Zajec brace breaks NYRBII winless streak against Steel

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The New York Red Bulls II winless streak is over after three matches. Kyle Zajec, and Mathias Jørgensen provided the fire power, defeating Bethlehem Steel FC soundly 4-0.

NYRBII came out brimming with energy. Through the first twenty minutes of the match, they held nearly two-thirds possession and outshot the Steel eight to one. Despite the lopsided stats, they struggled again to finish off plays.

That changed in the 25th minute. Kyle Zajec’s opened the scoring from the top of the box. Jared Stroud found Zajec’s open at the top of the box, and the first year midfielder calmly slotted a low shot inside of the right post. It was his first professional goal.

Zajec doubled his tally in the 31st minute. Sebastian Elney took a shot from the right side of the box that deflected out to Zajec. The midfielder took the shot on the volley, finding the back of the net again.

NYRBII continued to push the match throughout the first half, but failed to extend the lead. Mathias Jørgensen, Epps, and Elney seemed to struggle a bit with their first touch, losing out on opportunities in good positions. The Steel looked mostly to create transition opportunities, but found little space to operate in and around the NYRBII box.

Second half

Jøgensen created another opportunity for NYRBII in the 64th minute. After breaking behind the backline, a Steel defender pulled Jørgensen down in the box earning NYRBII a penalty kick. He fired home a strong penalty, extending the Red Bulls lead further, and scoring his fourth goal of the season. It was the first time a NYRBII striker scored in three matches.

NYRBII added to their lead in the 76th minute. Marcus Epps volleyed a shot at goal, and the ball squeaked under goalkeeper Tömas Romero. Steel defender Dante Huckaby attempted to clear the ball, but knocked it over the line for the fourth goal of the match.

NYRBII improve to 7-3-2 on the season and climb back up into second place, sitting three points behind leaders Tampa Bay Rowdies. Next up, NYRBII travel to take on Atlanta United 2 on June 7th.

Photo by John Perdicaro

About Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein is the managing editor of RBNN as well as the co-host of the Seeing Red and Raising Bulls podcasts.

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