By Emmi DeNovellis
On a beautiful Sunday night at MSU Soccer Park, the New York Red Bulls II (1-1-2, 6 points) defeated Huntsville City FC (0-2-2, 4 points), another expansion team, to record their first victory of the year holding onto a 1-0 lead from the first half.
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Following prompting a mistake in the Huntsville City FC end throughout first-half final minutes, New York Red Bulls II took the lead. Ricardo Gorday, who additionally was part of New York’s odd-man speed on the attacking side, received the ball within the final third and struck it beyond HCFC goalkeeper Elliot Panicco.
Throughout the late night, Huntsville generated numerous opportunities, such as a breathtaking combo play from Kemy Amiche to Ollie Wright. Amiche skated within the 18-yard box and crossed the ball to Wright, who hit a one-time volley, nevertheless, Goalkeeper AJ Marcucci made an outstanding save to prevent HCFC from scoring and maintain a clean sheet.
After the match, New York Goalkeeper AJ Marcucci addressed his performance on the night. However his true feelings are not about just his stellar performance, but providing recognition for the line in front of him.
“Pat on my back I guess, but I don’t like taking a lot of the credit because a lot of this stuff would not have happened without the back line there,” Marcucci said. “And I do what I got to do.”
Next up, Red Bulls II will hit the road to return to play to take on New England Revolution II on April 21st at 7pm.