The New England Revolution II concluded their 2020 campaign with a trip to Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, as they took on Forward Madison!
It was a chilly one in Wauwatosa as the temperature read 36 degrees at kickoff and proceeded to drop lower throughout the night.
There was only one change to Clint Peay’s starting lineup from the Revs II last match on October 21st. Orlando Sinclair returned to the XI for the first time since picking up a minor injury in the October 9th match against Fort Lauderdale.
Revs II came close to putting the first point on the board in the 10th minute when Sinclair’s through ball was heading towards Rennicks. Madison keeper Chris Brady pounced on it before the Revs Homegrown could get there.
Connor Presley came close to scoring in the 15th minute when his winding shot traveled to the top left corner of the goal. It was ultimately sent up and over the crossbar by Chris Brady. Pressley came close again moments later after the corner kick. Presley’s shot deflected off a Madison player and head towards goal, where Brady deflected it out of play.
Chris Brady would come up big again for Madison in the 21st minute as he was able to leap and get a hand on Colby Quinones shot.
Justin Rennicks scored the opening goal in the 30th minute after skipping through the Madison backline and getting on the end of Damian Rivera’s through ball. It was his fourth goal of the 2020 campaign.
An unwanted sight came in the 35th minute as forward Orlando Sinclair was down on the pitch. As both sides entered the hydration break, medical staff came on to tend to Sinclair. Sinclair’s night came to an end after being replaced by Nicolas Firmino in the 37th minute. Fans will remember Sinclair exiting the October 9th match after suffering a non-contact injury.
Clint Peay and squad walked off at halftime happy as they held a 1-0 lead over Forward Madison and looked to continue strong play in their final 45 minutes of their inaugural season.
Ryan Spaulding received the first booking of the night for Revs II in the 57th minute after colliding with Michael Vang.
Noah Fuson found the equalizer for Forward Madison in the 81st minute after slipping past the Revs II defense and getting the ball past Keegen Meyer.
Things would turn sour for Revs II in the 83rd minute when Jiro’s rocket of a shot ricocheted off Meyer’s hands and into the net.
Connor Presley came close to finding the equalizer in the 85th minute but was denied by the woodwork.
Clint Peay executed a double substitution in the 86th minute as Diego Sousa came on for Damian Rivera, and Meny Silva came on for Justin Rennicks. The game would ultimately end 2-1.
Although not the result Clint Peay and the squad were looking for as they concluded the 2020 season, all have to be content with the performance the predominantly youth-filled group had in their inaugural season.