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Recap: Red Bulls II Battle Loudoun to a 3-3 Draw

Photo courtesy of New York Red Bulls II

MONTCLAIR, NJ - In a match that featured 33 shots and six goals, including three scored in a three-minute stretch in the second half, The New York Red Bulls II and Loudoun United battled to a 3-3 draw at MSU Soccer Park on Thursday night.

Loudon United would put New York Red Bulls II on their heels right from kickoff pressing the attack as Giovanni Montesdeoca's chance tested AJ Marcucci early, but his shot missed wide to his right. Jace Clark continued the pressure with his chance, but his follow-up shot flew just wide of the right post.

United Foward Theodore Ku-Dipietro would make an impact, scoring his 6th goal of the season; shortly after taking a great pass from Gaoussou Samake, he beat his defender and easily slotted it past New York goalkeeper AJ Marcucci to give the visitors the lead in the 4th minute.

With the match's pace dictated by Loudoun United, it would pay off in the 20th minute. They doubled the lead as Theodore Ku-Dipietro, confidently slicing through the New York defense, found a wide-open Jackson Hopkins in front of easily tapping the ball in the net. 

After starting a great run down the pitch, Cameron Harper delivered a cross that went untouched despite Luther Archmidie and Omar Sowe standing dangerously nearby, thoroughly frustrating coach John Wolyiniec as he looked up to the night sky in exasperation.

Omar Sowe answered whatever prayers he had in the 36th minute when he took a pass from Kyle Zajec and rushed toward the net. United goalkeeper Johnathan Mennell fouled Sowe in the box, drawing a foul penalty in the penalty area, and quickly converted the penalty kick shortly afterward to cut the visitor's lead in half.

Undaunted, Loudon United was able to push forward to restore the two-goal cushion. Still, this time, the New York Red Bulls II defense could stiffen up to thwart the United attack as the referee brought the frantic, electric first half to a close. 

The second half started just like the first, with goals aplenty by both sides four minutes apart ten minutes in. First, midfielder Kyle Zajec delivered a great cross in front of the box, which found the head of Luther Archimede, scoring his first professional goal by heading the ball into the back of the net.

But United would immediately answer as Gaussou Samake took a pass off a bounce from Jeremy Garay and blasted it past Marcucci to take the lead in the 57th minute. But the lead would not last very long. Mathias Jorgenson took a pass from Luther Archimede and scored his second goal of the season to even the match at three apiece just one minute later. 

The two teams would spend the last 30 minutes trading some dangerous chances during another end-to-end sequence, including a chance by Kyle Zajec that drifted just wide late in the match, but neither team would score as the match ended in a draw. Putting an end to a wild but entertaining match in the Northern New Jersey Campus.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls II: AJ Marcucci, Madela Egbo, Emir Tombul, Juan Castillo, John Cortez, Jeremy Rafanello, Kyle Zajec, Sam Williams, Omar Sowe (Mathias Jorgensen 45'), Cameron Harper (Jake LaCava 45'), Luther Archimede (Nichaolas Raibu 77')

Loudoun United: Jonathan Mennell, Robby Dambrot, Allexon Saravia, Timmy Mehl (Houssou Landry 45'), Theodore Ku-Dipietro (4'), Jeremy Garay, Gaoussou Samake (57')(Massimo Fermin 90+2'), Michale Gambale (Nicky Downs 64'), Joseph Hopkins (20'), Jace Clark (Jacob Greene 74'), Giovanni Montesdeoca (Xavier O'Neill 64')

Scoring Summary:
4' (Loudoun United) Theodore Ku-Dipietro, assisted by Gaoussou Samake
20' (Loudoun United) Jackson Hopkins, assisted by Theodore Ku-Dipietro
37' (New York Red Bulls II) Omar Sowe - converted penalty kick
55' (New York Red Bulls II) Luther Archimede, assisted by Kyle Zajec
57' (Loudoun United) Gaossou Samake, assisted by Jeremy Garay
58' (New York Red Bulls II) Mathias Jorgensen, assisted by Luther Archimede

Disciplinary Summary:
24' (Loudoun United) Timothy Mehi - Yellow card
24' (New York Red Bulls II) Kyle Zajec - Yellow card
36' (Loudoun United) Jonathan Mennell - Yellow card
63' (New York Red Bulls II) Michael Knapp - Yellow card


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