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Recap: Mitchell sparks second half rally as Red Bulls II draw 2-2

Roald Mitchell and the New York Red Bulls II overcame early mistakes and avoid the loss by sparking a second-half rally from two goals down to share the points with the Charleston Battery on Sunday afternoon.

The New York Red Bulls II traveled down to Charleston to maintain momentum after getting their first victory against Loudon United last weekend. Meanwhile, the Charleston Battery was looking for their first victory of the 2021 USL Championship campaign.

Just three minutes into the match, New York goalkeeper Anthony Marcucci took too long to move the ball with his feet in his own penalty area. He gave the ball away right to Charleston forward Stavros Zarokostas, who scored the early goal to put the home side in the lead.

The home side then doubled things up in the 24th minute. Off a corner kick, Battery defender Erik McCue took a pass from Zeiko Lewis and buried it in the back of the net, squeezing the shot between Anthony Marcucci and the far post while he was trying to make the save to no avail.

The New York Red Bulls II would have a chance to get on the scoreboard in the 44th minute as Mitchell darted down to pitch after taking a pass from Omar Sowe. Still, Charleston's goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky read the play well and effectively shut down the attack with a key save.

But Roald Mitchell would be involved in the Red Bulls' two goals in the second half to get them back in the match. First, in the 61st minute, he earned a penalty after he was fouled in the box by Leland Archer. Mandela Egbo converted the penalty kick to put the Red Bulls on the scoreboard.

Then, just five minutes later, he took a great pass from Juan Castillo and blasted the ball past Charleston goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky for his first goal of the season to even the match at two. Mitchell almost added his second of the game as he got in behind the Battery backline on a counterattack, only for Kuzminsky to come up with the save as he came off his line. 

The Red Bulls II, sensing that the tables were turning, pressed the attack and had a golden chance in the 90th minute when Austin Brummett then sent a finish wide of the left post in the final minute. Shortly after that, Charleston’s Nicque Daley fired into the right side-netting deep in stoppage time, but honors ended even, and the points were shared.

Starting XI:

Charleston Battery: Joe Kuzminsky, A.J. Paterson, Erik McCue (69' Benjamin Di Rosa), Leland Archer, Logan Gdula, Geobel Perez Oquendo (75' Dionysius Harmon), Robbie Crawford, Zeiko Lewis, Burke Fahling (90' ), Angelo Kelly-Rosales, Stavros Zarokostas (75' Nicque Daley)

New York Red Bulls II: Anthony Marcucci, Joseph Zalinsky, Mandela Egbo, Emir Tombul, Juan Castillo (69' Curtis Ofori), Daniel Edelman, Jacke LaCava (90' Michael Knapp), Dru Yearwood (75' Matthew Acosta), Roald Mitchell (75' Austin Brumett), Omar Sowe, Jeremy Rafanello

Scoring Summary:
3'   - (Charleston Battery) - Stavros Zarokostas unassisted
24' - Charleston Battery) - Erik McCue assisted by Zeiko Lewis
62' - (New York Red Bulls II - Mandela Egbo PK
66' - (New York Red Bulls II) - Roald Mitchell assisted by Juan Castillo

Misconduct Summary:
11' - (New York Red Bulls II) Jeremy Rafanello - YELLOW CARD
37' - (Charleston Battery) Robbie Crawford - YELLOW CARD
40' - (New York Red Bulls II) Daniel Edelman - YELLOW CARD
45' - (New York Red Bulls II) Joseph Zalinsky - YELLOW CARD
61' - (Charleston Battery) Leland Archer - YELLOW CARD
70' - (Charleston Battery)  A.J. Paterson - YELLOW CARD


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