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RECAP: New York Red Bulls II fall to North Carolina FC, 3-0

North Carolina kept their postseason chances alive with a three-goal first half that paved the way to a much-needed win against New York Red Bulls II, 3-0.

Recently North Carolina FC and the New York Red Bulls II agreed to a hastily arranged neutral site game in place of two separately canceled fixtures against Loudoun United FC. The reason was that Loudon United had to cancel their remaining games after some of their staff members were tested positive for COVID-19.

NCFC took control of the match early on as midfielder Andre Fortune was brought down in the penalty area by Jake LaCava. Fortune stepped up to the penalty spot and converted his sixth goal of the regular season in the 12th minute.

Benjamin Speas then struck in the 26th minute as he tucked home a first-time finish from the center of the penalty center after Pecka had driven in from the right and cut back an excellent low cross for Speas to knock home.

However, John Tolkin mistakenly added an own goal three minutes in stoppage time in the first half to put NCFC up by three. Newly acquired goalkeeper Luca Lewis recorded three saves in the loss to provide the lone bright spot for the Red Bulls.

The New York Red Bulls II will finish their season with a home match against Hartford Athletic on October 4 at 5:00 pm EST


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