RBNY II slump continues with Battery tie, 1:1
September 27, 2019 (Official Game Summary)
The Charleston Battery got the result they needed to keep its playoff hopes alive, stealing a point against New York Red Bulls II after a late goal earned it a 1-1 draw at MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field.
The game started off an unfortunate note. In the fourth minute, a heavy challenge on NYRBII defender Edgardo Rito resulted in the player being stretchered off due to a serious injury.
As the two teams settled back into the half, the Battery were the first to create a quality opportunity when they attempted to hit on the break in the 23rd minute. Ataulla Guerra could not finish off the move, instead sending his effort wide of NYRBII goalkeeper Evan Louro's near post. Trading chances, New York then got their opportunity in the first half when Jared Stroud drew a penalty after 38 minutes. Charleston goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky saved the tame attempt from the spot by Stroud to keep the score level.
Still scoreless through halftime, the hosts came out the stronger of the two sides and opened the scoring in the 51st minute when Omir Fernandez attempted to finish off a quick move. He ended up finding Mathias Jorgenson a couple of yards from goal, who got the goal from close in. In the 66th minute Jorgenson was sent in by Christopher Lema, but Kuzminsky came up with a point blank save after Jorgenson's touch led him just a hair wide on the right.
Charleston would have one more quality chance in stoppage as Vincenzo Candela recycled in a cleared corner kick and picked out substitute A.J. Patterson, who beat Louro from a few yards out to level the scoring at the death.