NYRB II Drops a Heartbreaker After Stolz Red Card

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Beat Writer

It was a role reversal for New York Red Bull II as Leo Stolz red card opened the door for Harrisburg City to score a stoppage time goal  sending them to a 2-1 victory at Red Bull Arena. Shaffer’s cross deflected off of the New York substitute Plewa and beyond Castano who was problematic but also strong in goal. Red Bull II led 1-0 early in the game off of a goal by defender Andre Jean-Baptiste but before the half hour mark, Harrisburg City clawed back with a goal by Barril. The loss drops New York to ninth place as they lose the momentum generated from last week’s dramatic victory.

The first half was end-to-end as both New York and Harrisburg City found space to make play exciting early on. A corner kick in the ninth minute saw the all bounce around in the the box and find the foot of Andrew Jean-Baptiste who scores with a goal into the top right corner of the net. New York continued to the onslaught in the twentieth minute when Tsonis chipped the ball into the face of goalkeeper Nick Noble. It wasn’t long before the Islanders drew even with a goal by Barril.

The second half saw New York have more possession but less opportunity. On several occasions, New York was caught on the counter, something Harrisburg has seemingly perfected over the course of the season. Castano was asked to come up big on several attempts and with the help of the goal posts was able to keep the score even. It wasn’t until the eighty-fifth minute when Leo Stolz captured his second yellow card that the game firmly fell into the hands of Harrisburg City. Well into stoppage, Shaffer’s cross found Barril, who’s shot was deflected by Plewa into the back of the net.

New York’s loss drops them below the sixth place playoff line with only two home games remaining before an extended road trip. Next week, the team will make its debut at Columbia University in Manhattan, hosting the Charleston Battery on Sunday night.