NYRB II Tops Harrisburg With Two Second Half Goals

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Writer

New York Red Bull II continued their good run of form on the road with a 2-0 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders, redeeming their poor performance at Red Bull Arena from just one week prior.

Both goals came after defender Dante Leverock was ejected from the game for yellow card accumulation. First it was Leo Stolz getting his second USL goal of the season and then substitute Franklin Castellanos who put the game away late.

Both goals ended a two game scoreless streak for the team and a return to the win column, improving the team’s overall road record to 4-3-2 and their overall standing at a playoff bound 7-7-4.

The first half saw New York playing in the usual high-paced offense we’ve been accustomed to seeing. With midfielder Devon “Speedy” Williams making his debut working along side Tyler Adams, the two did a formidable job keeping Harrisburg’s opportunities to a minimum while springing the offense on the counter. On the other side, Marius Obekop and Daniel Bedoya gave Islanders’ defenders fits as they pushed for the opening goal, coming up short on a few occasions. New Harrisburg striker Craig Foster nearly duplicated his goal from the first game in the 36th minute but Castano was able to keep him off the scoreboard.

The second half was much of the same with New York pressing the action. Red Bull II could not break Harrisburg until the red card to Leverock which helped push Harrisburg onto the back foot. The first goal came in the 74th minute when a loose ball found Leo Stolz in front of Nick Noble. The former UCLA standout buried the ball into the back of the net. The second and final goal came in the 78th minute when Franklin Castellanos split his defenders after receiving a great pass from the midfield, beating Nick Noble.

It was Castellanos’ first goal of the season and closed the door on Harrisburg’s chances.

The win moves New York back into the playoff picture with 25 points, a tie with Pittsburgh for 5th in the standings. It also provides the team with their first ever victory over the Islanders who have already taken the season series with wins in their first two meetings.

Next Saturday NYRB II will return to Red Bull Arena where they take on the Richmond Kickers with a chance to close the gap on 4th place.