NYRB II Wins Third Straight Road Game with St. Louis victory

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Writer

New York Red Bull II unleashed an onslaught of goals to defeat St. Louis FC 4-1 on Saturday night, extending their winning streak to three games — their longest of their first USL season.

Goals from Marius Obekop, Konrad Plewa and Frankie Castellanos led the charge with St. Louis making things a interesting in the second half with a goal by Jermie Lynch.

The win solidifies NYRB II’s place in the top six and puts pressure on Louisville City FC who remains just one point above New York in the standings.

From the start of the game, New York mirrored their performance in Louisville last week with a high pressure offense that kept St. Louis off balance. The unexpected addition of Marius Obekop and Leo Stolz in the lineup paid off almost immediately as the two connected on the team’s first goal in the eighth minute. Stolz sent a pass into the box where Obekop finished, putting New York ahead and the team never looked back from there. John Wolyniec’s side continued to press and nearly doubled the lead but couldn’t find the proper finish.

The second half saw St. Louis come out with a bit more effort. However, a halftime substitution saw Konrad Plewa enter the game for Marius Obekop and score very early in the half. The ball came to the top of the 16 yard box and Plewa sent a rocket past keeper Mark Pais, who could do little to keep it out of the net. Plewa almost scored a few minutes earlier from a Leo Stolz free kick and was easily the most dangerous player on the field for New York in the second half.

St. Louis wouldn’t let the game get away from them completely. After going down 2-0, they battled back and kept New York on the back foot until the 59th minute. Jermie Lynch’s goal gave the sold out crowd of over 5,000 hope as they pressed New York often for the equalizer. However, Wolyniec’s substitutions continued to play a key factor as Frankie Castellanos took advantage of a zealous St. Louis offense, scoring the third goal for New York in the 83rd minute. Konrad Plewa would add a second goal on the evening in the 90th minute to tie the teams record for biggest win in franchise history.

New York’s six game road trip will conclude next week against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on the 4th of July. The team is guaranteed to return home with an over .500 record as they have gone 3-1-1 over the road trip.