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Recap: Loudoun Shut Out by NYRB II

photo from New York Red Bulls II

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Powered by goals by Luther Archimede, Mandela Egbo, and Camron Harper's penalty kick, with a clean sheet provided by AJ Marcucci, the New York Red Bulls II get their first victory at home since September 4, by effectively dispatching Loudoun United, 3-0.

With both teams essentially eliminated from the USL Cup playoff picture, the only thing left for these two budding rivals to play for is pride. The last time the two sides met here at MSU Soccer Park back on the 30th of September, the match was showcased by an entertaining end-to-end affair, as the two teams settled to a 3-3 draw. 

With the Red Bulls II playing their last home match of the 2012 regular season, head coach John Wolyniec emphasized the importance of ending the season on a high note in front of the home supporters.

Red Bulls II nearly opened the scoring just seven minutes in. Luther Archimede darted into the Loudoun United defense, passed the ball over to Cameron Harper. Still, his shot was blocked off the line by goalkeeper Johnathan Mennell, who dove to his left to make the crucial save. 

But in the 20th minute, Luther Archimede would give the hosts the lead, taking a pass to the center of the box from Juan Castillo, and promptly looped the ball over Mennell, who could do nothing as he watched helplessly as the ball settled into the back of the net.  

In the 35th minute, Ted Ku-Dipierteo would draw a penalty for Loudoun United as he was fouled in the box by defender Juan Castillo. After a brief delay, his penalty shot was saved by New York goalkeeper AJ Marcucci, denying his chance to equalize the match. 

The follow-up shot then hit the crossbar, where there was a scramble for the loose ball, but the play was whistled dead by the official, as both Omar Sowe and Robert Dambrot received yellow cards during the wild sequence.

New York Red Bulls II would be involved in a penalty kick for the second match in the 46th minute; this time, Loudoun United defender Gaossou Samake clumsily tackled Mandela Egbo in the box, drawing the penalty. Cameron Harper converted the penalty to double the lead. 

The Red Bulls II would tack on another goal ten minutes later on a break, as midfielder Cameron Haper took the ball down the field, passed the ball to a wide-open Mandela Egbo, and he cooly slotted the ball in the net to give New York a three-goal advantage.

Loudoun United had a chance to get on the scoreboard in the 69th minute, as Theodore Ku-Dipietro took a pass from Timothy Mehl on a break, with only AJ Marcucci standing between him and the goal. However, his blistering shot slammed off the crossbar, highlighting a frustrating evening for the dynamic young midfielder.

The victory was most satisfying for this young team, giving the home supporters something to cheer for before they end the season before heading off on the road against The Miami FC on Sunday, and then wrapping up the season at Loudoun United on the 30th. 

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls II: AJ Marcucci, Curtis Ofori, Emir Tombul, Juan Castillo, Mandela Egbo; Sam Williams, Daniel Edelman, Cameron Harper (Austin Brummett, 69’) (Jason Pendant, 79’), Omar Sowe, Luther Archimede (Steven Sserwadda, 59’), Jake Lacava

Loudoun United FC: Jonathan Mennell, Robby Dambrot, Gaoussou Samake (Tyler Gabarra, 74’), Timmy Mehl, Jace Clark; Jeremy Garay (Giovanni Montesdeoca, 74’), Houssou Landry (Nicky Downs, 57’), Ted Ku-DiPietro, Jackson Hopkins (Michael Gamble, 57’), Xavier O’Neil (Darluis Paz, 45’), Jovanny Bolivar

Scoring Summary:
20' (New York Red Bulls II) Luther Archimede assisted by Juan Castillo
47' (New York Red Bulls II) Cameron Harper, converted penalty kick
56' (New York Red Bulls II) Mandela Egbo, assisted by Cameron Harper

Disciplinary Summary:
24' (Loudoun United) Timmy Mehl - Yellow card
36' (Loudoun United) R. Dambrot - Yellow card
38' (New York Red Bulls II) Omar Sowe - Yellow card
40' (New York Red Bulls II) Luther Archimede - Yellow card
51' (Loudoun United) N. Houssou - Yellow card
59' (New York Red Bulls II) Mandela Egbo - Yellow card
74' (Loudoun) Ted Ku-Dipeitro - Yellow card
81' (Loudoun United) J. Bolivar - Yellow card


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