The New York Red Bulls II got their first win over Ottawa Fury FC this season thanks to an opportunistic goal from Jared Stroud.
NYRBII struggled in their previous two matches against the Fury, failing to score in either match. The last time they met, the Fury steamrolled NYRBII 3-0. This time out, stout defending, and a dash of luck helped see NYRBII through to a 1-0 win.
Stroud’s goal and Politz’s defensive work give NYRBII first clean sheet since May
In the 9th minute, Jared Stroud opened the scoring for NYRBII. Stroud raced forward on a counter attack following a Fury corner kick. The Fury defense cut out a pass intended for Andrew Tinari, and the deflected pass fell to Stroud racing into the box. Stroud calmly slotted his shot past the onrushing Maxime Crepeau. It was the first goal NYRBII scored against the Fury this season.
NYRBII created additional chances through Tinari, Stroud, Ethan Kutler, and Anatole Abang, but failed to capitalize on their chances. Both Crepeau, and a penchant to wander into offside positions, kept the lead to a single goal through the first half.
In the second half, the Fury went down to 10 men following a red card to Eddie Edwards. The defender intentionally used his arm to block a Jared Stroud header denying a goal. Anatole Abang stepped up to the spot looking for his first goal for NYRBII in two years. Crepeau read the shot well and saved the penalty. Keeping the match to a single goal advantage.
The man advantage did nothing to dissuade the Fury. They continued to attack, desperate for an equalizer. Leaning into the attack, the Fury left themselves vulnerable in the back. The Red Bulls created a number of strong chances to increase their advantage, but continued to be thwarted by Crepeau or wasteful.
NYRBII improve to 11-7-10 on the season, creating some breathing room from the other clubs vying for the final playoff spot and moving back into 7th place. Next up, NYRBII travel to Indianapolis to take on Indy Eleven.
Man of the match
Kevin Politz. On a night where the offense struggled to take their chances, Politz shone bright. Politz made a number of important tackles as the last line of defense, keeping NYRBII’s first clean sheet since May. With their recent defensive struggles, a strong performance at the back cannot be overlooked. Evan Louro did the work to organize the team, but Politz made it click.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography