Gam-USL Wrap:Defeat for Sanyang’s Battery,Jatta’s LA thrash Pittsburgh while Touray’s Islanders held
- Thursday, 17 May 2012
- Written by Modou Lamin Beyai
The Rochester Rhinos tied the USL PRO record for wins to start the season, while also extending their shutout streak to six games, as they took a 1-0 victory against the Charleston Battery of Amadou “Baresi” Sanyang at Blackbaud Stadium.
Sanyang’s Battery carried the play for the majority of the game, forcing good saves from Rhinos goalkeeper Kristian Nicht throughout the contest, but they were unable to find a breakthrough as Nicht finished with 10 saves.
The Rhinos then took the lead in the 61st minute as Danny Earls drove a finish from 30 yards out just inside the right post for his first goal since returning to the club from a stint in Major League Soccer.
The Rhinos tied the record set by the Richmond Kickers last season, when they opened the USL PRO season with six consecutive victories. Sanyang’s Battery, who had their three-game winning streak ended, get next weekend off before they host a U.S. Open Cup second round contest against Reading United at Blackbaud Stadium. They then host the Los Angeles Blues of Ebrima “EJ” Jatta on Saturday, May 26.
Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Blues of Ebrima “EJ” Jatta took their second victory in as many games, and extended their undefeated streak to four games, as they scored all of their goals in the second half to take victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Chartiers Valley Stadium.
After an uneventful first half, the Blues took the lead in the opening minute of the second half as Scottish midfielder Ricky Waddell opened the scoring. Five minutes later, new addition Bright Dike opened his account for the Blues, the on-loan Portland Timbers striker scoring to make it 2-0.
Jatta’s Blues then wrapped up the game with just more than 20 minutes to play as Matt Fondy scored his second goal of the season. Los Angeles moved into fourth place in the USL PRO standings with the victory, while extending the Riverhounds’ losing streak to four games.
Finally, the Richmond Kickers twice took the lead but the Harrisburg City Islanders of Sainey Touray twice hit back quickly, as honors ended even at City Stadium. The Kickers took an early lead as Matt Delicâte scored his first goal of the season from a cross by Chris Agorsor in the eighth minute.
A minute later, though, the City Islanders were level as Sainey Touray scored his first goal of the season to tie the game. The Kickers regained the lead with 12 minutes to go, this time with Delicâte playing provider for Agorsor to score his first goal for the Kickers.
But Touray’s Harrisburg responded again, as Yann Ekra notched the equalizer in the 80th minute, earning his side a point.