New York Red Bulls II (5-5-4) went down to Louisville and came away with a 2-0 win over Louisville City FC (5-3-5). The high press defense was in full effect with goals from Konrad Plewa and Derrick Etienne coming off of turnovers by Louisville City in the final third.
Louisville's Conor Shanosky had a casual giveaway in the 4th minute which fell to Konrad Plewa who was able to score his first goal as a professional and put the Red Bulls up 1-0. Aided by poor field conditions, the Red Bulls were able to dominate the midfield and had another opportunity in the 26th minute after Academy player Derrick Etienne made a 60 yard slalom through the opposition and fed Chris Tsonis whose shot went off the post.
Etienne doubled the Red Bulls lead in the 50th minute. Tyler Adams forced a turnover in the final third and played the ball into Tsonis. Tsonis brought the ball down to an onrushing Etienne who was able to calmly finish past the Louisville keeper, his third on the season.
The match got a bit feisty with multiple flare-ups and six yellow cards for NYRB II, but the referee was able to maintain order. Louisville outshot the Baby Bulls, 14-8, but were unable to get the ball past keeper Santiago Castano and into the net. Castano, on loan from the MLS squad, made four saves in the win.
Despite losing, Louisville enjoyed hosting a record crowd of 7,454. The Baby Bulls are 2-0-1 in their last three matches which includes two consecutive shutouts.
New York Red Bulls II's next match is against Saint Louis FC on Saturday, June 27th at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Missouri.
Castano; McLaws, Jean-Baptiste, Ouimette, Heffron; Metzger, Adams, Plewa; Etienne, Tsonis, Bedoya
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