
Despite a strong start to the match, a red card and a late goal kept NYRBII from another home victory. NYRBII twice held the lead, but surrendered from the winning position to draw 2-2.
NCFC late goal steals two points from NYRBII
NYRBII came out strong in the first half, albeit sloppy. The lineup featured Anatole Abang, Allan Yannes, and Fidel Excobar. Despite the combined experience, the three players are short on minutes at NYRBII. Through the first 20 minutes, NYRBII controlled the game. NCFC struggled with the high-press, but began to break out of their bunker as the half wore on.
Evan Louro came up big on a number of chances for NCFC. Maintaining the 0-0 scoreline was critical for NYRBII. Their ability to climb back into matches after surrendering the lead has been problematic this season.
NYRBII appeared to open the scoring in the 38th minute, but Anatole Abang was adjudged offside. One minute later, Jose Aguinaga officially opened the scoring. A counter attack opportunity made its way to Aguinaga at the top of the right side of the box. Aguinaga fired a low shot to the far post that beat a diving Alex Tambakis.
Daniel Rios quickly pulled NCFC level in the second half. In the 46th minute, a miscommunication between Hassan Ndam and Allen Yannes let Marcel Kandziora into the box. Kandziora’s low cross found Rios in the six yard box for an easy tap in.
Lucas Stauffer returned the advantage to the Red Bulls in the 53rd minute. Aguinaga found Stauffer streaking into the box. The left back’s first touch was heavy, but he managed to beat Tambakis to the ball, chipping it over the keeper for his second goal of the season.
Things went a bit sideways in the 65th minute. Moments after entering the match, Ben Mines was involved in a challenge and appeared to kick out at Connor Tobin. Mines remained down injured after the challenge, and then received a red card as he exited the field.
NCFC equalized in the 90th minute. A scrum in front of the goal left Evan Louro prone and helpless to stop Ulrich Ewolo’s follow up shot from finding the back of the net.
NYRBII go to 9-7-9 on the season with the draw. Next up, they head to Charleston to take on the Battery.
Man of the match
Jose Aguinaga quietly put in a a strong performance starting on the right wing. Aguinaga’s goal and assist were all the scoring NYRBII needed on the night. He’s had difficulty breaking into the lineup, but his versatility makes him a valuable option for Wolyniec and co.