NYRB II Lose Four Goal Stunner To Wilmington


USL Writer

A motivated Wilmington Hammerheads team grabbed the final result of the season against NYRB II 4-2, handing New York one of their worst losses of the season.

The last place Hammerheads came into this game without a win in their last six games and only twelve goals scored all season long. Two goals from Stefan Defregger in the first half led the offensive charge as Red Bull II’s defense suffered another blow.

The first half saw New York start extremely slow. Wilmington looked dangerous and were able to take advantage of a tired Red Bull II team, it being their third game in seven days, New York played with heavy legs and allowed the Hammerheads strikers to move the ball almost freely around the field. The first goal came in the 18th minute as Defregger scored his first of the season, assisted by Christian Bassagog. New York responded with an equalizer by Marius Obekop but just three minutes later, Defregger scored yet again and the Hammerheads never relinquished the lead.

Heading into the second half NYRB II trailed 3-1 and their play for the remainder of the game did little to improve the score. A tough challenge in the box awarded Wilmington a penalty which Brian Ackley converted for their fourth goal of the game. An injury to starter Stefano Bonomo brought in Chris Tonis who added a consolation goal for New York.

The loss to Wilmington is certainly an upset and may be linked to the tough fixture schedule that New York has endured over the past week. That schedule won’t get easier as NYRB II will play one more again on Wednesday at Red Bull Arena against the Charlotte Independence. There may be tired legs but a rebound will be necessary to keep their hold on a playoff spot as the season draws to a close.

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