New York Red Bulls II were defeated 3-0 by Ottawa Fury FC on Sunday.
Manager John Wolyniec made several changes to the squad after their draw against Bethlehem Steel on Wednesday. Evan Louro started in goal. Ethan Kutler started at right with Lucas Stauffer on the left, Hassan Ndam and Wahab Ackwei partnered at center back. Cristian Cásseres partnered with Chris Lema in the holding midfield. Up front Amando Moreno started on the left with Brian White on the right and Jose Aguinaga in the middle. Tom Barlow was the lone striker.
NYRB II found themselves down a goal just four minutes into the game. A quick ball over the top found Tony Taylor who squared for Adonijah Reid and his shot beat Louro to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Barlow had a great chance to equalize for NYRB II on a breakaway but even though Ottawa keeper Maxime Crépeau was off his line, he wasn’t able to convert on the chance.
Cásseres forced Crépeau into a good save after the midfielder chested the ball and fired a strike towards goal.
Lema had a great chance in the 30th minute after NYRB II had won a free kick just outside the box, but his shot from the resulting free kick just missed the post.
Kutler had his attempt from a free kick minutes later pushed behind by Crépeau as Wolyniec’s men continued to control the game.
Moreno had a good chance before half as well, but shot wide and Wolyniec’s troops went into half in control of the game despite being down a goal.
However, it would be the closest NYRB II would get to tying up the game as Reid grabbed his second 12 minutes into the second half and put Ottawa up 2-0.
Wolyniec decided to make changes to the team as he sent on Ben Mines and Andrew Tinari for Barlow and Aguinaga.
Despite the changes NYRB II were again exposed on the counter and Reid completed his hat trick.
White had a great chance to get one back for NYRB II but Crépeau made a great stop to deny the forward and his follow up shot went over the bar.
NYRB II weren’t able to get on the board for the rest of the game and suffered their first defeat at Montclair State University this year.
Wolyniec felt his squad had some good moments but overall didn’t play well enough to win the game.
It’s been a tough week, late goals in midweek is not what we want and certainly was disappointing today. There were definitely some bright spots and we did some good things, put some good plays together but we let ourselves down in the first plays of the game. Some of the stuff we talked about before the game started we didn’t do a good job with. As a staff we felt like we prepared the team but we didn’t heed the warning before the game. Once we gave up the first goal it was tough for us to get back into it. We had some chances and we should’ve had a tap in but somehow play gets stopped. In the end I think we deserved to lose though.
Kutler felt the team created a lot but needed to be more in tune with each other over the course of the 90 minutes.
Obviously a tough result, 3-0 at home that’s never a result you want to have. You’re always looking to get 3 points at home so we didn’t do the job in that respect. It’s tough it’s a hot day, no excuses but we play a tough style and for guys to be running for 90 minutes straight you have to stay tuned in and work for each other. On the day that’s something we and myself included didn’t accomplish. There’s some positives we can take out of the game especially in the first half. We were getting in behind, swinging in crosses, I’m interested to look at the stats of the game I’m sure we out shot them by a ton. A lot of it is being confident on the ball, clinical in the box and finishing our chances.
NYRB II will look to get back on track when the travel to Louisville next weekend to to take on Louisville City FC. The game will take place on Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 pm.