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Recap: Tampa Rally Past New York Red Bulls II

Photo by Ben Soloman

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Max Lachowecki notched a game-winning goal and assist to lead the Tampa Bay Rowdies to their second road victory against the New York Red Bulls II this season with a 2-1 result on Friday night at MSU Soccer Park that saw Jordan Adebayo-Smith also find the net.
New York Red Bulls II took the early advantage in the 9th minute, with Jake LaCava ripping a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that went to the far post.

Tampa Bay was looking to hit back after the early goal, when Sebastian Guenzatti nearly caused some issues with the New York backline in the 15th minute, when he pressured Jason Pendant, causing a turnover, but New York goalkeeper Luca Lewis was up to task, snuffing out the dangerous threat.

However, the Rowdies answered back in the 33rd minute, as a carom off a corner kick found the head of Jordan Adebayo-Smith who guided the ball into the back of the goal.

Just two minutes into the second half, the Rowdies took the lead. Laurence Wyke sent in a low cross and it was headed home by Max Lachowecki to give Tampa Bay the 2-1 advantage.

But while New York tried to apply pressure late and find an equalizer, but the Rowdies defense retained its composure for much of the final 20 minutes as the Red Bulls II failed to register a shot before stoppage time.

And after a late set-piece and ensuing deliveries into the penalty area were cleared by the visitors, the final whistle arrived, and the Rowdies walked away with all three points and leaving New York Red Bulls II once again searching for answers on playing a complete game in front their supporters at home.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls II: Luca Lewis, Jason Pendant, Emir Tombul, Kyle Zajec, Juan Catillo, Daniel Edelman, Samuel Williams, Jeremy Rafanello, Jake LaCava (9'), Omar Sowe, Serge Ngoma

Tampa Bay Rowdies: Evan Louro, Forrest Lasso, Jordan Scarlett, Maxwell Lachowecky (47'), Aaron Guillen, Connor Antley, Jordan Dorterey (Lewis Hilton 54'), Yann Ekra, Laurance Wyke, Sebastian Guenzatti, Jordan Adebayo-Smith (33')


Scoring Summary:
9' - (New York Red Bulls II) Jake LaCava, assisted by Serge Ngoma
33' - (Tampa Bay Rowdies) Jordan Adebayo-Smith, assisted by Maxwell Lachowecky
47' - (Tampa Bay Rowdies) Maxwell Lachowecky, assisted by Laurance Wyke

Disciplinary Summary:
21' - (New York Red Bulls II) Luca Lewis - Yellow card
42' - (New York Red Bulls II) Omar Sowe - Yellow card
45+1' - (New York Red Bulls II) Emir Tombul - Yellow card

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