Tom Barlow proved himself the Charleston Battery’s boogeyman, scoring the lone goal in a tightly contested first round USL playoff victory for the New York Red Bulls II.
NYRBII won their third straight road match on the strength of their defensive performance and strong play from Evan Louro. Despite a number of fantastic chances for the Battery, a lack of finishing doomed the home side.
NYRBII defeat Battery in opening round of USL Playoffs
The win marks the fourth straight year NYRBII advanced in the first round of the playoffs, and the second straight year they defeated the Battery in the opening round.
The first half featured plenty of sparring from both sides. NYRBII played toe to toe against the Battery physically, and chances remained at a premium. The Battery wasted a number of their best opportunities, pushing shots off target and failing to beat Evan Louro on target.
NYRBII opened the scoring in the 21st minute. Amando Moreno switched fields after breaking down the right side. The switch fell to Tom Barlow. The big striker cut back to his right foot and finished a curling effort from the top of the box.
The remainder of the match featured both teams struggling to finish their chances. The teams combined for a total of 22 shots. Jared Stroud was particularly wasteful on the night, missing three big chances for NYRBII.
NYRBII travel to Nippert Stadium next weekend to take on FC Cincinnati. FCC hold the advantage on the season series against NYRBII with a 1-0-1 record.
Man of the match
Evan Louro remained steady all night for NYRBII. The Battery created a handful of dangerous chances, but Louro stood tall and kept them out.