The New York Red Bulls II fell victim to poor first half defending and a lack of finishing against North Carolina FC. Despite creating 21 shots on the night, they struggled to get them on goal against a compact NCFC defense, dropping their second straight match.
A man advantage gave NYRBII hope in the second half, but they could only pull one goal back, losing 2-1. Mathias Jørgensen got the start again for Wolyniec’s side, but the loss of Tom Barlow still looms large. NYRBII are now winless in three matches.
NYRBII came out strong. The opening minutes showcased NYRBII at their best. Strong pressing, long spells of possession, and a few clear, but missed chances told the story of a match the home side would control. But their wastefulness in front of goal, and a lack of ideas kept the match level. NCFC took the initiative to grab control.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 14th minute. After a couple of big stops for Evan Louro and the NYRBII defense, the home side was undone by a corner kick. Sam Brotherton cleaned up a loose ball following the corner, knocking it into the net through traffic. NYRBII’s defense fell asleep and they paid for it. It was Brotherton’s second goal of the season.
NCFC doubled the lead in the 38th minute. Evan Louro made a diving save at the beginning of the sequence, but the Red Bulls couldn’t clear the ball. Steven Miller took advantage of the poor defending, and struck a hard, well-placed shot for his third goal of the season.
NCFC forward Donovan Ewolo handed a lifeline to NYRBII in the 59th minute. Ben Mines challenged a 50/50 ball with Ewolo, and the forward ‘s tackle caught Mines. sending him to the ground. Silviu Petrescu did not hesitate, reaching for the red card immediately. The man advantage gave NYRBII hope over the remaining half hour.
NYRBII attacked in waves, and NCFC weathered the storm. Finally, in the 77th minute, Jared Stroud pulled one back for NYRBII. Stoud collected a loose ball at the top of the box. His low shot snuck in the left corner of the net. The goal renewed NYRBII’s energy and commitment.
The loss drops NYRBII to 6-3-2 on the season. A trip to Bethlehem Steel FC awaits next.
Photo by John Perdicaro