Clint Peay and Revolution II took the pitch at Gillette Stadium for the last time this regular season as they hosted Forward Madison in their first of two matches this week.
Revs II came in looking to bounce back after suffering a 1-0 loss on the road to Toronto FC II in their previous matchup.
With four games left in their regular season, it was important for the Revolution II to buckle down as they look to earn their first berth to the USL League One Playoffs. Revs II entered Tuesday’s match in fifth place in the USL League One standings with 34 points.
Tuesday’s meeting between Madison and New England was their fourth in 2021, with Revs II holding two wins over Madison this year.
Justin Rennicks looked to take advantage of a Madison turnover in the 4th minute as he drove up the pitch. Rennicks would be stopped as he was fouled before he could capitalize on the turnover.
Damian Rivera looked to find rookie Edward Kizza in the 7th minute as he flicked the ball over his defender and upfield. Before Kizza could pounce on it, Madison keeper Phil Breno would scoop the ball up and put an end to New England’s offensive chance.
Revolution II would score their fastest goal of the 2021 campaign as Rennicks would find his fourth goal of the season in the 9th minute after a beautiful backheel flick from Maciel’s cross would chip over Phil Breno and into the back of the net.
Rennick’s early goal was huge for Revs II as New England was 9-2-3 when scoring first while Forward Madison was 1-6-4 when conceding first.
Forward Audi Jepson came close to finding an equalizer for Madison in the 18th minute as he sent a low shot towards the bottom left corner of the net. Joe Rice made a dive to his right and punched the ball away from goal preventing Madison from finding the tying goal.
Revs II loanee Ryan Sierakowski came close to scoring on his old club in the 25th minute as Ryan Gebhard’s perfectly placed through ball found Sierakowski just outside of goal with Rice trailing. Sierakowski was unable to get a foot on it as the ball trickled away from danger.
Kizza looked to add another goal to his Revs II account in the 40th as he found himself one-on-one with Breno. Kizza would send a shot nowhere near the net on a golden opportunity to put Revs II up 2-0 in the first half.
Rivera looked to find the back of the net after dispossessing a Madison defender in the Revs II attacking half. Rivera would advance towards the left side of the goal, where he sent a shot to the keepers near post. Breno was all over it as he deflected it out for a Revs II corner kick.
Revs II’’s first substitution came in the 46th minute as Noel Buck would come on for Meny Silva. Esmir Bajraktarevic would come into the match in the 75th minute as he replaced Rennicks.
Sean O’Hearn would exit the match in the 82nd minute as it appeared he was suffering from cramps. Colby Quinones would be the one to replace O’Hearn.Revs II’s final substitution came in stoppage time as François Dulysse would come on for Rivera.
Forward Madison was not going to go down without a fight as they looked to find their first goal in three games. Noah Fuson looked to change that at the end of stoppage time as he sent a shot to the near right post of the Revs II goal. Fuson’s shot would bear just right as it rolled out for a goal kick.
Revs II would hold on to secure a 1-0 victory in their home finale thanks to an outstanding goal from Rennicks in the 9th minute. Revs II win would hoist them to 4th place in the USL League One standings with just three games left in their season.
Clint Peay and crew will look to improve their playoff chances on Saturday as they begin their final road stretch as they take on third-placed Greenville Triumph at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN+.