Red cards cost Rhinos in 2-1 loss
MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Rhinos had their 6-match unbeaten streak come to a halt, as New York Red Bulls II defeated Rochester 2-1. NYRB II’s Arun Basuljevic; the USL’s leading passer, opened up the scoring just 5 minutes into the match. His first professional goal paced New York as they defeated the Rhinos for the first time in team history (1-6-3).
Rhinos center-back Joe Farrell was sent off for picking up a second yellow card just before halftime - which added insult to injury as the Red Bulls II had their foot on the gas from the very beginning of the match, outshooting Rochester 7-0 in the first half.
New York took advantage of the extra man, dominating the second half and doubling their lead in the 55th minute. A defensive error sent Stefano Bonomo in behind the defense and he slotted the ball past Tomas Gomez for his second goal in as many games.
Darius Madison came on in the 62nd minute and made an instant impact as he won a corner just seconds after coming on for the Rhinos first positive play since going a man down. His impact would turn into a goal as he was taken down in the box in the 70th minute. Originally the call was for a goal kick, but the assistant referee talked head referee Charles Murphy into changing the call.
Wal Fall would take the ensuing penalty kick and keep his perfect penalty record alive (5/5) for his team-leading 7th goal of the season to give the Rhinos new life.
The match would change once again, as an 83rd-minute skirmish after the whistle resulted in red cards to both Kenardo Forbes and NYRB II’s Basuljevic. The match would finish 10-on-9.
Rochester would get a couple half chances late, but nothing would come from the set pieces.
The Rhinos will finish their 3-match road trip on Tuesday, August 8th at the Harrisburg City Islanders in the second leg of the Capelli Sport Hero Cup. The Rhinos took the first leg at home 1-0. Both teams will wear specially-designed Capelli Sport camouflage jerseys that will be available for auction until August 15th.
The Rhinos will then return home on August 19th to face the first-place Charleston Battery. The Battery defeated Rochester in the third match of the season 5-0 in South Carolina back on April 15th.
Shots: NYRB II 13 (4) - 4 (2)
Possession: NYRB II 53% - 47%
Corners: ROC 8 - 6
Fouls: NYRB II 15 - 11
NY - Arun Basuljevic 5' (Stefano Bonomo)
NY - Stefano Bonomo 55'
ROC - Wal Fall 70' (PEN)