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Recap: Red Bulls grab their first point of the season, fight Charleston Battery to a draw, 1-1

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The New York Red Bulls II, in search of their first win of the 2021 season, took on the Charleston Battery at MSU Soccer Park on a cool Friday evening in the North Jersey suburbs.

Early on, the New York Red Bulls II employed their usual high press attack, and it would pay off in the 10th minute as Battery center-back Jarad van Schaik was pressured to turn over the ball in the back, and Jack LaCava immediately pounced on the loose ball and powered it home for a 1-0 lead.

Charleston quickly tried to get back into the match, with former New York Red Bulls II midfielder Zeiko Lewis leading the attack. However, goalkeeper Luca Lewis and the Red Bulls II defense would shut it down, nullifying the threat.

Charleston would continue to threaten score, with the New York Red Bulls II midfield struggling to string passes together, creating chances in every possession. Including one sequence where a dangerous pass was delivered from Zeiko Lewis over to a wide-open Logan Gdula, but his shot went wide of the right post. 

The second half would be a chippy affair as both teams began to collect fouls which resulted in yellow cards, with many of them putting the Battery in dangerous positions to score from a free-kick. However, the Battery would still not score.

Charleston had a chance in the 64th minute as Lewis’ low cross from the right was turned on goal at close range by Stavros Zarokostas only for Red Bulls II goalkeeper Luca Lewis to make a good point-blank save.

The Red Bulls would have chances to get that elusive second goal, Michael Knapp's touch-pass would find the feet of Jack LaCava sprinting toward the goal, but he could not finish, pushing his shot wide right. 

The Red Bulls would pay for that missed chance as Zeiko Lewis would finally break through his goal in the 72nd minute, evening things up at a goal apiece.

The Battery would have another big chance to take the lead as Angelo Kelly-Rosales' point-blank header would be saved by Luca Lewis, denying the Battery a chance to take the lead. The Red Bulls would have one final chance to steal a victory deep in stoppage time, but Mandela Egbo's header would end up in the arms of Battery goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky as the match came to a close giving both teams a point apiece.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls II: Lewis, Egbo, Zalinsky, Edelman, Brummett (Mitchell - 60'), Reyes (Tombol - 73'), Acosta, LaCava (10'), Knapp, Sowe (Ofori - 91'), Rafanelllo

Unused Players: Marcucci, Andrews, Timchenko, Estrela

Charleston Battery: Kuzminsky, Di Rosa, Archer, Gdula, Crawford (Fahling - 60'), van Schaik, Paterson, Kelly, Z. Lewis (72') (Perez - 76'), Zarokotas (Daley - 76'), Cichero

Unused Players: Pondy, P. Lewis, Adesodun, Harmon, Daley, Harmon

Scoring Summary:
10' (New York Red Bulls II) Jake LaCava (2)
72' (Charleston Battery) Zeiko Lewis (1)

Discipline:
27' (New York Red Bulls II) Austin Brummett
43' (New York Red Bulls II) Michael Knapp
45+1' (Charleston Battery) Angelo Kelly-Rosales
54' (New York Red Bulls II) Daniel Edelman
54' (Charleston Battery) Logan Gdula
73' (Charleston Battery) Starvos Zarostarkas
87' (New York Red Bulls II) Omar Sowe
90+2' (Charleston Battery) Chris Fahling


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