FOXBORO, MA - MAY 2: Matt Reis #1 of the New England Revolution looks on before their game against the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium on May 2, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Reis earned his 100th win in goal on Wednesday night (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
Coming off a disappointing loss in New York on Saturday afternoon, the Revolution returned home in search of answers ahead of their match with Colorado, and tonight, it was Saer Sene providing the answers, as well as Matt Reis' 100th victory in goal.
Fielding a largely unchanged squad (Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps only made two changes: inserting Fernando Cardenas and Benny Feilhaber for Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nguyen) the Revs were able to overcome an early 1-0 deficit and prevail, 2-1.
Playing for the second time in five days, the Revolution looked a little sluggish at the start, and fell behind early in the 21st minute after Jamie Castrillon found himself free in the box off a Martin Rivero corner kick and headed home the opening goal.
It was as if the opening goal almost brought the Revs into the match, as it only took them six minutes to equalize through their French talisman, Saer Sene. After a brief battle for the ball on the right flank, Clyde Simms won the ball back and played it back to Stephen McCarthy who found Sene in the box, and the tall striker found a way to slam it home.
"It was a goal, I'm a striker," Sene commented, adding "the ball came to me and I went with my first action and I scored, and I'm happy for the team."
New England dodged a bullet in the 31st minute when Hunter Freeman found a streaking Martin Rivero in the box, but Reis came off of his line aggressively and corralled the ball, ending the threat.
The Revs went ahead eight minutes later in the 39th minute, after a dangerous free kick found the feet of Saer Sene, who played the ball into Fernando Cardenas in the Colorado box, and with a deft left-footed chip of the keeper, the Colombian midfielder put the Revs ahead for good.
Cardenas was pleased, but he certainly put things in the right perspective saying, "This goal will give me confidence, so long as I continue to work, work, work to get better, but the more important thing was to get the three points."
The goal came at the perfect time for New England, as the Revs headed to the locker room with a lead and loads of confidence, which showed well into the second half where they continued to carry the run of play.
Colorado finally mustered a chance in the 69th minute that nearly tied the game, but it was clearly Matt Reis' night, as the veteran keeper found a way to keep Jamie Castrillon's header from finding the top corner.
After one final push in the 82nd minute, Colorado earned a free kick just outside the Revolution box, but the resulting free kick was fired right at Reis, and the Revolution held on for their third victory on the young season.
Jay Heaps was pleased with the effort, but knew his side could perform better, "I thought that it certainly wasn't our best game from a standpoint of how we played but what I was really excited about was the resolve we showed."
Continuing what seems to be a road-trip filled season, the Revolution will head out west once again, this time to take on Real Salt Lake on Saturday night in their third and final match of this brutal eight-day stretch.