HARRISON, NJ - With time quickly running out in their USL Championship season, the last thing the New York Red Bulls II needed was a bad loss after finally putting an end to a horrendous four-match losing streak by getting a much-needed win against Loudon United last week in Leesburg, VA.
And a bad loss is what exactly happened tonight at Red Bull Arena as the Riverhounde battered and bullied the home side 3-0.
The on-again, off-again offense that was in display last week was missing in action. Even more disturbing the team registered just one shot on goal in the entire match. Despite holding the Riverhounds scoreless throughout the first half, they finally have broken through in stoppage time as forward Ropapa Mensah tipped the ball past goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley, while Roy Boateng exhibited some poor defending to put the visitors in the lead, 1-0
In the second, things got decidedly worse for the home side. And, just as many times before this season, silly mistakes would be the culprit. In the 51st minute, Preston Kilwien tries to clear the ball, but it wound up over the head of Wallis Lapsley right into the back of the net for an own goal to give the visitor a two-goal cushion.
The third and final goal for the Riverhounds was even more bizarre Omar Sowe tries to play the ball from the back, but forward Steevan Dos Santos intercepted the ball, curled it the box where midfielder Robbie Metz was waiting in front of the goal and tapped in the game-winner in the 58th minute.
The Red Bulls II would look to right the ship once again on Wednesday as the Philadelphia Union II comes calling to Red Bull Arena.