MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Red Bull II could not hold an early one-goal lead as it suffered its first defeat of the season, a 3-1 loss to Loudoun United FC at MSU Park Saturday afternoon.
The setback dropped New York 13 points) to 4-1-1 as Loudoun United (5 points) improved to 1-2-2.
“We struggled defensively to be honest,” Red Bull II head coach John Wolyniec said. “Obviously, we missed some chances, but to give up three goals today was frustrating at home, especially with scoring first. That was one of the things we were talking about, we thought we’d have success if we scored first, but it almost stabbed us in the back.”
Mathias Jørgensen and defender Janos Loebe, who made their first starts and Red Bull II appearances, combined for the hosts’first goal in the fourth minute.”We had such a quick start where we thought we were going to be all over them after the goal,” said defender Sean Nealis, the only Red Bull II player to start and play 90 minutes of all of its games. “It was kind of a negative attribute to the game because we kind of sat back and let them get all over us. They ended up scoring two goals on us and having the majority of the chances in the first 20 minutes.”
Ten minutes later, Orlando Sinclair equalized for Loudoun United before Andrew Lubahn propelled the visitors into the lead in the 22nd minute.
Kyle Murphy, off an Akeem Ward feed, tallied an insurance score in the 78th minute.
“We gave up a lot of corner kicks, a lot of shots in the box,” Wolyniec said. We were second to a lot of balls, hesitant to rebounds and deflections. It seemed like it bounced to them all the time and most of the time that means that we’re not 100 percent focused and ready and we’re being a little hesitant rather than progressive and proactive. So, I think in the second half we played better, and the offense came to life.”
NYRB II will host Indy Eleven Sunday, April 28 at 5 p.m.