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Rhinos win home opener 1-0
ROCHESTER, NY – The Rhinos opened their 19th season in Rochester with a 1:0 victory over the Charleston Battery in front of 6,385 fans on Sunday, April 27th 2014.
Fourth year midfielder/forward JC Banks scored the only goal of the match in the first half. Rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy kept his second consecutive clean sheet of the season. The victory moves the Rhinos into fifth place in the USL PRO table.
The Rhinos opened the scoring in the 19th minute. After receiving a short pass in the middle of the pitch from fellow holding midfielder Alec Sundly in the build-up, Lance Roseboom played a twenty yard pass into the feet of target player Tyler Rosenlund at the top of the box. Rosenlund had his back to goal, but held off Charleston center back Taylor Mueller, and flicked the ball into the path of withdrawn forward JC Banks. Banks took two touches before he fired past Charleston goalkeeper Eric Shannon and into the lower left hand corner of the Battery goal.
“Rosey was able to get into a pocket of space and receive the ball at his feet.” Banks said. “He flicked the ball onto me, and I was able to control it and put it in the bottom corner of the net. I'm not sure if the goalkeeper was able to see it, or if he was screened, but I felt like I struck it well.”
The goal was Banks third in four matches to start the 2014 USL PRO season. Banks is now tied for second in USL PRO in goals scored, and third in points. After a 2013 season that saw Banks limited by his rehabilitation, the fourth-year Rhino has returned to form after reconstructive surgery on his ACL in September 2012. In 2012 Banks was named First Team All-USL PRO, the Rhinos team MVP, and USL PRO assist leader with five goals and eight assists.
The Charleston Battery waited until stoppage time to get their first shot on goal of the match, but it was an effort that could have easily been the equalizer. Maikel Chang played a corner kick into the far post in the 92nd minute for Charleston. Battery captain Colin Falvey got on the end of the service and directed a header on goal from inside the six yard box. Falvey's header was powerful enough to beat Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper John McCarthy. Rhinos right back Pat McMahon worked in behind the goalkeeper to cover for him, and McMahon was able to clear the header up over the crossbar to save all three points for the home side.
The clean sheet was McCarthy's second in as many start. McCarthy recoded two saves in the match. He will take a 180 minute scoreless streak into his next start for the Rhinos.
The Rochester Rhinos return to their USL PRO schedule next weekend with a back-to-back road trip to Richmond and Wilmington. The Rhinos will visit the Richmond Kickers on Friday, May 2nd at 7PM in City Stadium. Rochester will visit the Wilmington Hammerheads on Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30PM in Legion Stadium. Both matches can be seen live in their entirety on YouTube Live.
The Rochester Rhinos next home match is on Saturday, May 10th at 7PM against the defending USL PRO Champion Orlando City.