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Recap: Revolution II Win 3rd Game In A Row
Revolution II win their third game in a row thanks to their first shut-out of 2023.
New England Revolution II were back in action at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night as they faced off against Columbus Crew 2.
Revolution II looked to keep the momentum going after securing a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia Union II in their second consecutive comeback win. Four changes were made to the starting line-up from the last match against Philadelphia Union II, with Nico Campuzano returning to the net while Colby Quiñones, Ben Awashie, and Malcolm Fry also entered the starting XI.
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Revolution II had a flurry of opportunities throughout a mostly uneventful opening 45, with their first real chance coming in the form of a Malcolm Fry cross from the right wing into the box for a waiting Jordan Adabayo-Smith.
Adabayo-Smith would have several opportunities to give Revs II the lead before getting the hosts on the board, providing relentless attacks up the right flank as the home team gained control of the match. His goal finally came in the 34th minute after a chaotic sequence of events for Columbus saw the forward in on an empty net. After winning the ball in their own defensive third Peyton Miller was able to play a ball in for Adabayo-Smith, who beat goalkeeper Brady Scott and defender Jacob Erlandson with a single touch.
In the waning moments of the first half, it looked as though Revolution II would bag their second goal of the match as Marcos Dias, realizing the Crew 2 keeper was caught way off his line, attempted a shot from range that soared over the crossbar and out for a Columbus goal kick.
Gianluca Armellino entered the game in the 60th minute, replacing Peyton Miller and becoming the 28th New England Revolution Academy player to make his professional debut with Revolution II.
In the 67th minute, Ben Awashie doubled the Revolution II lead with the first goal of his professional career. Awashie was able to find the back of the net after Crew 2 defender Ariel Mumba committed a foul just outside the eighteen. Jake Rozhansky played a lofted ball across the box, with Pierre Cayet’s initial attempt ricocheting off the post before Awashie was able to score on the rebound.
It looked as though Fry would add a third goal for Revs II on the night in the 80th minute, finding himself one v. one in the box with the keeper, he ripped a shot toward the lower left corner but Scott was able to get a hand on it and bat it away for a corner.
Revolution II made their final substitution of the match in the 86th minute, replacing Fry with Nakye Greenudge-Duncan as they continued to hold off the Crew 2 attack and record their first clean sheet of the 2023 season.
With Thursday’s victory, Revs II improve to a 6-3-1 record and draw even with Crew 2 at twenty points each. Revolution II return to action Sunday, May 28th when they host Inter Miami II at 6:00 PM ET on MLSNEXTPro.com.