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Recap: Revs II Extend Unbeaten Run to 11 Games
With two games left in the 2023 regular season, Revs II will look to finish strong as they seek a first place finish.
New England Revolution II were back home in Foxboro on Friday night to face off against Huntsville City FC, kicking off the final three games of the 2023 regular season. With their spot in the playoffs secured, New England will look to close out the regular season on a high note as they chase a first-place finish.
The Revs made a total of five changes to their starting line-up from their game against Philadelphia, seeing Max Weinstein, Tiago Suárez, Noble Okello, Marcos Dias, and Malcolm Fry earning starts.
Fry got the momentum going for the hosts as he opened the scoring in just the 8th minute, capitalizing on a rebound off Jack Panayotou’s initial shot to put New England ahead early. Panayotou’s shot — a well-hit one-timer from the top of the box — was saved by Huntsville’s keeper but Fry’s quick reaction allowed him to slot home his follow-up attempt.
New England went up a man just before half time as Isaiah Johnston was shown his second yellow, giving them an advantage going into the second half of the match.
It was another early goal for the Revolution to start the second half as an own goal from Huntsville’s Fernando Cicéron doubled the hosts’ lead in just the 47th minute. New England made their first changes of the match in the 59th minute, Olger Escobar and Jake Rozhansky entering the match for Fry and Dias.
In the 70th minute, Rozhansky was fouled hard by Cicéron in Huntsville’s box, drawing a penalty kick for the Revolution while both players were shown yellows, Cicéron for the tackle and Rozhansky for his retaliation.
It was Panayotou who put the game away for New England, calmly converting his penalty to extend New England’s lead and secure all three points for the home squad.
The Revs made a pair of substitutions in the 72nd minute as Italo and Patrick Leal entered the match, replacing Suárez and Okello respectively. They ended up making their final change of the match five minutes later with Jacob Akanyirige coming on for Quiñónes
With tonight’s win over Huntsville Revolution II improves to 14-5-7 on the season, extending their unbeaten streak to eleven matches, with 54 points, trailing Crown Legacy FC by just one point as of Sunday night.