Wallace’s Late Blast Gives NYRBII a Stoppage Time Victory

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Staff Writer

New York Red Bull II scored a 3-2 victory, and their second win of the season, off of a stoppage time howler from Anthony Wallace in front of 398 fans.

The game was back and forth with NYRB II needing to take the lead three times in order to secure the result. An own goal in the first half followed by a Manolo Sanchez header in the second twice gave New York the lead but it was Wallace’s finish in the 93rd minute that made the win stick.

After the game, head coach John Wolyniec was none too pleased with his side’s performance, despite the three points. “For me, it’s not as important as putting a good performance out that better our players.” Wolyniec didn’t just verbally show his frustration. A halftime substitution of Leo Stolz for Derrick Etienne was a tactical display of that frustration.

The first half was back and forth with both teams holding possession and not being able to grab a firm hold of the momentum. A cross in the sixth minute by Manolo Sanchez took a deflection off of a Pittsburgh defender and found the back of the net for the team’s first lead since their victory over Toronto FC II. Not two minutes later, Rob Vincent scored his fifth goal of the season, beating Castano to level the score.

The game remained deadlocked as the second half loomed.

Shawn McLaws, a player that has certainly turned some heads, provided the go-ahead service in the 66th minute to Manolo Sanchez. The striker’s header beat Riverhounds keeper Thompson who could do little to stop the chance. From there it appeared that New York would hold on to the lead until Rob Vincent struck again in the 84th minute.

As the end drew near, Anthony Wallace, who was certainly one of the standouts in the game, cracked a shot from the top of the box in the 93rd minute to put New York ahead for good.

“We had them under pressure,” said Wallace after the game. “(The ball) came back close to where I happened to be standing, took a deep breath, touched it, put my head down and just striked it.”

New York is now tied with Pittsburgh for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Next Saturday, the team will return to Red Bull Arena to play the Harrisburg City Islanders.


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