The New York Red Bulls II left it late, but found a way to defeat Louisville City FC, avenging their conference final loss last October.
The match hung in the balance all afternoon, with both sides struggling to finish their chances. Ultimately, Mathias Jørgensen added a late counter attack goal, giving NYRBII a 1-0 win over the defending champs.
LCFC had not lost since May 6th, a 3-2 loss against the Swope Park Rangers. NYRBII entered the match with Vincent Bezecourt serving as captain. Bezecourt had missed several weeks with a knee injury suffered in MLS against FC Dallas, and his return was a welcome sight.
NYRBII controlled the majority of the opening 45 minutes, but struggled to finish their numerous chances. Credit LCFC’s strong tactical defending and a bit of luck. Several chances fell victim to kind deflections, strong goalkeeping from Chris Hubbard, and shots placed just off target.
LCFC climbed into the match in the second half, but they suffered similar struggles in front of net. Evan Louro stood tall in the moments he was called upon, keeping the danger away from his net and cleaning up loose balls in the box.
Mathias Jørgensen found the best chance for NYRBII in the second half. After Edgardo Rito forced a turnover, the resulting attack led to Jørgensen receiving a perfect low cross in the center of the box. Jørgensen, under pressure, sent his shot well over goal, wasting the moment. It typified the struggles both teams had in the match.
In the 83rd minute, a spot of luck helped change the result for NYRBII. Ben Mines deflected an errant Louisville pass into the path of Jørgensen. Jørgensen used his speed to beat the LCFC backline, and finished low past Hubbard on the break. The goal gave Jørgensen his fifth of the season for NYRBII.
The win over LCFC improves NYRBII’s record to 9-3-2, and keeping the team in second place ahead of a tough three match road trip. NYRBII face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Nashville SC, and the Charleston Battery in a brutal seven game road stretch.